American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins 

"This book is exceptionally well-written & an amazingly engrossing story about the time period of the Great Depression & how it affected those living in the Dust Bowl. It tells the story of the push for people to go west to get jobs that were supposedly available in California picking fruit but turned out to be very hard to obtain for very little money, and living in refuge camps that were barely better than living outdoors, with limited amenities. The hardships we’ve all learned about in school, but so much more brought to life in this book which focused on one family and the friends they made. I didn’t expect to enjoy this book, thinking it would be like 'Grapes of Wrath' which I remember as very boring in school. This book was not at all boring, I sometimes had difficulty putting it down at night to go to sleep. I highly recommend this book." - L. Liebman

4/4 stars.

Published by on July 22, 2021
Last Modified September 23, 2021