A perfect companion to Evicted and Nickel and Dimed, Heartland reveals one woman’s experience of working class poverty with a startlingly observed, eye-opening, and topical personal story.
Sarah Smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. Through her experiences growing up as the daughter of a dissatisfied young mother and raised predominantly by her grandmother on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita, we are given a unique and essential look into the lives of poor and working class Americans living in the heartland. 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.
Sarah Smarsh is a journalist and writes about class, politics and policy for The Guardian, Harpers, New Yorker, The Texas Observer and many other outlets. She is currently a Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. A former professor of nonfiction writing, Smarsh is a frequent speaker on economic inequality and related media narratives. She lives in Kansas. This is her first book.
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
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