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Book Tour: Sarah Smarsh, Heartland

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free
Dates and locations for Sarah Smarsh's book tour.

Join Sarah Smarsh,  KU Alumna, for the release of her new book Heartland.

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 beless 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.

Details

Date:
September 25
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://twitter.com/Sarah_Smarsh/status/1029086670048641025

Organizers

Lawrence Public Library
The Raven Bookstore

Venue

Liberty Hall
644 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044 United States
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Phone:
785-749-1972