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Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
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Sep 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: danielle-recommends, fiction, classics-recommended-reading, y-a
Read in September, 2011

A moving story, short and sweet in its telling, but powerful and poignant in its message. This book is written as a series of journal entries, which is a style I always enjoy (being a big journaler myself). One thing I loved about it is that it really read like a girl's journal, and not like an author trying to fit her story to that form. Some of the entries were lyrical, some self-indulgent, some reflective, and some straight-forward and factual. Yet the way we gained the whole picture through these snapshots made for a very fulfilling read.
Between this and Grapes of Wrath I suspect that living in the Dust Bowl era had to be one of the worst times in American history. This book was sad (how could it not be?) but also hopeful, without being Pollyanna-ish. You could probably read it in a couple of hours, so I recommend that you do.

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