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Book TALK (Talk About Literature in Kansas)

November 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Worst Hard Times

We will be hosting a very special Book TALK event in November, a community read of “The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan.

The Worst Hard Times Timothy EganFor America, the 1930s was a pivotal, critical era. A range of fundamental challenges confronted the nation: the Great Depression, Prohibition, and radicalized politics that threaten to undermine the security of democratic institutions. The Dust Bowl years of 1930-1936 intensified the crushing economic impacts of the Great Depression. A man-made environmental disaster, the Dust Bowl was a drought, high winds and choking dust that swept the region from Texas to Nebraska killing livestock and destroying farmland. “Dust pneumonia” killed many people, estimates range from hundreds to several thousand. Roughly 2.5 million people left the Dust Bowl states during the 1930s in one of the largest migrations in American history.

Timothy Egan’s critically acclaimed account follows a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region. Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, Egan does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect. Our discussion leader will be Rosemary Kolich.

Copies of the book are available now at the library. You can participate in our book discussion in-person or online with Zoom. If you choose to come to library that evening, we will all be wearing masks and remain socially distanced. Registration is required for both in person and online participation. Please call the library or email patronupdate@basehorlibrary.org to register.


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November 17
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Basehor Community Library
1400 N 158th St
Basehor, KS 66007 United States
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(913) 724-2828


Laura Carroll