Friday, August 16, 2013
America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction
Rated 5 Stars
I haven't read many books lately but the few I had have been very enjoyable. I have been diligently working on my quilt and listening while I read.
I bought America and Americans because 1) I like John Steinbeck's writing, 2) I wasn't aware he had written any non-fiction, 3) it was written in an era that particularly interests me and 4) there are a bunch of snobby reviews on amazon about it that infer it would be over the head of any but the most discerning readers.
I am probably one of the most non discerning of readers but could never resist a challenge. Beside Steinbeck was writing about my "times." I miss the America I grew up in.
The country and our society have changed dramatically in the years since the date it was published that it probably really does feel dated some young readers but for me it provides a picture of the times when I was young, and tells of the values of the time that I grew up in. Not all of them were laudable but at least I did not feel like an alien which I often do now days. Every once in a while I look at my little black dog and remind him "Hobbs, we're definitely not in America any more."