Monday, May 17, 2010

Listless Monday, Depression Era Edition

Listless Monday was inspired by both Amanda at A Bookshelf Monstrosity's feature Books by Theme and Court at Once Upon a Bookshelf's Listed feature.  Be sure to check out their lists!

(photo of my grandmother in the 1930s)

Continuing on with the decade theme, I've got the 1930s this week, dominated almost entirely by the Great Depression which affected nearly everyone. Interesting to me that it was a war that pulled us out of depression.

Books Published in the 1930s:

Agatha Christie mysteries (lots!)
Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Georgette Heyer books (several)
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
How Green was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
P.G Wodehouse books
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White
Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Nonfiction about the 1930s:

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee (suggested by Andie)
Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

Historical Fiction about the 1930s:

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan 
Leaving Gee's Bend by Irene Latham
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Spanish Fly by will Ferguson (suggested by Court)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

What's your favorite from or about this decade?

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  1. Out of the Dust is a all time favorite book of mine.

  2. Gosh, I didn't realize some of those were that old. Wow.

  3. I've always loved the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but my favorites from your list are probably "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" and "To Kill A Mockingbird."

    In terms of influence, I'd probably go with "The Grapes of Wrath."

    My addition to the list, although not by A US author, would be Laurie Lee's "As I Walked out One Midsummer Morning" which narrates Lee's first trip to pre-Civil War Spain in 1936 and his walk across the country from Vigo to Granada.

  4. You've got a lot of good books on that list!

    One addition: Will Ferguson's Spanish Fly.

  5. Julie, it sure is beautiful isn't it?

    Suey, I was pretty shocked at how many I recognized from back then! It is a lot.

    Andie, I've never heard of that one, but I don't mind adding it!

    Court, never heard of that one either!

  6. I love Will Ferguson. His non-fiction books on Canada and Canadian identity are hilarious. (And he's super nice and funny! I met him at a reading last year)

  7. Caroline, I admit to not knowing much about Canadian authors (or books about Canada), which is quite sad! I better put him on my list!


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