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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City | Matthew Desmond
From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "genius" Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, Love dont pay the bills. She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of Americas vast inequalityand to peoples determination and intelligence in the face of hardship. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.From the Hardcover edition.
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I understand now why this book received all the praise it did when it was released. The families and stories Desmond reveals about the tragedy of poverty and eviction in an American city were eye-opening, frustrating, and heartbreaking.

#Nonfiction2020 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa For my prompt on Something about Housing

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Such a great book and a wonderful choice for that prompt! 7d
Addison_Reads @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It's been on my TBR a long time, so thank you for giving me a reason to finally read it. 😁 7d
mdhughes72 I make all my students read this. 7d
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This book blew me away. The author integrated himself into these families lives and did an exceptional job at reporting his findings so that the reader deeply cares about an issue that is so often easily ignored. It shows how the high cost of renting a home continues a perpetual cycle of poverty and has disastrous consequences for the whole family. It‘s heartbreaking, but one of the most important books I‘ve read. I can‘t recommend it enough.

BarkingMadRun ❄️❄️❄️ 3w
Andrew65 👏👏👏 3w
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Caterina
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I'm loving seeing all y'all's #Top10oftheDecade #NonfictionEdition! 😊❤️ Here are mine! I counted the March trilogy as one book. 😂 I started this decade 15 years old and I'm ending it 25 years old, so I picked only books that have formed who I am today and changed how I look at the world and directed my call to diaconal ministry in the church. Some of these could have easily turned into more than 1 by the same author, but I resisted! @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Wow! That‘s amazing 😉 you‘re only 25! #SuperWoman 💕🙌🏻 (edited) 1mo
Emilymdxn Fantastic choices!! I went with the same criteria for my list but you phrased it better lol. This decade I went from 13 to 23, pivoted my ‘life‘s purpose‘ from creative professions to outreach work, watched Britain make some Questionable Decisions and I tried to think about the books that guided me through all that 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Great choices!! 1mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve read 6 of these (again counting the March trilogy as 1 book) all great books! 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Emilymdxn I‘ve watched the United States make some “Questionable Decisions” this decade too (I love the way you phrased that) and yes, it definitely led me to some interesting and great reads to guide me through too! 1mo
Graywacke Great list. I a little surprised how young you (and @Emilymdxn ) are! 🙂Thinking about how powerful books were to me in my late teens and twenties. Yeah, formative... 1mo
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My top 5 books of the decade (by genre) -- Nonfiction

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Cinfhen
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Evicted is a heartbreaking look at several real families who qualify as some of the poorest citizens of the US. Poverty leads to millions of evictions each year, which leads to hopelessness & often crime & drugs. It‘s a vicious cycle affecting the children‘s lack of education, well being and stability.
Integrating himself amongst the families, observing their everyday life & interacting with each person gave the author a genuine perspective.

Cinfhen Five stars and many thanks to @Megabooks for the recommendation 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed it so much!! 4mo
Reggie The 911 part made me crazy. And the part where that woman‘s kids couldn‘t be sad be cause they knew their mom was already sad. Kids shouldn‘t have to compensate emotionally for their parents. It was a hard read. 4mo
Reggie Also that people didn‘t want to rent to people with kids. Where are they supposed to live?!!!! 4mo
Cinfhen So many things in this book was infuriating @Reggie and unbearably sad 😢 This was such an eye opening book. 4mo
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I decided to to a re-listen #buddylisten with you @Cinfhen 😘😘 Such a good, important book! 🎧 #audiobook

Cinfhen I‘m in my final hour! This book is heartbreaking 💔I‘m awed by Matthew Desmond. This book is EVERYTHING Three Women wasn‘t! (edited) 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen You flew through it!! It‘s amazing. One of my favorites. And totally agree re: three women!! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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“It was easier to obtain opioids from your neighbors than a cup of sugar.”
Author describing a trailer park in Milwaukee. 😢😢😢
This book is heartbreaking and eye-opening.
What a vicious cycle of injustices.

