Read with Me in September: The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbeck’s Depression-era novel of one family’s flight from dustbowl Oklahoma to only to find broken promises of prosperity in California remains an American classic.

This month, you can read The Grapes of Wrath with me – just pick up your copy at the Main Library’s Circulation desk or reserve the book online.

I’ll be curious to see how my own reading of the book correlates to what Robert DeMott, former director of the Steinbeck Research Center at San Jose State University in California, told the BBC:

“At this moment of global economic meltdown, when the whole world is gripped by severe financial recession (much of it caused by rapacious greed, fiscal malfeasance, and corporate arrogance), when groups around the globe are in migration from one kind of tyranny or another, when the gap between rich and poor seems insurmountable, and when homelessness and dispossession caused by widespread financial failure and mortgage foreclosure is rapidly rising in the US and elsewhere – symbolised by shantytowns and tent cities on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas – then it is fitting to think of The Grapes of Wrath as our contemporary narrative, our 21st Century jeremiad.”

Whether you’ve read it in school or always meant to read it when you got around to it, you’re welcome to read with me.

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