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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City | Matthew Desmond
"New York Times "Bestseller 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 don t 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 America s vast inequality and to people s 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."
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This book was eye opening. I had no idea how serious and widespread this issue was. Parts of this book were heart wrenching and parts were infuriating, but I learned so much. This should be required reading for everyone in the US.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I completely agree! I felt the same way when I read it! 4d
RaimeyGallant Stacking. 4d
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Kathrin This book was an eye-opener for me. 5d
laurenslibrary @BarbaraBB That one is on my TBR too! 5d
BarbaraBB Very confronting even though I don‘t live in the US! 5d
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Unreal.

CouronneDhiver Really solid book ... I found it extremely interesting (in a 😳 kind of way) 5d
Exbrarian I read this recently, and I thought it was excellent work about a timely and awful topic. 5d
laurenslibrary @CouronneDhiver @Exbrarian I had no idea it was this bad. I'm appalled but I'm glad I know. 5d
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Follow @SocialAwarenessBookClub if you'd like to participate!
#SABC

MallenNC I loved this book. It was so eye-opening. 1w
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SocialAwarenessBookClub
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❤ Lauren

Caterina Loved this book when I read it in 2016! ❤️ 1w
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laurenslibrary
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#sundayvibes Yes I'm aware of how full that glass is, its been a weird week!

BookwormAHN Enjoy and relax 🌸 1w
BlameJennyJane Nothing wrong with a heavy pour! Cheers! 🍷 1w
SaturnDoo Sorry but I couldn't help but notice that shower curtain ❤❤❤ I really like it. I hope you enjoyed that bath!!!! 🤗🤗🤗 6d
laurenslibrary @SaturnDoo Thank you! I believe I found it on Amazon! 6d
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laurenslibrary
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83 degrees is a little hot for me to walk outside! I walked a mile on my treadmill instead. Views aren't as good, but I got to catch up on the physical book I'm reading!

Crazeedi I like your room! 1w
laurenslibrary @Crazeedi Thanks! Its actually my basement. We finished it last year. 😊 1w
Crazeedi @laurenslibrary nice job, wish I had a basement worthy of refinishing! Sadly its cement and dirt a just 6 ft ceilings, old farmhouse basement. Enjoy! 1w
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laurenslibrary
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1. Finishing up The Flatshare and then I'm going to focus on Evicted for @SocialAwarenessBookClub
2. Game of Thrones
3. Good Omens

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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megnews
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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! 2w
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Welcome to the new Litsy hosted #SABC ! I'm excited to try something new for the group and look forward to having you all! The book pick for June is Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Discussion will be on June 30th with prompts going up around 12pm EST. I look forward to seeing everyone there!
❤ Lauren

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laurenslibrary
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I'm having trouble deciding how I want to move forward with the #SABC regarding where to host and how to format discussions.
I would love to hear what you guys think, even if you haven't joined. (Maybe some changes could get you involved?) If you have time, please take this short survey and help me out!
https://bit.ly/2KzqXtx

Clare-Dragonfly I filled out the survey—I probably would participate if it were on Litsy! 2w
laurenslibrary @Clare-Dragonfly Thank you! I think that is the route I'm going to go 😁 2w
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Page 4 and I'm already depressed. My grandparents grew up in a world where people stuck up for each other. I live in a world where people think things like evictions are funny and poor people "deserve it." ?

Reggie Wait until you get to the part where they call 911 more than 3 times. 2w
Reggie This book infuriated me. 2w
laurenslibrary @Reggie I'm less than 100 pages in and I'm already infuriated. I really can't handle the thought of kids being put out. It makes me want to smack someone with the book. 2w
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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. 2w
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... 2w
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) 2w
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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.” 2w
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.” 2w
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) 2w
RachelO Thanks for sharing your perspective- really interesting to hear. 2w
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 2w
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laurenslibrary
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The poll for our July #SABC group read is officially up! Follow the link to join us and vote!
bit.ly/2W6c88u
Reminder: The group read for June is Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Discussion boards are up and all are welcome to read and join in! ✊🏼

megnews I just finished this for my book club so I‘ll try to join. 3w
laurenslibrary @megnews Yay! We are glad to have you 3w
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I'm happy to announce the rebirth of my Social Awareness Book Club! This is a GR bookclub where we vote on and then discuss nonfiction books regarding current social and political issues! This month's group read will be Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond!
All are welcome! Please follow the link to join us:
bit.ly/2W6c88u

