This is a remarkable story, and I’ll be looking forward to the discussion. On many different levels: human, ecology, and political, there should be much to talk about! For anyone wanting a bit of extra background, Sheila recommends these two historical sites: Dust Storm Video and the Dust Bowl Oral History Project. If any one wants further background reading:
The New York Times Book Review focuses on the history and also on some of the smaller quibbles the reviewer has with the story. The reviewer from the Seattle Times, who has known the author for over 20 years, echoes the sentiments of many readers in wondering how the people who chose to stay could have survived such conditions. There are several author interviews about the book including one on his publisher’s website and another on the Gather website.
PBS did a video “Surviving the Dust Bowl” which looks very interesting and is available in many local public libraries. NPR also have a 9 minute audio interview with Egan. Finally, there are audio survivor stories which some of you may be interested in listening to.