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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

A Kansan’s Perspective

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Reviewed: 11-03-18

Do some books make you feel uncomfortable because they hit way too close to home? This one did for sure! I don’t reach all of the same conclusions of this author, but it resonates. Thoughtful read for those who wish a better understanding of the “flyover” states that we call home.

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