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A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

The author grew up in a midwest wheat-farming family in the 1980s and 1990s that found itself struggling to get by, for generations. This book tells the story of her young life and transition to adulthood. Smarsh combines memoir with rich and insightful social commentary. She asks us to carefully consider American class divisions and to question myths in our society that cause people to be treated as less than others simply because they are paid less. While not set in Oregon, this book contains lessons and reflections valuable for any rural community.

Author: Sarah Smarsh
Year of Publishing: 2019
Number of Pages: 320

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  1. haileys (verified owner)

    Good read, interesting story!

  2. sweety95838 (verified owner)

    very good and very interesting

  3. kerricoldren (verified owner)

    This book hit close to home. My own father spent his whole life just trying to get a tiny bit above dirt poor. He was the hardest worker I’ve ever known but sometimes it seemed like nothing he did could get him out of the poverty cycle. Great read and insight into generational poverty.

  4. ashleyjohnsonbend (verified owner)

    A little bit of everyone in this book, so important.

  5. sueone (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the book.

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