Cathythoughts Great quote 👍🏻 4mo
Cinfhen How sad and frightening is that @Cathythoughts ??!?!! 4mo
TrishB Horrible ☹️ 4mo
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Lizpixie @Cinfhen unfortunately a lot of these authors(and lawmakers, doctors etc) don‘t take into account those of us who need those opioid type medications just to live a part normal life! There‘s a lot of people like me who have painful chronic illnesses who are now being told we can‘t have the scripts to deal with our disabling pain”why don‘t you try yoga?” “ what about meditation?” If that worked I‘d have been drug free 18yrs ago. 4mo
Lizpixie I just had a conversation with my eldest daughter who unfortunately inherited endometriosis from me and is in excruciating pain a lot of the month, our gp just got a government letter restricting her to one box of endone a month. She has women in her endo support group who‘ve been dropped by numerous doctors afraid of getting their pbs license cancelled. There‘s been two sufferers so far who have committed suicide rather than live with the pain. 4mo
Lizpixie It‘s mainly hysteria over fentanyl patches & oxycodone dealing which honestly, is not a huge problem over here but we, The sufferers, are paying the price. And here in Australia we don‘t even have the option of cannabis or cbd for relief. Sorry for the rant, it‘s something that‘s scaring the crap out of me!🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m sorry for your daughter and for you @Lizpixie I understand your frustration. Unfortunately so many people abuse the system that those in true need suffer endlessly. Why don‘t you have access to CBD?? And I‘m surprised medical marijuana is still illegal in Australia. 4mo
Cinfhen This book is actually referring specifically to the junkies and dealers who are abusing a system and perpetuating a cycle of drugs and poverty. Mom‘s selling food stamps for pills and nursing home workers stealing meds from their patients to sell to their neighbors. It‘s terrible @Lizpixie 4mo
JenReadsAlot I live about an hour outside of Milwaukee and was heartbroken when I realized this book was set there. 4mo
Lizpixie @Cinfhen yeah, there‘s a lot of us who are surprised medicinal cannabis is not readily available in Australia. The government keeps making announcements about”making it possible for sick Australians to have access to cannabis” but it‘s all smoke and mirrors. We have no dispensaries, there‘s a very short list of illnesses that qualify(mainly terminal patients & chronic seizure sufferers)and then you can only buy it from a government run program👇👇 4mo
Lizpixie That charges a fortune for inferior flower and tinctures. I know this for a fact because my grandson has a brain condition which causes seizures and some of the kids who see the same specialists have gone through the hoops to access it. It cost them $240 for a small amount of flower, some oil capsules and a thc/cbd tincture. Which they said was very poor quality. 4mo
sarahbarnes I heard Matthew Desmond speak at a conference this summer. Such a great book and such a complex, but critical, issue to solve. 4mo
Cinfhen @Lizpixie 😥😥😥 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m sure Desmond was wonderful. I‘m so awed by how he conducted his research ~ LIVING with the families he features in the book @sarahbarnes 4mo
Leftcoastzen It‘s an amazing book ,heartbreaks on every page 4mo
Cinfhen Desmond really humanizes the epidemic @Leftcoastzen 4mo
sarahbarnes I completely agree! And yes, he was phenomenal. 4mo
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Enjoying the blue sky and 90 degree weather☀️listening to the soulful voice of Dion Graham is just adding to my peaceful afternoon 😎Thanks for the recommendation @Megabooks ~ this book is living up to all the Litsy accolades ❤️

Megabooks Yay! Glad you‘re enjoying it! 4mo
KarenUK Enjoy what looks to be a perfect day💕 4mo
BarbaraBB Just a bit more summer, I‘d love that. Enjoy 😘 4mo
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Cinfhen
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#RedRoseSeptember #MoneysTooTightToMention Another book from my virtual #TBR 🤪Just waiting for a Kindle Deal 🤑

Megabooks The audiobook is so good!! Seriously!! 4mo
Cinfhen Oh, thanks @Megabooks I‘ll look for it on audio!!!! 4mo
arlenefinnigan Yeah the audiobook is excellent. 4mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s an incredible book 4mo
Cinfhen Alright, I‘m officially convinced @arlenefinnigan @Hooked_on_books @Megabooks 4mo
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Thrilled to be listening to Matthew Desmond talk about the eviction crisis in the U.S. at the Colorado Health Symposium.

