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This book club is for people who'd like to read more... non-fiction! Let's have fun reading and discussing informative, thought provoking books.

Our goal is to bring like minded individuals together who enjoy learning more about the world and would like to socialize over a good book. Maybe you never get to read and would like to give it a try?

Titles to span diverse subjects like economics, current events, politics, history, science, self-help, biographies, travelogues and memoirs.

We'll meet at coffee shops, wine bars, or casual dining spots inside the Loop. We'll be selecting new reads based on member suggestions and popular vote.

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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke...

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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. By Sarah Smarsh. 304 pages. Published 2018.


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.

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.

A beautifully written memoir that combines personal narrative with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland examines the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less.

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