A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on EarthBook - 2018 | First Scribner hardcover edition
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Shortlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for nonfiction.
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the American Dream has. a price tag on it. The cost changes depending on where you're born and to whom. . .but the poorer you are the higher the price.,.
The poverty I felt most. . . was a scarcity of the heart, a near-constant state of longing for the mother right in front of me yet out of reach.
She withheld the immense love she had inside her like children of the Great Depression hoarded coins.
Class didn't exist in a democracy like ours [in 1980], as far as most Americans were concerned, at least not as a destiny or an excuse.
You got what you worked for, we believed.
There was some truth to that. But it was not the whole truth.
That we could live on a patch of Kansas dirt with a tub of Crisco lard and a $1 rebate coupon in an envelope on the kitchen counter and call ourselves middle class was at once a triumph of contentedness and a sad comment on our country's lack of awareness about its own economic structure.
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