Sarah Smarsh

What: Sarah Smarsh will discuss and sign her memoir, HEARTLAND. Here's a special note from Valerie about this event:

This is one of the most important books that you need to read this year to understand what it is like to grow up poor in America. The story is compelling and profound. Because I am committed to getting this out to everyone, we are using a percentage of every book either pre-ordered or bought here in the shop to provide sets of HEARTLAND to Houston family-based ministries so more people can read and reflect on this topic. It is important that they know that their voices can be heard. As of today, we are supporting Family Point Resources and Mission of Yahweh. If you know of other organizations that would put this book in the hands of women, please let me know. 

When:  Thursday, September 20, 7:00 pm

Where:  Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX  77079

Admission:  In order to go through the signing line and meet Sarah Smarsh for book personalization, please purchase HEARTLAND from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, we will issue a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line. Your book and signing line ticket can be picked up at the event.

About the Author:

Sarah Smarsh has covered socioeconomic class, politics, and public policy for The GuardianVQR,,, The Texas Observer, and many others. She is currently a Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. A former professor of nonfiction writing, Smarsh is a frequent speaker on economic inequality and related media narratives. She lives in Kansas. Heartland is her first book.


A limited number of autographed copies of this book will be available for purchase after the event.  If you cannot attend the event and would like a personalized copy of this book, please call us before the event at (281) 497-8675, or add the book to your cart on our website and add personalization details in the order notes. Payment type must be "CreditCard." Shipping will be charged if you want the book shipped to you. If you cannot attend the event and prefer in-store pick up, please pick up your unclaimed book(s) within a month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Houston-based literacy organization.

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Event date: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501133091
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

*Finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize*
*Instant New York Times Bestseller*

*Named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Post, BuzzFeed, Shelf Awareness, Bustle, and Publishers Weekly*

An essential read for our times: an eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in America that will deepen our understanding of t