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  • Heartland

  • A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
  • By: Sarah Smarsh
  • Narrated by: Sarah Smarsh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
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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. 

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  • My favorite memoir of 2018

  • By NMwritergal on 11-25-18

Powerful and gripping.

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Reviewed: 11-09-18

This is the most impactful book I have read in years. I was raised mere miles from the author’s home during roughly the same time period. Her perspective, attention to detail and raw truth telling are both brave and powerful. For the betterment of our society, this is a story that should be shared again and again.

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