Megabooks Cool!! 6mo
merelybookish Very cool! (We have a lot to discuss!) 6mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I know!! 😃 6mo
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This book was an emotional journey, to say the least. I knew very little about the affordable housing crisis before I started, and I was a little worried when I saw how thick the book was. To me, it reads more like a novel than a work of nonfiction. DEFINITELY makes you think about “the American Dream”, welfare, etc. in a different way. It‘s hard to read at parts, but it still holds a feeling of hope throughout.

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So many quotes that made me pause in this book, but I think this last one sums it up: “Poverty has not prevailed against their deep humanity.”

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One of the best books I‘ve ever read! The author wrote at the end that he lived in some of these places and built relationships with the people. That‘s how he really investigated evictions in Milwaukee. He also wrote about the landlords and what their processes and thoughts were to get a better picture. It opens your eyes to things you don‘t think about or just take for granted too. Five ⭐️ s

Megabooks It is an amazing book!! 7mo
Litlady I broke the page 70 mark and this packs quite a punch! It‘s making me re-think how exploitive inner city housing is. Definitely deserving of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. Can‘t wait to finish and discuss! I hate it when work gets in the way! Ack!! 🤗📚 6mo
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Total books read: 4
Ebooks: 2
Physical books: 2
Borrowed: 2
#booked2019: 0
#seriesread: 0
#friendrecchallenge: 1

Average rating: 3.5 stars

#JuneStats #JuneWrapUp

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A great month! I liked American Gods & seasons 1 of the TV series was well done. Haven't seen season 2 yet. 💖📖💖 7mo
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Exbrarian I thought it was incredibly well done. 7mo
ambam1987 I'm currently reading Burn Baby Burn (YA) it was St. Paul's Read Brave selection this year, and Evicted was a recommended adult title/read alike. Going to have to add this one to my stack! 6mo
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This gets an easy five stars from me. Everything is so well written and researched, and I really liked the narrative format. I‘d highly recommend it.

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

CouronneDhiver Agree! 7mo
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Book club tonight. As expected my fellow public housing staff did not anticipate a universal housing voucher system to be a solution with results. On the other hand we‘ve brainstormed lots of actions to try to decrease our evictions.
For next month‘s selection, we‘re off to the City of Lights with Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff.

xxjenadanxx The Lost Girls of Paris was really good! 7mo
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megnews
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Nothing in this book surprised me and I have mixed feelings. As a former public housing manager, now administrator, I have been the one reaching to the car seat next to me for an eviction notice. No one likes to evict a person with disabilities, children, or anyone. I‘ve seen a majority of people not show up for court even when I plead with them to turn in keys beforehand so they don‘t have an eviction on their record. 🔽

