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Non Fiction Book Club to Discuss "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan - Thursday, February 5 - 6:30 PM



2015 is off to an auspicious start with two great award winners. Last week, our little book club embarked on it’s fourth year of reading and talking, by discussing Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. And we’ve got an other National Book Award winning title up to talk about in February: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl.

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. In The Worst Hard Time the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan tells the epic story of this environmental disaster and its impact on the communities stricken with fear and choked by dust in the “dirty thirties.”
John Steinbeck gave voice to those who fled the Dust bowl in his masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath. This is the story of those who stayed and survived—those who now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave—and it is an extraordinary story of endurance and heroism. In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is a powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of trifling with nature.



About the Author:
Timothy Egan is a national enterprise reporter for the New York Times. He is the author of four books and the recipient of several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

The Pollard Library Non Fiction Book Club meets at 6:30pm on the first Thursday of every month and is free an open to the public. Copies of the books to be discussed are available for patrons to borrow at the 1st floor check out. We will be discussing  The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan on February 5th at 6:30pm. The next book (to be discussed March 5, 2015 will be Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert). If you have any questions or want more information about this club please contact Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning at 978-674-1542 or