Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Paperback)

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If you think your landlord is screwing you, they are. Evicted shows how. The book itself is a novelistic account of the lives of people often ignored by literature, and Desmond is such a great writer that this falls in the realm of Between the World and Me, non-fiction that is unignorable on the level of craft. During this election cycle we have bemoaned the decisions we believe are made by people in trailer parks, without any deeper understanding of their plight. Republicans use violence in impoverished communities as a knee-jerk response to questions of gun control, without rhetorically attaching that violence to the the poverty endemic in these neighborhoods. Evicted is a plea for empathy with the impoverished. It may feel difficult to read about subjects like this right now, but refusing to do so comes at a real human cost.

— From James

Given the rise of inequality, rent and racial homogeneity in the Seattle area, Desmond's Milwaukee narratives aren't far off from the bleak housing experience thousands have in Seattle on a daily basis. 

A  must read if you enjoy being dailed into reality. 

— From Garrett

If you think your landlord is screwing you, they are. Evicted shows how. The book itself is a novelistic account of the lives of people often ignored by literature, and Desmond is such a great writer that this falls in the realm of Between the World and Me, non-fiction that is unignorable on the level of craft. During this election cycle we have bemoaned the decisions we believe are made by people in trailer parks, without any deeper understanding of their plight. Republicans use violence in impoverished communities as a knee-jerk response to questions of gun control, without rhetorically attaching that violence to the the poverty endemic in these neighborhoods. Evicted is a plea for empathy with the impoverished. It may feel difficult to read about subjects like this right now, but refusing to do so comes at a real human cost.

-- James

— From RAVENNA - Book Club - Evicted by Matthew Desmond

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WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION

In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as "wrenching and revelatory" (The Nation), "vivid and unsettling" (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America's most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION - WINNER OF THE PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION - WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION - FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE - WINNER OF THE 2017 HILLMAN PRIZE FOR BOOK JOURNALISM - WINNER OF THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE HEARTLAND PRIZE

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New York Times Book Review - The Boston Globe - The Washington Post - NPR - Entertainment Weekly - The New Yorker - Bloomberg - Esquire - Buzzfeed - Fortune - San Francisco Chronicle - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Politico - The Week - Bookpage - Kirkus Reviews - Amazon - Barnes and Noble Review - Apple - Library Journal - Chicago Public Library - Publishers Weekly - Booklist - Shelf Awareness

About the Author


Matthew Desmond is a professor of sociology at Princeton University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. The principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond's research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. He is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, Desmond was listed in 2016 among the Politico 50, as one of "fifty people across the country who are most influencing the national political debate."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553447453
ISBN-10: 0553447459
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 448
Language: English