Reading Across the USA: Kansas


Today’s book is set in Kansas, land of Dorothy, Toto and the Wizard of Oz.  I read the Persian Pickle Club not long after it was published, but the mood of the story has stayed with me to this day. A group of ladies in Harveyville, Kansas, called themselves the Persian Pickle Club–part homemaker’s group, part sorority, they pulled together except when they didn’t! The Great Depression wasn’t bad enough–Kansas and surrounding states also got what is today called the Dust Bowl. Yes, the Dust Bowl of Grapes of Wrath–that one. This book has some unexpected twists. It’s not just a happy quilting society enduring the depression by mending and making due and standing by their men. If your book club hasn’t read this one in the past, now is a good time to suggest it.


The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas.



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