From the book jacket: The dust storms that terrorized America's High
Plains 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.
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 basements 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 survivedthose who, now in their eighties and
nineties, will soon carry their memories to the graveEgan tells a story of
endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression.
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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