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House of Earth (Paperback)

By Woody Guthrie, Douglas Brinkley (Editor), Johnny Depp (Editor)
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Staff Reviews


"A lyrical and heartfelt story, Guthrie’s only complete novel was
published this year. I couldn’t have been more blown away. Tike and Ella
May Hamlin struggle to make a home in the Texas Panhandle during the
depression. Guthrie uses this back drop to tell the story of two people
in love, and dare I say, it’s as sexy as the dust bowl can be. More than
that, he captures this place (which happens to be my home place) with
such hardship and exposes its beauty. It reminded me of where I came
from."

— Consuelo

"A lyrical and heartfelt story, Guthrie’s only complete novel was published this year. I couldn’t have been more blown away. Tike and Ella May Hamlin struggle to make a home in the Texas Panhandle during the depression. Guthrie uses this back drop to tell the story of two people in love, and dare I say, it’s as sexy as the dust bowl can be. More than that, he captures this place (which happens to be my home place) with such hardship and exposes its beauty. It reminded me of where I came from." --Consuelo

— From Consuelo's Picks

Description


Finished in 1947, House of Earth is Woody Guthrie's only fully realized novel--a powerful portrait of Dust Bowl America, filled with the homespun lyricism and authenticity that have made his songs a part of our national consciousness.

Tike and Ella May Hamlin struggle to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas Panhandle. The husband and wife live in a precarious wooden farm shack, but Tike yearns for a sturdy house that will protect them from the treacherous elements. Thanks to a five-cent government pamphlet, Tike has the know-how to build a simple adobe dwelling, a structure made from the land itself--fireproof, windproof, Dust Bowl-proof. A house of earth.

Though they are one with the farm and with each other, the land on which Tike and Ella May live and work is not theirs. Due to larger forces beyond their control--including ranching conglomerates and banks--their adobe house remains painfully out of reach.

A story of rural realism, and in many ways a companion piece to Guthrie's folk anthem "This Land Is Your Land," House of Earth is a searing portrait of hardship and hope set against a ravaged landscape.

About the Author


Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (1912-1967) was an American folk balladeer whose best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land." His musical legacy includes more than three thousand songs, covering an exhaustive repertoire of historical, political, cultural, topical, spiritual, narrative, and children's themes.

Douglas Brinkley is currently a Professor of History at Rice University and a Fellow at the James Baker III Institute of Public Policy. He has published several New York Times bestselling titles: The Wilderness Warrior (2009), The Reagan Diaries (2007), The Great Deluge (2006), The Boys of Pointe du Hoc (2005), Tour of Duty (2004), and Voices of Valor (2004, with Ronald J. Drez). The Great Deluge, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, was the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Dr. Brinkley has also taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, Princeton University, Tulane University (where he was also Director of the Roosevelt Center), and other institutions across the country. He is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and American Heritage, as well as a frequent contributor to the New York Times, The New Yorker, and the Atlantic. He lives in Austin and Houston, Texas.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062248404
ISBN-10: 0062248405
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2013
Pages: 234
Language: English