This is a group for people who love to discuss literature. We are a reader driven, not an author driven group. Please do not join to promote your own book. Book choices are selected by member nominations and must be available in libraries. We hold lively discussions and learn from each other's viewpoints. If you would like to join a book club that exposes you to books you may never have read otherwise, welcome. We charge $10 a year to cover meetup costs. You will receive a 45 day trial period after you join. Afterwards, you will be required to pay dues. If this is a hardship, please let me know.
We will be reading "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth" by Sarah Smarsh. About the book: 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.