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

    Heartland : A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth / Sarah Smarsh

    Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction An eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in the American Midwest.During Sarah Smarsh's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the forces of cyclical poverty and 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 look more closely at the class divide in our country and examine 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. 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...

    Biography & Autobiography Sociology Nonfiction poverty United States Kansas

    Scribner
    ENG EISBN:9781501133114

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