The FDR years were some of the most fascinating and transformative in US history. They were a time of hope and change, but also of widespread racism and devastating economic crisis (not to mention the barbarism of the Second World War). This book provides a brief overview of that time. It’s a great introduction to the life, presidency, and administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, with a focus on the interaction between the government, popular movements, and socio-economic forces. The narrative is complemented by short illustrated ‘comics’ sections that emphasize key ideas and events. This is a fun, informative, and relevant read!
February 2011I loved this big, gorgeous novel in which characters and story lines flow, merge, and diverge like the streams and channels of a river. The story spans more than 100 years in the fictional town of Port Bonita, Washington, and its surrounding wilderness. Evison pulls together such grand themes as our relationship to the land, what we make of our past, and what we owe the future. His writing style is unpretentious and delightful, a combination of big ideas and down-to-earth, friendly delivery that's perfectly suited to this quintessentially American novel. -- Christie Olson Day, Gallery Bookshop &, Mendocino, CA
Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State's rugged Pacific coast, "West of Here" is propelled by a story that both re-creates and celebrates the American experience.