Emilymdxn @moll thought you might find this interesting! 3w
Jennifer3 @laurenslibrary I am so glad it had a rebirth!!! I was so sad when I couldn‘t find it on GR and I kept wondering what happened! 3w
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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! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Was a very impactful read for me. 1mo
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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! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Impressive! 📖💖 2mo
Megabooks You‘ve got some great ones there!! 2mo
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Literaturenut
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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. 2mo
RedbagReadbooks Amazing book. Read or listened x3. Always find something new each time that makes you think. 2mo
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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. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa What‘s the SABC by the way? 3mo
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. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @shadowspeak17 well if it picks back, I‘m interested. Sounds very good. 3mo
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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. 3mo
Lcsmcat 💔 I‘m so sorry for your family! 3mo
Booksnob @WanderingBookaneer @Lcsmcat Thank you. We will get through it. 3mo
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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. 3mo
Lindy @SamAnne It should be required reading. So important. 3mo
sarahbarnes @Lindy agreed. @SamAnne it had been on my list for awhile, too, and it‘s definitely an outstanding book. 3mo
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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. 3mo
Redjewel_7734 It really is eye-opening & very readable 😊 3mo
Suet624 Thank you for sharing that you were uninformed about the issue and suggesting that others might want to learn more about it. 3mo
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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!!!🤬 4mo
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 🤬 4mo
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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 ♥️ 5mo
megnews @Cinfhen thanks! 5mo
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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. 5mo
Cinfhen Oh wow, I never knew that @Reggie I thought dialing 999 was free!!!! 5mo
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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?!!!! 5mo
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) 5mo
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. 5mo
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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!!! 5mo
4thhouseontheleft This book is really popular amongst social justice groups where I live, I really need to get around to reading it! 5mo
marshallgal81 @Cinfhen so glad I chose this one for the podcast prompt! This is one that will stay with me for a long time. 5mo
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. 5mo
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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! 5mo
marshallgal81 @4thhouseontheleft 60+ pages in and I think it should be required reading for everyone. Highly recommend! 5mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard this book is a must read. Can‘t wait to hear your final opinion 5mo
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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! 7mo
Amiable @Emilymdxn It was so good, I know! 7mo
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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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MsLeah8417

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

mdhughes72 Psst — you have one more week! 8mo
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. 8mo
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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. 8mo
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. 8mo
Emilymdxn This was an amazingly written book, I admire the writer so much 8mo
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. 7mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ethnographer Matthew Desmond takes an intricate look at poverty in the US by focusing on 8 Milwaukee families and their struggles to survive and provide. Having lived near Milwaukee for a few years – though in a fairly affluent suburb – I am familiar with the areas discussed; areas we were told to stay away from. This book opened my eyes and broke my heart. Desmond‘s research is thorough and insightful. How he obtained it blew me away.

britt_brooke @MallenNC Thank you for sending this to me! 8mo
Notafraidofwords Me him in person and loved him. He‘s cute too. 8mo
britt_brooke @Notafraidofwords Jealous! (I googled him, you‘re right. ☺️) 8mo
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PacingTheCage This was an enjoyable book about a depressing topic. My eyes were opened a bit for sure 8mo
Wife Great Book!🌹 8mo
CouronneDhiver I agree! Totally recommend 8mo
Notafraidofwords @britt_brooke i like that he offers solutions. I was born and raised in Newark, nj and I saw time and time again how addiction and domestic abuse were all part of the same cycle that left women with children in the streets. 8mo
britt_brooke @Notafraidofwords The epilogue is one of the best I‘ve ever read. His solutions are well-thought out and make sense. The fact that he immersed himself with these families was amazing. 8mo
britt_brooke @dltpacngthecage @Wife @CouronneDhiver It‘s not one I‘ll soon forget. 8mo
violabrain This book is amazing! I saw him speak last year soon after I finished the book and found him really inspiring. 8mo
peaknit I am 20 minutes south of Madison, this was very eye opening. Such a vicious cycle of poverty. But well done eye opening book! 8mo
Tamra This was an educational reading experience. 8mo
MallenNC @britt_brooke You are so welcome! I am thrilled that you liked it as much as I did. It was eye-opening for me too. 8mo
Hooked_on_books Gosh, I just loved this one. (edited) 8mo
britt_brooke @peaknit @Tamra @Hooked_on_books It‘s one that will stick with me forever. 8mo
britt_brooke @MallenNC It‘s one that will stick with me for sure. 8mo
Reviewsbylola Such a phenomenal book. It really opened my eyes but it doesn‘t provide any easy answers. 8mo
mdhughes72 I teach this book to both traditional aged students and adults. Not one of them has said it hasn‘t affected them. 8mo
britt_brooke @mdhughes72 That‘s fantastic! It‘s such a difficult subject to confront, but important to try to understand. 8mo
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Bookdragon69
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How can you feel sorry for people on one hand but then say, ugh why, on the other? This book points out major problems in the poor and housing. There is no easy fix and my heart hurts to know in the end it is the children who suffer the most. And those children grow up to be some very disenchanted adults.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

This was everything I would hope for and more from a Pulitzer prize winner. A cataclysmic expose of the affordable housing crisis and grinding poverty in the United States.

I was unprepared for how emotionally draining this book would be, and this is a testament to how empathetically he writes about these Dickensian-characters. A startling achievement for non-fiction.

A top reads of 2018, it has made an indelible impression on me

Redheadrambles #Readharder2018 - Book of social science 9mo
Redwritinghood Glad you enjoyed it so much. I read it last year and it is eye-opening and sad. 9mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood it‘s just so good I am finding it hard to move on now 9mo
ClairesReads Great review as always friend! I‘m looking forward to reading this even more now. 9mo
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I got to see Desmond talk tonight at an event through the Building Museum here in dc. His presentation was amazing. Such an eloquent speaker. You could tell he really cares about the subject matter. And he is full of interesting statistics and ideas.

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