Sanora Babb

Official website for the author Sanora Babb

The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming since the Dust Bowl

Sarah D. Wald offers a new way of thinking through questions of national belonging by probing the relationships among race, labor, and land ownership. “Wald delivers brilliant new insights from a reading of literary, archival, and popular-culture objects . . .” [Noel Sturgeon] She devotes an entire chapter to the analysis of Sanora Babb’s Whose Names Are Unknown and Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.

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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."