Has A Time of Grace woken your interest in the 1930s? Or in Rhode Island? Many of the “little incidents” in the Trilogy were inspired by actual, first-person stories that have been told to me – such as that of Grace cutting out cardboard inserts for her shoes – but other things come from articles and books that I’ve used along the way. I’d love to share with you some resources and links to get you started on learning more about this fascinating time period!
For some background on Rhode Island:
- Rhode Island: A Brief History by Earl C. Tanner
- North Providence, Rhode Island by Thomas E. Greene and Barbara A. Greene – This is part of the Images of America series, the whole of part of which dealing with Rhode Island was very helpful to me. Highly recommended, but once you start reading them, you won’t be able to stop!
For historical medical information:
- Kill or Cure: An Illustrated History of Medicine by Steve Parker
- Seeking the Cure: A History of Medicine in America by Ira Rutkow
- The Medical Book by Clifford A. Pickover
And a few links (some fun, some informative, some both!):
- “The Great Depression and the Rise of the Refrigerator”
- “The Cost of Living in 1938”
- “Depression America Goes to the Horses”
- “But the Children Are Earning”
- “Did the Catholic Church Forbid Bible Reading?”
- “Ethnic Shops versus Chain Stores: Retailing among Italian Americans in Providence in the Interwar Years”