Book Club

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:00pm

Our Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6pm. We meet upstairs at the store, so please contact us with any accessibility concerns, and we'll make arrangements. We're always happy to see new faces, and there's no month-to-month obligation. Please join us for a fun, casual discussion, and enjoy some refreshments.

This month we'll be discussing Heartland by Sarah Smarsh.

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".*

Sarah 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 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.
During Sarah's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, she enjoyed the freedom of a country childhood, but observed the painful challenges of the poverty around her; untreated medical conditions for lack of insurance or consistent care, unsafe job conditions, abusive relationships, and limited resources and information that would provide for the upward mobility that is the American Dream. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves with clarity and precision but without judgement, Smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country.

Beautifully written, in a distinctive voice, Heartland combines personal narrative with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, challenging the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less.

 

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501133107
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 3rd, 2019

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Country Bookshelf
28 West Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
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