The Worst Hard Time
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Multipurpose Room C
In honor of the Dust Bowl exhibit Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry, the Local History Book Club will be joining forces with Talking About Books and the Last Monday Book Discussion Group to host a joint book club discussing Timothy Egan's The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. The book won the 2006 National Book Award.
The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plain in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Time journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basement with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived--those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave--Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression.
Copies of the book are available for circulation.