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Heartland : : a Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

Smarsh, Sarah. Book - 2018 305.562 Sm, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Biography / General / Smarsh, Sarah 10 On Shelf 7 requests on 16 copies Community Rating: 4.7 out of 5

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Dear August -- A penny in a purse -- The body of a poor girl -- A stretch of gravel with wheat on either side -- The shame a country could assign -- A house that needs shingles -- A working-class woman -- The place I was from.
"During Sarah Smarsh's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the country's changing economic policies solidified her family's place among the working poor. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, Smarsh challenges us to examine the class divide in our country and the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less. Her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities, and she explores this idea as lived experience, metaphor, and level of consciousness. Born a fifth-generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side, Smarsh grew up in a family of laborers trapped in a cycle of poverty. Whether working the wheat harvest, helping on her dad's construction sites, or visiting her grandma's courthouse job, she learned about hard work. She also absorbed painful lessons about economic inequality. Through her experience growing up as the child of a dissatisfied teenage mother--and being raised predominantly by her grandmother on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita--she gives us a unique, essential look into the lives of poor and working-class Americans living in the middle of our country. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess."--Jacket.

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Great book submitted by denisemw on August 31, 2019, 11:26pm Well written book describing growing up poor and pulling yourself out of an impoverished situation. What an accomplishment. Glad thes opportunities exist in the U.S. Also makes you sympathetic for those that do not have the smarts, drive, opportunity, or luck to do the same.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Scribner, 2018.
Year Published: 2018
Description: 290 pages ; 22 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9781501133091

SUBJECTS
Smarsh, Sarah.
Poor -- Kansas -- Biography.
Working poor -- Kansas -- Biography.
Farmers -- Kansas -- Biography.
Farmers -- Kansas -- Economic conditions.
Farm life -- Kansas.
Kansas -- Biography.