My five best books of surprising stories about the Great Depression is a fairly new website and an exciting new way to share books–for readers as well as for a way for authors to share their own books.

The concept is for an author to feature his/her book, and also recommend five related books. Since I featured Leora’s Dexter Stories, I chose books of surprising stories about the Great Depression.

Here are the ones I recommended:

Joe Dew: A Glorious Life by Elaine Briggs

This is Grant Wood Country by Joan Liffrug-Zug

Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History by Jeremy Schaap

The WPA Guide to 1930s Iowa by Federal Writers Project

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Here’s the link to the post on, where I explain why I chose those specific books.

If you’re an avid reader, check out their website. If you’re also an author, you’ll want to know about their author page.


  1. There is something about the way your site is set up that I can’t leave comments from my iPad or iPhone. Just spins and spins. Waaaa. Anyway, I am at the computer for a second. Thank you for this list! And Shepherd sounds very interesting. I hope it takes off.

    • Thank you, Michael! I’m working on Grandma Leora’s early stories and was thankful to find a photo online of a paper cap. I hadn’t anticipated the shape we’d folded as kids.

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