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Reader recommendation: The Worst Hard Time

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The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan, should be required reading in high school US history classes. Egan’s creative nonfiction turns the people who lived through the Dust Bowl years into human beings with names and faces. A reader is able to follow their dreams and schemes – all humbled by the destructive power of nature. This book is both a tribute to the American spirit and a cautionary tale.