Journalist Sarah Smarsh will discuss her book, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth on Wednesday, September 4 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Library. Heartland is Smarsh’s memoir of working-class poverty in America and an examination of the nation’s class divide. The book, a Finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Post, BuzzFeed, Shelf Awareness, Bustle and Publishers Weekly. NPR books calls it “Smart, nuanced and atmospheric ... Heartland deepens our understanding of the crushing ways in which class shapes possibility in this country. It's an unsentimental tribute to the working-class people Smarsh knows — the farmers, office clerks, trash collectors, waitresses — whose labor is often invisible or disdained."
Smarsh has covered socioeconomic class, politics and public policy for The Guardian, The New York Times, The Texas Observer, Pacific Standard and many others. A native of rural Kansas, Smarsh is a frequent speaker and commentator on economic inequality.
Copies of Heartland will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Register for this free program online at hudsonlibrary.org or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.