Marg Helgenberger's Bookshelf
By John Steinbeck
I get tears just thinking about this book. It starts out in Oklahoma; I'm from Nebraska. People suffer, leave their roots, and undergo extreme hardships. It's the story of so many families from the Dust Bowl. Steinbeck makes such a statement about society, kindness and tolerance during times of great hardship. I love the scene where the Joad family is on their way to California. They have next to nothing themselves, but they offer food and money to two travelers who are utterly destitute. The idea of extending comfort to those you know and those you don't resonates with me still.