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Title: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: Franzilla on May 30, 2013, 03:13 PM
I'm just doing some research for a picture book and have been looking through photos of the 1920s and 1930s and it's given me a sudden desire to read fiction or non-fiction based in that time period. Something about how women were breaking free of corsets, having to be housewives (not that there's anything wrong with that role if you choose it!) and so on... I just have a hankering to spend some time there.

Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: CyndyHenzel on May 30, 2013, 04:11 PM
You looking for mg or YA? Corsets and housewives sound more like adult material.
But for mg: Out of the Dust
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: writerjenn on May 30, 2013, 05:09 PM
For an older audience (probably would've been "New Adult" if such a thing existed back then), Betty Smith's books Tomorrow Will Be Better and Joy in the Morning. The Sinclair Lewis book Free Air is set a bit earlier, but in it a young woman drives cross-country--quite an adventure for a single girl at that time. Also for adults: The Group, by Mary McCarthy.
For YA: Sirens, by Janet Fox.
For MG, Marilyn Sachs wrote a bunch of books set in the 1930s ... since they're for kids, they don't have anything to do with women's roles or corsets. But if you want to read about the younger set, there were these connected books (in order: Amy Moves In; Laura's Luck; Amy and Laura; Veronica Ganz; Peter and Veronica.
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: LMES on May 30, 2013, 09:14 PM
Blue Willow by Doris Gates (mg) was a Newbery honor. It's set in California's Central Valley.
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: ChristinefromCorona on May 30, 2013, 10:00 PM
The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (MG)
 
I see a lot of kids' nonfiction on Amazon.
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: Franzilla on May 31, 2013, 03:37 AM
You looking for mg or YA? Corsets and housewives sound more like adult material.
But for mg: Out of the Dust

All age ranges, including adult. Just looking for really good reads.

Thank you!! Will check these out now...
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: Lwrites on May 31, 2013, 04:49 AM
MOON OVER MANIFEST by Clare Vanderpool, the Newbery winner from a few years ago, is set during the Depression.
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: Anne Marie on May 31, 2013, 04:53 AM
If you liked CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, take a look at the lesser-known sequel, BELLES ON THEIR TOES--lots of stuff about Lillian Moller Gilbreth trying to support her family as an engineer during a time when most women were housewives.  Sweet, quick read.
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: TH on May 31, 2013, 08:51 AM
Also a MG, Turtle in Paradise set in Florida Keys.
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: austen on May 31, 2013, 08:58 AM
I just finished and really enjoyed The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis.
It's set during the Great Depression.
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: ChristinefromCorona on May 31, 2013, 11:48 PM
Of course, there's also The Grapes of Wrath.
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: 217mom on June 01, 2013, 10:27 AM
Bud, Not Buddy immediately came to mind.
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: Pons on June 01, 2013, 01:43 PM
Richard Peck's A Year Down Yonder and Far from Chicago
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: Franzilla on June 01, 2013, 03:09 PM
Thanks! These are great. Some are e-books now too so I can read them RIGHT NOW. Love technology some days.
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: LeslieG on June 01, 2013, 06:33 PM
Milton Meltzer's Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? ("...a fresh and human approach to America's past, written for junior high and high school age readers")  is an oldie but goodie. Also, there's a beautiful two-volume set put out by Reminisce magazine that has memoir-type essays. One volume is called We Had Everything But Money, and the other is When the Banks Closed, We Opened Our Hearts.
Title: Re: Books set in the time of the Depression
Post by: MysteryRobin on June 01, 2013, 06:38 PM
Tennyson by Leslie Blume
I HIGHLY recommend it. So, so good. It's listed as MG, but honestly I think it's better for an adult than for a child. Still, beautiful and brilliant.
http://www.amazon.com/Tennyson-Lesley-M-Blume/dp/0440240611/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370135983&sr=1-13&keywords=blume