As I was born and raised in Oklahoma, the Dust Bowl looms large in my personal mythology and my own family's history. Timothy Egan unflinchingly takes on this terrible ecological disaster and profiles the people that weren't able to migrate to escape. If you know The Grapes of Wrath, this is a great chance to get acquainted with the other side of that story and hear about the people left behind. They endured hardship almost beyond measure. It's an enthralling read and a great tribute to the hardy plainsfolk that saw it through.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist brings together an oral history of the American Dust Bowl that devastated the Great Plains during the Great Depression, following several families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region and their desperate struggle to persevere despite the devastation. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.