megnews I‘ve asked the magistrate to continue cases owing 1/3 a year‘s rent til that tax refund comes. And I‘ve seen possessions, children‘s toys, framed photos put to the curb when left behind. I‘ve heard all the reasons for non-payment, Christmas,back to school, child‘s birthday, helping family pay for a funeral. I‘ve discouraged people from exploitative payday loans, working with them til the next pay. 8mo
megnews “Under conditions of scarcity people prioritize the now and lose sight of the future, often at great cost... they tried to survive in color, to season the suffering with pleasure. They would get a little high or have a drink or do a bit of gambling or acquire a television... 8mo
megnews .. Poverty could pile on; living it often meant steering through gnarled thickets of interconnected misfortunes and trying not to go crazy. There were moments of calm, but life on balance was facing one crisis after another.” (edited) 8mo
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megnews Like Desmond, I‘ve learned “to tell a real crisis from mere poverty. I learned that behavior that looks lazy or withdrawn to someone perched far above the poverty line can actually be a pacing technique. People like Crystal or Larraine cannot afford to give all their energy to today‘s emergency only to have none left over for tomorrow‘s.” 8mo
megnews I‘ve seen all the same things in suburbs even when rent & utilities are 30% adjusted income so it‘s difficult for me to be convinced that a universal voucher system will be an effective solution with significant results. I agree with the author. “A thousand questions remain unanswered.” 8mo
megnews This book motivated me to do some further research on our eviction stats starting tomorrow to concentrate our social service dept‘s efforts, as our goal is always to reduce evictions. As we like to say, we are in the housing business not the eviction business. I can‘t wait to hear the thoughts of my book club of fellow public housing staff this Friday. (edited) 8mo
RachelO Thanks for sharing your perspective- really interesting to hear. 8mo
Crazeedi Such a difficult process, I wouldn't want to have to do, but dont people all have fancy phones and satellite or Netflix, etc. But cant pay their rent? Hard to understand, our society helps in many ways, but also I know how hard it is to navigate the system. No easy answers 8mo
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My book club met tonight and chose this 2017 Pulitzer winner to discuss in 3 weeks. Most of us are or have been Public Housing managers, social workers, or administrators so we thought this an important read. I‘m definitely looking forward to a great discussion.

Tamra What a phenomenal one to discuss! 8mo
Leftcoastzen Was a very impactful read for me. 8mo
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Exbrarian
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Fantastic book! if you have any interest in sociology, or social justice in general, then this is serious food for thought. A pleasure to read even though it is uncomfortable material.

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Comics. Nonfiction. Middle grade fiction. Translated works. Talking cats. Fearless women. Winged beings. A remorseful assassin. Musicians. Los Angeles in the 70s. Drugs and more drugs. Evictions. Racism. Sexism. Determination and optimism.
Whether fictional or real-life, so many of these reads have made me hopeful, made me angry, made me cry, made me stressed out, and opened my eyes to new ideas and realities I didn‘t know about

Crazeedi Woe! Great job! Very diverse reads! 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Impressive! 📖💖 9mo
Megabooks You‘ve got some great ones there!! 9mo
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Wow. This was eye opening. It should be required reading. The affordable housing crisis is a serious problem. I read this for the now defunct #SocialAwarenessBookClub, and I am so glad that is did.

#SABC #27of65 #audiobook

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My Libby hold came in. #currentlylistening

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This book. Wow. I‘m captivated. I‘m exasperated. I‘m really pissed with the landlords. I‘m sad that the difference between security and poverty seems so razor thin.

I‘m about 40% through, and feel I can recommend this read to anyone like me who is late to the game.

vivastory Agreed. Rental regulations & renter's rights need to enter into the public policy debates. 9mo
RedbagReadbooks Amazing book. Read or listened x3. Always find something new each time that makes you think. 9mo
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Macnjen
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Audiobook . Good narration, interesting study of landlords and tenants and the shared responsibility of evictions in Milwaukee. Eye opening narrative following several different stories and how the eviction situation is part of a viscous circle.

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And Evicted has become the first (and hopefully only) casualty of the #holdalanche. I had four holds come in within two days of each other and I officially can‘t keep up. I was looking forward to reading Evicted, but since (unlike the other three) it has a short wait list and I‘m not sure if the #SABC group I was reading it for is even a thing anymore, I‘ve decided to return it for now and check it out again another time.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a good book, but yes, we‘ve all been there...there‘s the will, but just no physical way. 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa What‘s the SABC by the way? 10mo
shadowspeak17 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m glad to hear it‘s good. 😊 I‘m looking forward to reading it after I get through all these other holds. The SABC is the social awareness book club. The idea started here on Litsy and moved over to Goodreads, but the group appears to be gone now. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @shadowspeak17 well if it picks back, I‘m interested. Sounds very good. 10mo
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This book is so good and I‘m learning a lot about evictions. My brother and his girlfriend is being evicted in one month and his girlfriend has attempted suicide twice since learning they will be homeless. It‘s very difficult to find affordable housing in the Twin Cities area. Being evicted creates a lot of stress and even I‘m feeling the effects of it and I‘m not being evicted. So hard.

