Sarah Smarsh will Present her Debut Hardcover ~ Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Sarah Smarsh will Present her Debut Hardcover Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Sarah Smarsh has covered socioeconomic class, politics, and public policy for The Guardian, VQR, NewYorker.com, Harpers.org, The Texas Observer, and many others.  She is currently 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.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  A perfect companion to Evicted and Nickel and Dimed, Heartland reveals one woman's experience of working class poverty with a startlingly observed, eye-opening, and topical personal story.

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.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, October 03, 2018, at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at The Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Sarah Smarsh will Present her Debut Hardcover Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth and answer audience questions.  A Meet & Greet Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required at www.KCLibrary.org/Signature-Events or Call the Library at 816-701-3407.  Rainy Day Books will have Sarah Smarsh's Books for Sale at this Event, or you may Pre-Order for In-Store or At-Event Pick-Up through the link below.  Seating is General Admission.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: Author Autographed Hardcover of Heartland by Sarah Smarsh.


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