Louise Maynard

“Right on–yup, this was our lives here in the San Joaquin. A fine account, with great pics to back it up. Great job, thanks, Ron.”

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Earnest C. Imbach (Visalia, CA)

Many other books I’ve read authentically reflect what dust bowl people had to endure to survive and maintain “hope.” Ron Hughart’s book is more of an autobiography where he shares many similar stories, but at a later date – one or two generations removed.

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Jeff (Sacramento, CA, USA)

An incredible book. I was captured by this story within the first 3 pages!

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Gin Paim (Tulare California)

I am very glad we had your book as a mandatory reading in my English 1 class. Not only was it interesting, but it intrigued me in my own families history. I am also a descendent of Okies, my Read more

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Jeff (Sacramento, CA, USA)

An incredible book. I was captured by this story within the first 3 pages! The author’s vivid descriptions of his survival (and ultimately, enrichment of self) through harsh, yet realistic, conditions provides the reader with an extremely personal view Read more

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sue1960 (Visalia, CA United States)

WOW! I just finished reading this book for the third time and I am still overwhelmed at the author’s generosity. To share such a truly personal and emotional story of his childhood with us is a gift in itself. Read more

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Terry Goeckner (Downey, CA)

I had the pleasure of meeting Ron Hughart before ever knowing he was an author. This provided me a truly different perspective when reading this book. It was a pleasure reading about Ron’s childhood, coming of age, and life Read more

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Jeannette C. Velasquez, Hollister, CA

“I just started my third reading of this book; I concluded that I would like to see a sequel. I first met the Hughart family at our one room school in Panoche Valley in San Benito County, California in Read more

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Bob Valenzuela The Hollister Pinnacle, May 29, 2002

…No Steinbeck prose to romanticize the hard life…or to deify the poor… It would make an excellent screenplay…”

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Lewis Grizwold, The Fresno Bee

Lewis Grizwold, The Fresno Bee, Visalia Week, May 11, 2002

… The beauty of the book is that it could be the story of any child of migrant workers from Oklahoma…”

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