Rust : a memoir of steel and grit
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- ISBN: 1250239400
- ISBN: 9781250239402
310 pages ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2020.
|Summary, etc.:||"A debut memoir of grit and tenacity, as one young woman returns to the conservative hometown she always longed to escape to earn a living in the steel mill that casts a shadow over Cleveland. Steel is the only thing that shines in the belly of the mill... To ArcelorMittal Steel Eliese is known as #6691: Utility Worker, but this was never her dream. Fresh out of college, eager to leave behind her conservative hometown and come to terms with her Christian roots, Eliese found herself applying for a job at the local steel mill. The mill is everything she was trying to escape, but it's also her only shot at financial security in an economically devastated and forgotten part of America. In Rust, Eliese brings the reader inside the belly of the mill and the middle American upbringing that brought her there in the first place. She takes a long and intimate look at her Rust Belt childhood and struggles to reconcile her desire to leave without turning her back on the people she's come to love. The people she sees as the unsung backbone of our nation. Faced with the financial promise of a steelworker's paycheck, and the very real danger of working in an environment where a steel coil could crush you at any moment or a vat of molten iron could explode because of a single drop of water, Eliese finds unexpected warmth and camaraderie among the gruff men she labors beside each day. Appealing to readers of Hillbilly Elegy and Educated, Rust is a story of the humanity Eliese discovers in the most unlikely and hellish of places, and the hope that therefore begins to grow"--|
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #1
As part of a generation that grew up being told they could be anything they wanted to be, Goldbach had not imagined that her future would involve wearing a hardhat. But after an unexpected recession dimmed her prospects for the future, even as she was about to earn a graduate degree, Goldbach decided to trade her part-time work painting houses for the promise of steady income at the steel mill in her hometown of Cleveland. With the promise of a union position after six months, Goldbach lands a job in the finishing department. Under the constant threat of danger from the mill's machinery, she earns the coveted yellow hat worn by union employees by working swing shifts that push both her mental health and her relationship to the breaking point. Bringing her perspective as an outsiderâboth as a woman and a liberalâto this insightful account of the steel worker's lot, Goldbach displays refreshing candor and hard-earned knowledge about the issues that divide us and the work that unites us. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
Eliese Colette Goldbach was a steelworker at ArcelorMittal Cleveland. She received an M.F.A. in nonfiction from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Western Humanities Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, McSweeneyâs Internet Tendency, and The Best American Essays 2017. She received the Ploughshares Emerging Writerâs Award and a Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant from the Ohioana Library Association, which is given to a young Ohio writer of promise. She now works at John Carroll University and lives in Cleveland with her husband.
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Women iron and steel workers Ohio Cleveland Biography
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