This month we will be discussing Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke In the Richest Country on Earth, by Sarah Smarsh.
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.
It is interesting to compare Smarsh’s book to J D Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy”, to Tara Westover’s “Educated” and Mildred Armstrong Kalish’s “Little Heathens”.
The book may be obtained from your local library, via interlibrary loan, possibly as an audio or e-book via ListenUp Vermont
or in New Hampshire, New Hampshire Downloadable Books
. Users need only get a barcode number from their local library to use the services. Or you can obtain the book from your favorite local bookseller, or via www.bookfinder.com
, the aggregator site for booksellers both large and small from all over the world, and for books both new and secondhand.
All are welcome