Here's a book that should be required reading for everyone who belittles the farmers' problems and who lacks imagination enough to see what drought and famine mean in a civilized world. We are accustomed to think that the problems of the struggle with nature have been relegated to the past of our frontier pioneers. Here is a story of the present -- of the great drought -- as seen through the eyes of one person, a girl living on a farm, and of the effect on all of them of advancing years and the burden of debt and the vagaries of natural forces. The mortgage -- successive crop failures -- bad markets in good years -- no crops when sales might be made -- then the drought forcing them to the wall, and precipitating illness and accident and death and fire and madness, Alien forces -- and against them only the love of the land which bound them one and all. Beautifully done, with just enough restraint and gripping power to sear the story unforgettably on the mind. There is more of reality than in the extremes of Tobacco Road -- but there is something of the fatality of that. And yet -- the problem of selling it is there to be faced. Someone in the staff should read it. Then make a careful selection from your list of customers and bring it to their attention. Too fine a book to fall by the roadside -- but it wont sell itself.