The Dust Bowl of Wrath

Ever since Ken Burns’ documentary The Dust Bowl aired on PBS, hubby and I have been itching to read The Grapes of Wrath. Brad’s never read it, and I haven’t touched it since high school. The story was devastating, even to a naive seventeen-year-old, and I’m curious to revisit it from the point of view of an environmental scientist whose friends depend on the land for their livelihood.

We’d love for you to join us in this very informal book club. So if you’re interested, pick up a copy from the library or nearest used book store. By no means are we experts in the art of literary analysis, but hopefully study guides like this will get our discussion moving in the right direction.

Let’s break the book down into reasonable chunks, since everyone has precious little spare time, and we want this to be fun. On Sunday, February 10, we’ll post about the first six chapters (~78 pages). That should allow plenty of time, even for folks who need to order a copy. We hope you’ll add your thoughts and observations in the comments. Whenever I’ve been part of a book club, I’ve been amazed at the things others pick up on that I completely missed, and I’m sure this will be no exception.

After that, we’ll plan on reading about 75 pages a week. In the meantime, check out this documentary on surviving the Dust Bowl. Then run outside, kiss the beautiful green ground, and promise to support sustainable farming practices so none of us ever has to endure that kind of horror again.

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