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I'm looking for recommendations on books set during the dust bowl. I'm more interested in non-fiction then fiction unless it's really good.

Any suggestions?

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kazimaktempest
Jan. 1st, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
I can recommend a couple of books about the experience of people migrating out of the dust bowl. The first is John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. It tells the story of the Joad family as they move from their foreclosed farm west. Steinbeck as always is amazing in his observation and description of people. Although this is fiction I feel safe in saying, like all his work, this one is really good.

The other book that comes to mind is Woody Guthrie's Bound for Glory. This one is Guthrie's, mostly factual, autobiography and tells the story of his migration from Oklahoma and his eventual discovery. Like Steinbeck, Guthrie is a born storyteller and in his own story he expresses the life of the American people during the depression.
im_writing
Jan. 1st, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

I read it a *really* long time ago (like, in '99 when it came out) but I remember liking it. It's the journal of a 14 year old girl during the dust bowl in Oklahoma. It won a Newbery award.
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