Sarah Smarsh will be In Conversation about her Instant New York Times Bestselling Softcover ~ Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

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EVENT OVERVIEW:  Sarah Smarsh, the Instant New York Times Bestselling Author, will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books about Sarah's New Softcover 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,,, 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 the Heartland of Kansas.

Watch & Listen to Sarah Smarsh in this Interview in The Kansas City Star on Sunday, September 01, 2019!

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.

  • Finalist for the National Book Award
  • Finalist for the Kirkus Prize
  • Instant New York Times Bestseller
  • Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, The New York Post, BuzzFeed, Shelf Awareness, Bustle, and Publishers Weekly 

An essential read for our times: an eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in America that will deepen our understanding of the ways in which class shapes our country and a deeply humane memoir that crackles with clarifying insight.

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:  Thursday, September 05, 2019, at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  A Rainy Day Books Author Event at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Sarah Smarsh, the Instant New York Times Bestselling Author, will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books about Sarah's New Softcover Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, her life, and her work.  The Presentation will last approximately 1 Hour.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.

WALK-IN ADMISSION PACKAGES (1 or 2 People plus 1 Softcover of Heartland):  $17.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes 1 Softcover of Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, 1 Stamped Author Autograph Admission Ticket, and 1 Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same price.

Walk-In Admission Packages Purchases are welcome at Unity Temple on The Plaza on Thursday, September 05, 2019, after 6:00 PM, until our Event starts at 7:00 PM.  Online Admission Package Ordering for this Event has STOPPED as of Thursday, September 05, 2019, at 2:00 PM, Central Time.

Author Autographed Softcovers of Heartland are available for purchase while Supplies last, through the link below. You can also Order Author Autographed Hardcovers & Softcovers of Heartland while Supplies last, In-Store at our Sales & Service Counter, or Call us at 913-384-3126 to place a Phone Order during our Normal Business Hours.

The Publication & Sale Date of Heartland is Tuesday, September 03, 2019.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
SKU: A9781501133107

AUTHOR AUTOGRAPHED SOFTCOVER:  1 Author Autographed Softcover of Heartland by Sarah Smarsh.

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