WanderingBookaneer I‘m so sorry you (plural) are going through this. 10mo
Lcsmcat 💔 I‘m so sorry for your family! 10mo
Booksnob @WanderingBookaneer @Lcsmcat Thank you. We will get through it. 10mo
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sarahbarnes
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Desmond does groundbreaking work to show the impacts of housing security on poverty and vice versa, and he combines stories with data to illustrate how systems and policies work as they‘re designed to keep the power structure intact. He offers solutions, too; there is evidence to show what works to lift families out of poverty and ensure access to stable housing, if we have the political will to do so.

SamAnne #sarahbarnes I‘ve been contemplating reading this and your review has convinced me. 10mo
Lindy @SamAnne It should be required reading. So important. 10mo
sarahbarnes @Lindy agreed. @SamAnne it had been on my list for awhile, too, and it‘s definitely an outstanding book. 10mo
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A very complicated and eye-opening book about poverty in America. Unsettling to think that this is still a very real and heartbreaking issue today.

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I had no idea about this eviction culture. & here‘s where my privilege shows, I am one who has always thought people who were being evicted were guilty of bad decision making & trying to live above their means, @ the least. I was wrong & it‘s a lot more complicated. I don‘t know where we need to start to change the system, but we need to start somewhere. If you, like I, are uneducated about this issue, read this book now (& it is highly readable).

Blaire I need to get to this one! I got it for my husband as a gift last year. 10mo
Redjewel_7734 It really is eye-opening & very readable 😊 10mo
Suet624 Thank you for sharing that you were uninformed about the issue and suggesting that others might want to learn more about it. 10mo
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I had a long drive to and from a work event today, so I made some progress on this audiobook. It‘s an excellent portrayal of the systemic and structural barriers to housing and economic security faced by some families. We must do better.

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Being sick turns me into a whiny ball of snot - I‘ve lacked the energy to read for the last week and finally realized it‘s because I‘ve been sick 😂 But audiobooks to the rescue! Listening to this makes me really angry at the system but so grateful that I‘ve never had to worry about having a roof over my head or food in my belly.

Reggie Omg, the part about being punished for calling 911 put me over the edge!!!🤬 11mo
BooksAtNight @Reggie So much of this book makes me angry. But yes, that part especially 🤯 I also got really angry at hearing how some landlords don‘t take applicants with children; just 🤬 11mo
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megnews
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Can I play along late? I always mean to do challenges and then miss them!

#Seasonsoflove =Rent=

Evicted has been on my tbr for awhile. My new #bookclub and I all work in public housing so I think I‘m going to recommend this as a selection.

#musicalnewyear

Cinfhen Always happy to have a friend join in ♥️ 12mo
megnews @Cinfhen thanks! 12mo
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One of the most important nf books I read last year; chronicling the hopeless situations, that too many individuals & families, find themselves trapped in due to evictions. Although he focused on Milwaukee, Desmond makes it clear that the situation is representative of urban poor across America. Rental regulations are overdue & new measures to address the crisis should be discussed & debated with the same attention as other public policy issues.

Reggie Ughhh that whole section about getting evicted for fines incurred for dialing 911. It pissed me off so much. But I did like his proposed solutions to help the situations near the end of the book. 12mo
Cinfhen Oh wow, I never knew that @Reggie I thought dialing 999 was free!!!! 12mo
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Reggie @Cinfhen not in Milwaukee. If your tenants called 911 more than 3 times the landlord got fined in the thousands. The landlord had written a letter back saying she had talked to the tenant who had called because she heard her neighbor getting beat up by her boyfriend. The police said no dice and it wasn‘t until she proved that she evicted them that they dropped the fines. The woman who called was a single mother with 2 kids. WTH?!!!! 12mo
Cinfhen What???? That‘s horrible!! I potentially see how someone who uses 911 as a personal service should be fined but a neighbor calling to report a crime!?!? It goes against everything we‘ve been taught as concerned citizens @reggie 😡 (edited) 12mo
Suet624 One of the things that Bernie Sanders did In Burlington when he was mayor was work on affordable housing. Burlington is now an example of how to provide housing and home ownership to low income residents. 12mo
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First: As a society, we are majorly screwed up. (I think this is a known fact but I wanted to reiterate it.)

