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"All They Will Call You" by Tim Hernandez
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Cynthia White
530/458-7671

Morse Conference Room
Main Branch
Colusa, CA  95932



Meeting Date: February 28, 2019

All They Will Call You is the harrowing account of “the worst airplane disaster in California’s history,” which claimed the lives of thirty-two passengers, including twenty-eight Mexican citizens—farmworkers who were being deported by the U.S. government. Outraged that media reports omitted only the names of the Mexican passengers, American folk icon Woody Guthrie penned a poem that went on to become one of the most important protest songs of the twentieth century, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).” It was an attempt to restore the dignity of the anonymous lives whose unidentified remains were buried in an unmarked mass grave in California’s Central Valley. For nearly seven decades, the song’s message would be carried on by the greatest artists of our time, including Pete Seeger, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez, yet the question posed in Guthrie’s lyrics, “Who are these friends all scattered like dry leaves?” would remain unanswered—until now.

Combining years of painstaking investigative research and masterful storytelling, award-winning author Tim Z. Hernandez weaves a captivating narrative from testimony, historical records, and eyewitness accounts, reconstructing the incident and the lives behind the legendary song. This singularly original account pushes narrative boundaries, while challenging perceptions of what it means to be an immigrant in America, but more importantly, it renders intimate portraits of the individual souls who, despite social status, race, or nationality, shared a common fate one frigid morning in January 1948.


Upcoming Selections & Meeting Dates
April 25:  The Dionne Years: A Thirties Melodrama by Pierre Berton
May 9:  The Alice Network by Kate Quinn


Past Selections
January 2019: There There by Tommy Orange
November 2018:  Immortal Irishman
by Tim Egan
September 2018: Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
May 2018: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
April 2018: The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
March 2018: The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
January 2018: Barkskins
 by Annie Proulx
December 2017: 
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
October 2017:  Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
September 2017:  Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
May 2017: The Green Road by Anne Enright
March/April 2017: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
February 2017: Wintering by Peter Geye
January 2017: 11-22-63 by Stephen King