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Great Depression | Great Depression

stacy-ann-nyikos's picture
Feb.02.2011
Moon over Manifest Clare Venderpool middle grade When a book wins an award as prestigious as the Newbery, I am burning with curiosity to read it. Can I learn something new? Any tricks of the trade hidden amongst the pages? Character development done in a new way? And what didn't work? Because...
michelle-hoover's picture
Jan.05.2011
This article originally appeared in the January 2011 issue of the Other Press Newsletter.   Still glowing from my Iowa City appearance at Prairie Lights, I drove two hours between corn silos to the town of Oskaloosa, IA, population 11,000, with a two-block downtown, beautifully revamped, that was...
pat-montandon's picture
Nov.27.2010
During the Great Depression, my dad, an Oklahoma preacher, announced that he had invited strangers for Thanksgiving at our house. Mother looked stricken. "Charlie," she said, "how do you propose we feed those folks?" "Mama," Daddy said, "there are hungry people...
michelle-hoover's picture
Sep.24.2010
Struck dumb in the middle of a recent Q&A session—this halfway through my two-week, every-night Midwestern book tour and feeling somewhat out-of-sorts with a bad stomach in a small Minnesota town—a bookstore owner raised his hand at the back of the room and asked the following question:  Why...
michelle-hoover's picture
Aug.03.2010
(While I'm traveling for the book, I have little time to keep my blog updated.  (Apologies!)  Here's a "new-to-you" entry that was published as an original essay on the great Powells.com.  Go to www.powells.com/blog/?p=20826 to take a look.) Listen to the voices Studs Terkel collected in...
fran-johns's picture
Jul.28.2010
What I remember was the heat rising from the old bricks, the saltwater air, the wobbly wheels of the tricycle and the utter delight of trolling behind my sister Mimi on her larger tricycle. Joy. Abandon. Warmth and wellbeing. Dimly, the surrounding walls of the U-shaped apartment building which had...
steven-robert-travers's picture
May.09.2010
          In the 1920s, business boomed in every sector of the economy except farming. Numerous soldiers, after having seen “Paree,” refused to return to the Spartan life. Technology made old-fashioned farming methods obsolete. Wild business speculation occurred, and stocks sold wildly on Wall...
jm-cornwell's picture
Apr.10.2010
It was a fellow writer's message to me that sent me into research mode this morning on Google and other search engines to find someone else who has been offered a similar deal. I haven't found it yet after two solid hours of searching. Queries are winging out across the cyber-void and the clock...
sharon-cupp-pennington's picture
Jan.16.2010
It’s 1932, Colorado, height of the Great Depression and widowed Trinidad Bates finds her younger brother Parnell accused of murder. As if the situation couldn’t get any worse, she’s used her inherent gift for dowsing to lead local authorities - namely the malevolent Sheriff Mallis - to the...
bob-mustin's picture
Aug.11.2009
Memoirs of the kind Sylvia has written aren’t the stuff of great literature, nor are they meant to be. But such memoirs do serve a pair of significant and valuable literary purposes: • If a historian were to write a piece on, for instance, sharecropping in the U.S.’s southeast, he or she would...