Tag Archives: 1930’s

The Midwife Of Hope River by Patricia Harman

From Goodreads: “As a midwife working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience Murphy’s only solace is her gift: the chance to escort mothers through the challenges of childbirth. Just beginning, she takes on the jobs no one … Continue reading

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Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg

Hailed an important work upon it’s publication in 1967, Journey into the Whirlwind is Ginzburg’s personal account her years in a Soviet prison during the reign of Josef Stalin. As a teenager I read Solhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago, and was stunned at the brutality … Continue reading

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Euphoria by Lily King

Set in the jungles of Papua New Guinea during the early 1930’s, Lily King attempts to fictionalize the life of anthropologist Margaret Mead through the character of American Nell Stone. The parallel of Nell Stone’s  relationships with her husband Fen, … Continue reading

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The Distant Land Of My Father by Bo Caldwell

My Goodreads friend Chrissie recommended this book to me, and from the opening pages I was hooked. My father was a millionaire in Shanghai in the 1930s.  Polo ponies, a Sikh chauffeur, a villa on eight acres in Hungjao, in … Continue reading

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Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish

Set in Iowa in the 1930’s, Little Heathens is a memoir of the author’s childhood, raised by her grandparents and mother on a farm in Iowa during the Great Depression. Sprinkled throughout the book are many fun stories of what … Continue reading

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Hard Times by Studs Terkel

Years ago, I read a wonderful Terkel book called The Good War.  It was a collection of oral history stories from World War II, and ever since, I’ve wanted to read another of Terkel’s works. Hard Times is also collection … Continue reading

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The Reserve by Russell Banks

The Reserve is hailed as “love story, part murder-mystery, set on the cusp of the second world war” as claimed by the book jacket.  I had already read and loved Banks’ Cloudsplitter, so I was eager to read another book … Continue reading

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