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BOOK CORNER: Vale Club reviews, recaps summer’s worth of good reads

Books on the Vale Book Club's reading list can be checked out at the Vale Library. (Enterprise file photo)

VALE – Members of the Vale Book Club shared a summer’s worth of reading experience when they met Sept. 9 at the home of Twilla Hayden.

The meeting was the first of a new club season after a summer hiatus. The session compared two books: Jessica Bruder’s 2017 nonfiction “Nomadland” and the classic John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath.” Their summation follows:

Although set 50 years apart, both works describe responses to American economic calamity.

 “The Grapes of Wrath” delved into the response of an already poverty-stricken subgroup during the Great Depression. It was set in a time when years of drought, ignorance about proper farming methods, and the emergence of . . .