Book of the Week- This Land Was Made for You and Me

This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie by Elizabeth Patridge

What a large amount of research this author had to wade through in order to write this book. From interviewing friends and family to reading the almost illegible scrawl of Guthrie’s handwriting later in his life. Despite the very detailed and vivid information the author provides, the reader always feels like they are being presented with facts. Nothing feels made up or crafted for the story. There is rich sensory details such as how the dust must have felt during the dust bowl, and the way the migrant workers camp must have felt. She pieces this together from Guthrie’s life, but also through outside sources, letters, and conversations with people who may or may not have been associated with the Guthrie movement. Partridge weaves together a tale that does not shy away from the good, the bad, or the ugly. She takes these facts and transports you into the world of Woody Guthrie. One can’t help but go find one of his CD’s and listen as you read the book.