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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?
#1 - May 30, 2013, 03:13 PM

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You looking for mg or YA? Corsets and housewives sound more like adult material.
But for mg: Out of the Dust
#2 - May 30, 2013, 04:11 PM
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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.
#3 - May 30, 2013, 05:09 PM
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Until It Hurts to Stop
Try Not to Breathe
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Blue Willow by Doris Gates (mg) was a Newbery honor. It's set in California's Central Valley.
#4 - May 30, 2013, 09:14 PM

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The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (MG)
 
I see a lot of kids' nonfiction on Amazon.
#5 - May 30, 2013, 10:00 PM
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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...
#6 - May 31, 2013, 03:37 AM

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MOON OVER MANIFEST by Clare Vanderpool, the Newbery winner from a few years ago, is set during the Depression.
#7 - May 31, 2013, 04:49 AM

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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.
#8 - May 31, 2013, 04:53 AM
VAMPIRINA IN THE SNOW (Disney-Hyperion, 2018)
BUSY-EYED DAY (Beach Lane Books, 2018)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
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Also a MG, Turtle in Paradise set in Florida Keys.
#9 - May 31, 2013, 08:51 AM

I just finished and really enjoyed The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis.
It's set during the Great Depression.
#10 - May 31, 2013, 08:58 AM
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Of course, there's also The Grapes of Wrath.
#11 - May 31, 2013, 11:48 PM

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Bud, Not Buddy immediately came to mind.
#12 - June 01, 2013, 10:27 AM
THE VOICE OF THUNDER, WiDo Publishing Aug 2012
THERE'S A TURKEY AT THE DOOR, Hometown520 July 2011

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Richard Peck's A Year Down Yonder and Far from Chicago
#13 - June 01, 2013, 01:43 PM

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Thanks! These are great. Some are e-books now too so I can read them RIGHT NOW. Love technology some days.
#14 - June 01, 2013, 03:09 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.
#15 - June 01, 2013, 06:33 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
#16 - June 01, 2013, 06:38 PM
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