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 earn less. While not set in Oregon, this book contains lessons and reflections valuable for any rural community.