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"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...
Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Book Preview: #1 The farm was 30 miles west of Wichita on the silty loam of southern Kansas. It had three nicknames: the breadbasket of the world, the air capital of the world, and tornado alley. The area was known for its government-subsidized grain production, airplane-manufacturing industry, and its tornadoes. #2 Betty and Arnie met at a dance, and after a few dates,...
Explores how the music of Dolly Parton and other prominent women country artists has both reflected and validated the harsh realities of rural working-class American women.
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