By: Russell Baker Followed by The Good Times 1982 Nonfiction Rating: 4.5/5 I greatly enjoyed Growing Up, the memoirs of Russell Baker, who grew up in the Depression-WWII era. Of course, I love me some biography. But autobiographies can be… Continue Reading
The honest man, though e’er sae poor, Is king o’ men for a’ that. –“Is There for Honest Poverty” by Robert Burns
By: Barbara Kingsolver 1990 Fiction Rating: 4/5 I just love Barbara Kingsolver. Animal Dreams is a work of art, an exploration of the human soul, of childhood and coming of age and love and family and roots and nature.
By: Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema, and Barney Simon 1983 Drama Rating: 3/5 There’s a lot going on in Woza Albert! and I’m not sure that I should even try to talk about it. It’s a play set in Johannesburg,… Continue Reading
By: John Steinbeck 1939 Fiction Subject Matter: Migrant agricultural laborers; Rural families; Depressions; Labor camps; California; Oklahoma; Domestic fiction; Political fiction Rating: 4/5 Well. I’m not to sure what to say about this one. The Grapes of Wrath wasn’t at… Continue Reading
The city streets might not have been paved with gold, but at least they were paved. –“Migration” by Phillip J. Obermiller
By: Barbara Ehrenreich 2001 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Minimum wage in the United States; Unskilled labor in the United States; Poverty in the United States Rating: 2.5/5 I’m a little disappointed that Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America is… Continue Reading