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The Grapes of WrathThe Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
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First published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature. This Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads--driven from their homestead by the "land companies: and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. A portrai of conflict between the powerful and powerless captures the horrors of the Depression and probes the very nature of equality in America. Also available in Read an excerpt.
     

 
Of Mice and MenOf Mice and Men
John Steinbeck
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Charting the dispossessed labor classes, Steinbeck drew upon his own experiences as a California field-worker as he wrote one of his finest short novels. A portrait of the friendship two men shared in a world marked by misunderstanding and callousness, Of Mice and Men is a classic portrait of commitment, hope, and loss. 105 pages, softcover.
     

 
Of Mice and Men and The Moon is DownOf Mice and Men and The Moon is Down
John Steinbeck
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The Grapes of WrathThe Grapes of Wrath
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Winner of both the Pulitzer and the Nobel Prize, Steinbeck's classic Great Depression novel follows one family as they're driven from their home and forced to travel west to California. Encountering trials created by the new economic realities they're facing, Stenbeck's drama is fully human-both majestic and tragic. 464 pages, softcover.
     

 
The Grapes of WrathThe Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
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Hemingway's The Grapes of Wrath still stands as a quintessential piece of Great American Writing. The story of the sufferings and trials of the Dust Bowl as experienced by one family, the hurt and trials gone through trying to have a small piece of the American Dream haunt. 455 pages, softcover.
     

 

East of EdenEast of Eden
John Steinbeck, David Wyatt
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The masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years--a powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis. In his journal, John Steinbeck called East of Eden the "first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here is the work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.
     

The PearlThe Pearl
John Steinbeck
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When the news of Kino's great find--the "Pearl of the World"--spreads through the small town, no one suspects its power to deceive, to corrupt, to destroy.
Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the Gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juanna, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security.
A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.
     
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