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January Book Review: The Worst Hard Time

January Book Review: The Worst Hard Time

One of the resolutions that I made for 2018 was to read more "personal reads".What I mean by this is reading books that are not assigned to me for my college courses. I did make an exception for the mouth of January because I was reading this book for a class, but it ended up feeling less like an assignment and more like a personal read.

My Reason For Selecting This Book

Of the suggested books that my professor recommended for the assignment, I found The Worst Hard Time to be the most intriguing. 

Content of the Book

Timothy Egan’s The Worst Hard Time uncovers personal stories of what living through the 1930s Dust Bowl was really like. Reading this book is like reading a history textbook, but is told in the format of a biography. 

What I Liked About the Book

In the past I have seen where authors struggled to piece together a fluid story that incorporated personal stories, historic events and statistics. Egan was successfully able to accomplish this. By incorporating the lives of many different people of different ages and who experienced the Dust Bowl in various states helped the reader to understand how this significant event shaped the lives of these people and our nation as a whole. 

What I Disliked About the Book

The only complaint that I have when it comes to this book is that the chapters vary in length. For some this may not be an issue, but for someone who likes to read in between classes, I found that I would not always have the time to finish a chapter because of how long they were.

Would I Recommend this Book?

I would recommend this book, but would have to say that not everyone is going to enjoy and appreciate it as much as I did. If you are someone that needs a page-turing thriller, this book would not meet that standard. 


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