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Special Edition: Ralph Lewin on his most treasured book
March 17, 2017
Ralph Lewin is the executive director of the Mechanics’ Institute. Maybe it was the Central Valley orchards, the debate about the legality and morality of Prop. 187 or the drive with our newborn in the back seat, but whatever the reason the choice was clear: This story of three generations of the Joad family fleeing their home because of environmental and human disaster could be today’s story of the Nawfals of Syria, the Cáceres of Honduras, or Kinalegus of the Congo. [...] the act of Rose of Sharon nursing a starving man with the milk meant for her dead baby was an image of human generosity that reminded me of Steinbeck’s writing of the “one big soul ever’body’s a part of.”