Heartland (häftad)
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Joint winner of Publishers Lunch, The Best of the Best Books of 2018: Nonfiction 2018 (United States); Short-listed for National Book Awards: Nonfiction 2018 (United States); Short-listed for The Kirk
Scribe Publications
163 x 171 x 22 mm
406 g
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Heartland (häftad)


a memoir of working hard and being broke in the richest country on earth

Häftad Engelska, 2018-11-08
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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 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.
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'An eye-opening memoir which reveals the challenges and entrenched deprivation of working-class poverty in America.' -- Clare Lacey * Style Media * 'Sarah Smarsh's new book, Heartland, provides a searing description of the utter chaos that being poor entails. It reads at times like a simple memoir of a Kansas farming family struggling to keep up, at others as a social critique of America's economic structure.' -- Jim Swearingen * The National Book Review * '[A]mbitious and moving .' -- Caroline Fraser * The New York Review of Books * 'A beautifully rendered memoir about growing up on a poor farm in Kansas ... Though not overtly political, Smarsh offers many insights into how America has done a disservice to the destitute and asserts that the poor are not responsible for their distress. Smarsh's engaging, authentic voice makes Heartland a standout.' -- Mandy Nevius * Manhattan Book Review * '[A] knockout ... the book does not fall into a cliched rags to riches story and delights in the many beautiful moments and lessons without overdosing on sentimentality ... the book's spirit and detail connects on many more levels than just geographic recognition. There is an abundance of stories for people of all types to connect with - whether it be family tension, institutional discrimination, or dealing with loss.' -- Madison White * Entropy * 'An anthem of solidarity with the rural working poor; and a hymn of praise for the fortitude.' FOUR STARS -- Jennifer Somerville * Good Reading Magazine * 'Exceptional writing and an eye-opening story.' -- Sarah Lang * North and South * 'Reading Sarah Smarsh's memoir, Heartland, I find myself agreeing with nearly every piece of social commentary she writes ... She describes the way post-Reagan neoliberalism, followed by all presidents since, has destroyed a workable system of social welfare and made education and healthcare less affordable, while promoting the myth that the poor are poor only because they are either stupid or lazy.' * Listener * 'Throughout the book Smarsh directly addresses her unborn child and while this unique framing device might have seemed contrived were it handled by a lesser writer, Smarsh's prose is extraordinarily beautiful, evocative and unsentimental, and framing the book in this way reveals unique insights into gender, the body and poverty ... [Heartland] offers a more nuanced analysis of gender, race, and class within the power structures of American politics and culture.' -- Kara Nicholson * Readings * 'Searing, timely and blazingly eloquent, Heartland challenges readers to look beyond tired stereotypes of the rural Midwest and is a testament to the value (on many levels) of "flyover country".' * Shelf Awareness * 'Startlingly vivid ... an absorbing, important work in a country that needs to know more about itself.' * Christian Science Monitor * 'You might have read Sarah Smarsh's viral New York Times op-ed, which deconstructed the myth of the "aggrieved laborer: male, Caucasian, conservative, racist, sexist" with reference to the experiences and opinions of her working-class father. In this memoir, she fully explores the impact of poverty on her family.' * Elle.com * 'Heartland is an important book for this moment ... Smarsh emerges as a writer, most potently, in her vivid encounters with the ironies of working-class life - her reflections on what it means to live poor can turn startlingly poetic.' * EntertainmentWeekly.com * 'An important, timely work that details a family, a landscape, and a country that has changed dramatically since Smarsh's birth in 1980. Heartland puts a very human face on the issue of economic inequality while also serving as an outstretched hand of sorts across the economic divide, seeking to connect readers from all economic backgrounds through a shared American story.' * Iowa City Gazette * 'Heartland offers an excellent example of narrative journalism, writing which relies both on well-researched, well-presented factua

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Sarah Smarsh has covered socioeconomic class, politics, and public policy for The Guardian, The New York Times, NewYorker.com, Harpers.org, The Texas Observer, and many others. She recently was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. A former professor of nonfiction writing, Smarsh is a frequent speaker on economic inequality and related media narratives. She lives in Kansas. Heartland is her first book.