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Heartland : a memoir of working hard and being broke in the richest country on Earth / Sarah Smarsh.

Smarsh, Sarah, (author.).
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  • 20 of 33 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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1 current hold with 33 total copies.

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Alexandria-Monroe PL - Alexandria B SMA (Text) 37521530897455 AMPL Adult New Nonfiction Shelf Checked out 01/30/2019
Bloomfield Eastern Greene Co PL - Eastern Branch 92 SMA (Text) 36804000272289 NONFIC Available -
Carnegie PL of Steuben Co - Angola 978.1 SMA (Text) 33118000186402 Adult: New Book Available -
Coatesville-Clay Twp PL - Coatesville 978.1033 (Text) 78321000028380 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Culver-Union Twp PL - Culver 978.1033092 SMARSH (Text) 34304000914300 Adult - Nonfiction Available -
Danville-Center Twp PL - Danville 978.1033 Sma (Text) 32604000205404 DCTPLD AD New Books Available -
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Fulton Co PL - Aubbee Library (Leiters Ford) 921 SMA (Text) 33187004429086 Nonfiction Available -
Fulton Co PL - Fulton Library 921 SMA (Text) 33187004429094 Nonfiction Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 1501133098
  • ISBN: 9781501133091
  • Physical Description: ix, 290 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Subject: Smarsh, Sarah.
Poor > Kansas > Biography.
Working poor > Kansas > Biography.
Farmers > Kansas > Biography.
Farmers > Kansas > Economic conditions.
Farm life > Kansas.
Kansas > Biography.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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