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Join the Community in Reading Timothy Egan’s “The Worst Hard Time”
01.08.14 |
Representatives from Midstate libraries recently announced the selection of “The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan as the 2014 One Book, One Community selection. This year’s OBOC regional campaign represents collaboration between 85 libraries in six counties: Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York.

Reading campaign organizers encourage residents of the six-county region to read the book during December and January in preparation to attend programs and discussions that will be held at libraries, including LVC’s Bishop Library, during February, which is designated as both Library Lovers’ Month and Book Lovers’ Month. Bishop Library will host a book discussion for campus constituents in February as well as the One Book, One Community Reader’s Celebration in March.

Libraries in the six counties will stock copies of the book that can be borrowed free of charge in January 2014. Books will also be available for purchase at local Giant Food Stores, Weis Markets, and Wegmans stores as well as Barnes & Noble Booksellers and at local booksellers.

“The Worst Hard Time” is a non-fiction book that tells story of the 1930's dust bowl primarily through the eyes of the those who did not flee but stayed and watched the disintegration of their homes. The personal stories are gripping and told in the words of those who lived it. As only great history can, Egan's book captures the very voice of the times: its grit, pathos, and abiding courage. Combining the human drama of Isaac's Storm with the sweep of The American People in the Great Depression, The Worst Hard Time is a lasting and important work of American history.

“This year’s book will take the reader to the Great Plains region during the dust storms of the 1930s. The author follows the plight felt by a dozen families that were impacted not only by the ravages of nature, but also the Great Depression --- two factors that brought tragedy to those who lived during that time. Once again, this year’s One Book campaign will ignite heartfelt discussions about the resilience of the human spirit during one of ‘the worst hard times’ in America’s history.” said Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, community relations manager for the Library System of Lancaster County.

Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of seven books, most recently “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher,” named Best of the Month by Amazon.com. “The Worst Hard Time” won a National Book Award for nonfiction and was named a New York Times Editors' Choice, a New York Times Notable Book, a Washington State Book Award winner, and a Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book. He writes a weekly column, "Opinionator," for the New York Times.


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