Monday, October 5, 2009

Out of the Dust by Karen Hess

Loved this book. I had to read it a few years back for a class and I really loved it then. But recently, I reread it for our book club and I love it more if that's possible. I'm on a lucky streak of good books right now I guess. I kept forgetting that the little girl is a little girl. I kept thinking of her as older with all the stuff she had to go through. I can't imagine living during the Depression in the dust bowl. I was impressed by the writing (unlike my quick review) that was filled with beautiful description. I could feel the dirt scratch my eyes each time I blinked and feel it grit between my teeth. It was tragic, yet very hopeful. Each time I've read this book, and I think this is my 3rd or 4th time, I walk away feeling so sad for the situation, but also very hopeful for the future. This last time, I did more self-reflection than I've ever done in the past. Am I a person who puts her roots in the ground and stands firm, no matter what? Am I that stubborn? Or am I a tumbleweed who floats around from place to place...a little flippant, but also more willing and able to adapt? Anyway, it's a great book. It's an extremely quick read -- I read it in about 2 hours. So, everyone should take time to read it. It's a Newberry Award Winner. It also got me into writing some poetry myself. Amazing what good literature will inspire you to do!


The Nelsons said...

Okay, I have 2 books to suggest:

1. These is my words by Nancy Turner
2. The Chosen by Chaim Potek

I read these both in the past few weeks and loved them. I'm definitely going to go pick this one up!

Andrew & Christy said...

Jenny, Out of the Dust is one of my favorite books.

Hope all is well. We miss you guys!

mj said...

Next week either monday afternoon or Wednesday morning should work? Or sometimes Fridays. Let me know your availability and we'll figure something out for sure.

p.s. I agree with the previous post. "These is My Words" is a great book.


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