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    In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck

At once a relentlessly fast-paced, admirably observed novel of social unrest and the story of a young man's struggle for identity, set in the California apple country, where a strike by migrant workers against rapacious landowners spirals out of control, as a principled defiance metamorphoses into blind fanaticism. Caught in the upheaval is Jim Nolan, a once aimless man who find himself in the course of the strike, briefly becomes its leader, and is ultimately crushed in its service.

Year: 1936

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck's work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing "Of Mice and Men", creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness.

Year: 1937

    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads--driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.

Year: 1939

    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla Unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal.

Year: 1940
Genre: Spanish Civil War

    The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy

Set is a small, remote community in rural Tennessee in the years between the two world wars, it tells of John Wesley Rattner, a young boy, and Marion Sylder, an outlaw and bootlegger who, unbeknownst to either of them, has killed the boy's father. Together with Rattner's Uncle Ather, who belongs to a former age in his communion with nature and his stoic independence, they enact a drama that seems born of the land itself.

Year: 1965

    The Fifth Column by Ernest Hemingway

Featuring Hemingway's only full-length play, The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War brilliantly evokes the tumultuous Spain of the 1930s. These works, which grew from Hemingway's adventures as a newspaper correspondent in and around besieged Madrid, movingly portray the effects of war on soldiers, civilians, and the correspondents sent to cover it.

Year: 1969
Genre: Spanish Civil War

    Hard Times by Studs Terkel

In this "invaluable record" of one of the most dramatic periods in modern American history, Studs Terkel recaptures the Great Depression of the 1930s in all its complexity.

Year: 1970

    Sneaky People by Thomas Berger

The time is the 1930s. Buddy has decided to murder his wife and marry his mistress, Laverne, a robust blonde who cooks his favorite meal of fried pork chops, fried potatoes, and fried apples while wearing a short pink apron over black-lace step-ins and brassiere, long-gartered silk stockings, and platform shoes. The only problem is how to arrange the crime.

Year: 1975
Genre: Crime Fiction

    The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway

In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers will delight in the author's most beloved classics such as The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Hills Like White Elephants, and A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, and will discover seven new tales published for the first time in this collection. For Hemingway fans The Complete Short Stories is an invaluable treasure.

Year: 1987

    The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy

In the late 1930s, sixteen-year-old Billy Parham captures a she-wolf that has been marauding his family's ranch. But instead of killing it, he decides to take it back to the mountains of Mexico. With that crossing, he begins an arduous and often dreamlike journey into a country where men meet ghosts and violence strikes as suddenly as heat-lightning--a world where there is no order "save that which death has put there."

Year: 1994
Genre: Westerns

 

 

Titles

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1936In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck Dustbowl Trilogy
1937Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Dustbowl Trilogy
1939The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Dustbowl Trilogy
1940For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway Spanish Civil War, Spain
1965The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy
1969The Fifth Column by Ernest Hemingway Spanish Civil War, Spain
1970Hard Times by Studs Terkel Non-Fiction
An Oral History of the Great Depression
1975Sneaky People by Thomas Berger Crime Fiction
1987The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway Short Stories
1994The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy Westerns, Border Trilogy
1995The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield Golf
1996The Green Mile by Stephen King Historical Fantasy, Death Row, Prison
1998Groucho Marx, Master Detective by Ron Goulart Comic Mystery, Groucho Marx, Hollywood
1999Elementary, My Dear Groucho by Ron Goulart Comic Mystery, Groucho Marx
1999Groucho Marx, Private Eye by Ron Goulart Comic Mystery, Groucho Marx
2001Groucho Marx And The Broadway Murders by Ron Goulart Comic Mystery, Groucho Marx
2001Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand Biography, Horse Racing, Non-Fiction
2002Groucho Marx, Secret Agent by Ron Goulart Comic Mystery, Groucho Marx, Hollywood
2005Groucho Marx, King Of The Jungle by Ron Goulart Comic Mystery, Groucho Marx, Hollywood
2005The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard Hardboiled Detective, Carl Webster
2015The Rise of Germany by James Holland World War II, WWII: Prelude to War, The War in the West, Germany, Non-Fiction
1939-1941: The War in the West

 

 

 


 

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