The Inquiring Reader
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Michael Patrick F. Smith

  • The Good Hand

    On the windswept plains of North Dakota, Michael Patrick F. Smith records his experience of becoming a "Good Hand" in the oil fields. He lays out, unflinchingly, the good and bad associated with American boomtowns – opportunity and poverty, brotherhood and toxic masculinity, friendship and racism. From sleeping in his car to finding an outrageously overpriced space in a flophouse, to finally securing a job and building trust with his coworkers, Smith's first-hand account depicts what life may be like for many migrant workers in America today.