House of Earth by Woody Guthrie, on tour October/November 2013

Posted By on September 10, 2013

House of EarthAbout House of Earth

• Paperback: 288 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 22, 2013)

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.

Woody GuthrieAbout Woody Guthrie

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.

Woody’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, October 22nd: Lavish Bookshelf

Wednesday, October 23rd: The Blog of Lit Wits

Thursday, October 24th: Lit and Life

Monday, October 28th: Mom in Love With Fiction

Tuesday, October 29th: M. Denise C.

Wednesday, October 30th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Monday, November 4th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Monday, November 4th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Tuesday, November 5th: A Book Geek

Wednesday, November 6th: Man of La Book

Thursday, November 7th: Broken Teepee


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