The Decorah Public Library history book group will discuss Timothy Egan’s The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the American Dust Bowl at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, on the second floor of the library.

Books are available for checkout at the front desk of the library.   The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Timothy Egan’s critically acclaimed account rescues this iconic chapter of American history from the shadows in a tour de force of historical reportage. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. 

Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, Egan does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, “the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect” (New York Times). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is a powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of trifling with nature.

The history book group usually meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third or fourth Thursday of each month; newcomers are always welcome. Call Kristin at 563-382-3717 with questions.