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What have you been reading this week?

a.s.
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Mar 14 2007, 10:39am


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I've just finished a fascinating book that was hard to put down: The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan. The subtitle: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl , shows the book's emphasis and strength: Egan concentrates on a few families from whom he obtained first hand experiences, including diaries and saved newspapers, etc. This is a story of an ecological disaster which still resonates (unfortunately) today in America told from the inside, from people who did not leave to flee to California (a la Grapes of Wrath) but stuck it out on the southern prairie which became a complete no man's land where no green living thing grew: not grass, tree, or flower of any kind to hold the earth down. The descriptions of years and years of dust storms survived in dugout sod houses and in towns across the Dust Bowl are rivetting. So is the rather fascinating story of Roosevelt's sometimes misguided but heroic and essentially life-and-land-saving New Deal policies in the region, an early effort at a large (huge, really) scale land repair and conservation act. Equally appalling is the story of the land rush in the Homestead Act that caused thousands of people to flock to a grassland of humongous proportion, rip up the grass in a misguided effort to grow wheat, and destroy the ecological balance of a place which had survived from beyond recorded history as a haven for bison and nomadic native peoples: gone in a generation or two. Turned into an arid wasteland that still remains totally damaged in parts today. Uninhabitable.

As you can see, I was deeply affected by this book, and highly recommend it.

Other than that, another slow reading week. I am making my way through a book of "Lord Peter Whimsey" stories, a collection of short stories featuring Dorothy Sayer's amatuer detective par excellence, which I am enjoying the heck out of.

What about you all? What have you been reading this week?

a.s.

"an seileachan"

Everybody's wondering what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worried 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
No one knows for certain, and so it's all the same to me:
I think I'll just let the mystery be.
~~~~Iris DeMent

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What have you been reading this week? a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Mar 14 2007, 10:39am
    The Language of the Night by Ursula K. Le Guin Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Mar 14 2007, 2:33pm
        I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for that one./ Elberbeth Send a private message to Elberbeth Mar 14 2007, 2:58pm
            Yes, indeed. Morwen Send a private message to Morwen Mar 14 2007, 3:10pm
                There are seventeen copies on another page of Amazon: Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Mar 14 2007, 4:41pm
        Good heavens, I want that very much indeed. Penthe Send a private message to Penthe Mar 15 2007, 12:46am
            *looks up* Oog, sorry about all the typos! I was typing like a bat out of hell./ Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Mar 15 2007, 3:01am
    I've been listening to the "Pride & Prejudice" audiobook. RosieLass Send a private message to RosieLass Mar 14 2007, 2:37pm
    Finished 'Tis; finished the latest Tami Hoag; half way through Sharpe's Enemy Elberbeth Send a private message to Elberbeth Mar 14 2007, 3:04pm
    finished A Game of Thrones Arwen's daughter Send a private message to Arwen's daughter Mar 14 2007, 3:07pm
        You just wait SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King Mar 14 2007, 8:38pm
        Martin does resemble Jordan in one way Tintallė Send a private message to Tintallė Mar 14 2007, 9:01pm
            Good news! SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King Mar 14 2007, 9:49pm
        Great thoughts! CAhobbit Send a private message to CAhobbit Mar 14 2007, 11:32pm
    Peter Jackson - A Film-Maker's Journey... Alcarcalime Send a private message to Alcarcalime Mar 14 2007, 4:20pm
    On deck: Don Quixote and Little Children Farawyn Send a private message to Farawyn Mar 14 2007, 4:37pm
    More of Proust and Swann's Way. Curious Send a private message to Curious Mar 14 2007, 6:51pm
    Bambi vs. Godzilla - David Mamet SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King Mar 14 2007, 8:31pm
        Did you ever see the cartoon it's named for? / N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Mar 15 2007, 5:00am
            yes! {NT} SandWitch King Send a private message to SandWitch King Mar 15 2007, 5:13am
    Spirit Gate : Kate Elliot Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Mar 14 2007, 9:11pm
    The comsol multiphysics user's guide Draupne Send a private message to Draupne Mar 14 2007, 10:13pm
    Saturnalia Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Mar 14 2007, 11:40pm
    The Last Samurai (no, not that one) Penthe Send a private message to Penthe Mar 15 2007, 12:42am
    Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik! luinfalathiel Send a private message to luinfalathiel Mar 15 2007, 1:13pm
        The third 'Alatriste' book Aragorn'sSexyScar Send a private message to Aragorn'sSexyScar Mar 15 2007, 4:50pm
    The Silmarillion. Elanor Send a private message to Elanor Mar 20 2007, 3:16pm

 
 
 

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