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. Finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize, nominated for a National Book Award, and an Oprah Book Club selection. HEARTLAND is a chilling book set in flyover country between fires and floods, read with poignant honesty by the author. Sarah Smarsh has written one of the best memoirs of the year, a real argument for compassion in an age when one’s worth is determined by how much they add to the coffers of the rich. Many are literally on their own, corralled by rules written by the rulers: the super rich, who make them feel like freight. Audiobook of the Month. Ebook here.
Another title called HEART LAND is the story of reconnection, lost love, and the power of faith. Kimberly Stuart’s novel is read by Joy Osmanski, and follows a struggling fashion designer back to her small Iowa hometown as she tries to follow her dreams of success and finding true love.