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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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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.

Title:Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0553447432
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:418 pages
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  • Jennifer Masterson
    Apr 22, 2016

    This just won The Pulitzer! Yay! "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" is probably the most important book that I have ever read!!! If you are to read one non-fiction book this year it sh...

  • Roxane
    Dec 03, 2016

    The brutal truth of poverty in America is far more devastating than any fiction ever could be. In evicted, Matthew Desmond brings rigorous sociological research and ethnography to Milwaukee's inner ci...

  • Stephanie
    May 10, 2016

    5 stars -- Eye opening and heartbreaking account of the plight of renters living below the poverty line Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a heartbreaking sociological account of the...

  • Kelli
    Nov 26, 2016

    Whatever our way out of this mess, one thing is certain. This degree of inequality, this withdrawal of opportunity, this cold denial of basic needs, this endorsement of pointless suffering-by no Amer...

  • Carol.
    Apr 24, 2016

    It is no surprise that "Evicted" was the University Wisconsin-Madison's Go Big Red book read for 2016, a book chosen by the chancellor and worked into campus-wide discussions and events. Set in Milwau...

  • Diane
    Sep 11, 2016

    Wow, this is a powerful look at what it means to be poor in America. The book follows eight families in the Milwaukee area, all facing eviction problems. Some of the families are white, some are black...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Apr 22, 2016

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/This book? This book was . . . . Per usual when I read a good hardcover, (1) I failed to watch my children play in their baseball games an...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Mar 31, 2016

    This is definitely not Good Times I didn't realize until I read the afterward that the author of this book put himself right into the middle of the people he portrays lives. He gave them rides to look...

  • Christy
    Dec 06, 2016

    1/28/17 UPDATE: Author Roxane Gay was asked what was "the last book that made you furious?" She said: "'Evicted,' by Matthew Desmond. My God, what that book lays bare about American poverty. It is dev...

  • Dianne
    Jun 17, 2017

    What. A. Goat. Rodeo.Super interesting and frustrating and appalling and unbelievable and believable and terrifying and infuriating and heartbreaking and......well, you get the idea. The first part of...