Sanora Babb

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Ain't Got No Home: America's Great Migrations and the Making of an Interracial Left

Erin Royston Battat devotes an entire chapter to Sanora Babb and her novel Whose Names Are Unknown. She writes: Babb’s subject matter was close to her heart; she wrote about rural people in her native region of the high plains. "These were the people I knew all my life, [Babb] wrote . . . I knew them and lived with them through the hard pioneering days of breaking new land, of more prosperous days, of the early depression years.” Within the chapter Battat addresses populism, regionalism, and gender in Babb’s novel and her vision of interracial unionism.

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Selected Works

Memoir
“A memoir of literary and historical quality that well deserves this new edition.”
—Pulitzer Prize author
William Kennedy
Fiction
Many readers and reviewers consider Babb’s Dust Bowl novel better than The Grapes of Wrath—more realistic, passionate, and insightful.

A gripping autobiographical novel of a professional gambler and his family set on the High Plains in the 1930s.
Non fiction
"This is a really exciting book . . . Some of the pictures alone are worth the price."--Lawrence Rodgers
Short stories
"Babb can sing, and convince us, at least for a while, that to touch bottom is to find hope."--Small Press Magazine
Poetry
A collection of poems by this "lyric poet of great sensitivity."