Second: All of the landlords (slumlords) in this book should be in jail.

Third: All of the children depicted in this book need hugs, food, support and love immediately.

Fourth: Our welfare system ticks me off. And so do the people who try and scam the system.

Lastly: This should be required reading.

#Booked2019 #RelatedtoaPodcast

Cinfhen Thanks for that powerful and succinct review!!! 12mo
4thhouseontheleft This book is really popular amongst social justice groups where I live, I really need to get around to reading it! 12mo
marshallgal81 @Cinfhen so glad I chose this one for the podcast prompt! This is one that will stay with me for a long time. 12mo
marshallgal81 @4thhouseontheleft I can only imagine what the state of Wisconsin thought when this came out, especially Milwaukee. I‘m hoping he does a follow up book letting us know if any changes came from this and what happened to those depicted. 12mo
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marshallgal81

This book should be required reading.

It definitely has me checking my privilege at the door.

#Booked2019 #RelatedtoaPodcast prompt

4thhouseontheleft I‘ve heard so many great things about this book! 12mo
marshallgal81 @4thhouseontheleft 60+ pages in and I think it should be required reading for everyone. Highly recommend! 12mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard this book is a must read. Can‘t wait to hear your final opinion 12mo
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marshallgal81
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Next up for #Booked2019 reading challenge is Evicted. This one is for the #RelatedtoaPodcast prompt and another book that I‘ve been meaning to read forever!

#PodcastRelated

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Exbrarian
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In keeping with re-examining my relationship with books I‘m giving Audible another try. Audio books are decidedly NOT my jam. This book was in progress when 2019 began, but I‘m new to tracking so I‘m adding all of my in progress books today.

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mgeorgevich
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Great narratives used to demonstrate larger problems. The book is a great introduction to issues with market housing in poor neighborhoods.

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Probably my most recommended book I read this year. I learned so much from this book. It opened my eyes to one aspect of the cycle of poverty. #audiobook #mustread

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“The harder feat for any fieldworker is not getting in; it‘s leaving. And the more difficult ethical dilemma is not how to respond when asked to help but how to respond when you are given so much. I have been blessed by countless acts of generosity from the people I met it Miwaukee. Each one reminds me how gracefully they refuse to be reduced to their hardships. Poverty has not prevailed against their deep humanity.”

This is an important book.

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A nonfiction account of extreme poverty and economic exploitation in the neighborhoods and housing markets of Milwaukee, with a broader analysis of what it means for the country as a whole. Definitely recommend. 4/5 stars

Emilymdxn I loved this book! 14mo
Amiable @Emilymdxn It was so good, I know! 14mo
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Dietz123
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This book is a balanced look at the dilemma of affordable housing. The author keeps it interesting with stories from his subjects. He does a great job of laying out the facts, and also solutions.

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I am determined to finish this book tonight to include it in my October read list.

mdhughes72 Psst — you have one more week! 1y
MsLeah8417 @mdhughes72 : it‘s not about the days left it‘s about the hours in those days I will be able to read. October has been extremely hectic. 1y
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I‘m not surprised by anything i heard in this book, but that doesn‘t make it any easier to hear. Poverty in this country is a serious problem. Many people live paycheck to paycheck, and don‘t make enough to be able to pay rent and take care of their families.

The writing and narrative are both excellent. If you‘re into audiobooks and nonfiction, I‘d recommend this.

tracey38 That's so true. And so sad. 1y
Aimeesue Such a great book about a terrible thing. I saw Desmond at the National Book Festival 2 years ago talking about this one. He's the real deal. 1y
Emilymdxn This was an amazingly written book, I admire the writer so much 1y
RedbagReadbooks This book was wonderful. I have to agree with previous comments that the author was amazing to do the ethnographic research for this book. Definitely one that can be read over and over again. 1y
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