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ted

A Death in the Family is just beautiful.

Amanda A.

Love the choices. Sister Carrie is great as well. For nonfiction, I was browsing at Borders and found the book Food of a Younger Generation. It is about cook books and cooking from that era. Interesting stuff!

Rebecca

The only one of these I've read is Their Eyes Were Watching God back in high school (somehow I missed out on Steinbeck as well) but it's very well-written and engaging. If I recall correctly Hurston was pretty much forgotten until Alice Walker championed her.

Danielle

Ted--I shouldn't do this to myself--a whole list of books that I want to read now. But I'm glad to hear the Agee is good. I've never read him but have A Death in the Family.
Amanda--There seems to be lots of good books from this period. I'll add Sister Carrie to my list--I think I have a paperback of that one. I'm not much of a fan of cooking, but I love cookbooks (go figure). Food of a Younger Generation sounds like fun--I'll have to see if my library has it, thanks.
Rebecca--Steinbeck seems like staple high school reading, but I managed to miss his big novels. I''d like to read Their Eyes Were Watching God--another almost lost author I see. It makes you wonder what wonderful books were just left to fade away and go out of print.

BooksPlease

I know very litle about the Depression era so I hope to learn something from your posts. I read The Lost Lady a few months ago and loved it.

I think I read The Grapes of Wrath at school, but it was not one we studied so I've long forgotten the details. It's one I'd like to read one day.

Eva

You always do the most fun lists! I can't help you much with depression lit, but Their Eyes Were Watching God is amazing (read it for first time this year).

litlove

Wow - this is a roll call of the great and the good. I feel like I'd like to print this one out and use it for a reading challenge at some point - amazing list of books, Danielle!

Table Talk

This is really interesting. I was trying to think if the depression years prompted the same literary outburst in the UK and I can't think that it did. Now is this ignorance on my part, or is it that there really isn't an equivalent body of work? I shall have to go away and do some digging. (Not literally, I hate gardening!)

Lindymc

Interesting that you should mention ninth grade English. I was just thinking about a YA book that fits your Depression Era list. No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt is a novel that the sophomore English teacher taught at the school where I was HS librarian.

Amy Reads Good Books

Nice collection! I love "An American Tragedy." I'll be looking forward to your reviews!

Paperback_Reader

The only one I have read myself is Their Eyes Were Watching God, which I love. The Ebonics made it authentic, memorable, and was a seminal text in the Harlem Renaissance.

Both Passing and A Family Tragedy have been recently mentioned to me and/or I have continually come across both so I intend to read them whenever is feasible.

Paperback_Reader

Oops, I amalgamated An American Tragedy and Death in the Family! I meant the latter.

Nan

I was just yesterday looking at Butterfield 8 at the library, but decided I didn't want to read it. Instead I picked up O'Hara's short stories.

Danielle

BooksPlease--It's been ages since I read or studied this period, so it should be interesting. I'd love to read both Willa Cather and John Steinbeck this year--so many books I want to squeeze in! And I don't recall much from the books I read in high school these days as well!
Eva--That seems to be a very popular book--I have a copy and must read it now that I hear it's so good.
Litlove--There seems to be such a lot of good books from this period--really famous stuff and I think I left some biggies out even. As I've not read most of these it might be a good challenge for me, too!
Table Talk--My digging is always literary as well! I've no green thumb I'm afraid. I always think of the Depression as something particularly American, but depressed economies in Europe were part of the reason for WWII. I'm pretty ignorant as well, really. It seems like in Britain there were lots of modernists at work or am I thinking a bit later?
Lindymc--Thanks-I'll go look it up. I'm sure there are so many more books from and about that period that I didn't even think of. If it's taught in the school where you work it must be good--thanks.
Amy--A long time ago I started the Dreiser, but I set it aside--not because I didn't like it but it's such a long book--I just didn't stick with it. I am sure I could manage it now.
Paperback Reader--The Harlem Renaissance is another subject I'm woefully underread on. I'm sure there are more books by authors (like Richard Wright) that I've left off my list. So many books to read--if only there was more time!
Nan--That's one book I wouldn't mind giving another go, but I do think you have to be in the right frame of mind for! His short stories would be a nice place to start.


Dorothy W.

Very nice list! I really loved A Lost Lady when I read it in grad school, and I'd like to read more Cather. I would also like to read Nella Larson, West, Agee and Dreiser. I read maybe one story from Winesburg, Ohio, and didn't love it, but perhaps I could give it another try. It seemed dull to me at the time, but I might see more in it now.

Danielle

Dorothy--I've only read one Cather book and feel a little guilty since she was a Nebraska author and much talked about in school. I'd like to read all of these at some point. Maybe the Anderson would be better taken as a whole? Sometimes reading a collection of stories I'll love some and not be too thrilled about others. Maybe you just got a dud story.

iliana

I love your lists Danielle because they always make me think of creating my own lists.

Some of these books sound very good to me, of course I'm curious about the Powell book now, but I think I'd really like to read something by Willa Cather. I read one of her books a long time ago and should revisit.

Danielle

Iliana--I should read her as well. I've had My Antonia on my list for ages now and should just go and jump in and read. I read O Pioneers years ago, but that's the only book by her I've gotten to.

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