AuthorMatthew Desmond
ImprintMatthew Desmond Ltd
Sales rank4.5


New York Times BestsellerFrom 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 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 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 From the Hardcover edition.


Jennifer Masterson

Evicted By Matthew Desmond

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 should probably be this book This should be required reading in high school I learned about poverty and poor r... (Sign in to see more)


Evicted By Matthew Desmond

The brutal truth of poverty in America is far devastating than any fiction ever could be In evicted, Matthew Desmond brings rigorous sociological research and ethnography to Milwaukee s inner city This book is painful and necessary and eye opening I am ashamed of how little I knew about poverty and... (Sign in to see more)


Evicted By Matthew Desmond

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 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it examines the lives of a number of people who deal with eviction and the property own... (Sign in to see more)


Evicted By Matthew Desmond

I recalled that last year that 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 devastating and infuriating and a necessary read So true I continue to think this book says oodle... (Sign in to see more)


Evicted By Matthew Desmond

Many thanks to my local friend Cindy for putting this book in my hands WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE Sherrena and Quentin always planned their vacations so that they were back before the first the month, when their days went long with eviction notices to pass out, new moves to manage, and rents to co... (Sign in to see more)


Evicted By Matthew Desmond

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 American value is this situation justified No moral code or ethical principle, no piece of scripture or ho... (Sign in to see more)


Evicted By Matthew Desmond

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, some have children All of them struggled to pay the monthly rent, which seemed ridiculously high for... (Sign in to see more)

Kelly (and the Book Boar)

Evicted By Matthew Desmond

Find all of my reviews at book This book was Per usual when I read a good hardcover, 1 I failed to watch my children play in their baseball games and instead kept my tunnel vision pointed directly at the book and 2 the flagging of the pages happened which made all of the parents around me give me th... (Sign in to see more)

Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

Evicted By Matthew Desmond

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 for houses, he even loaned them small amounts of money at times He admits that he misses livi... (Sign in to see more)

Navidad Thelamour

Evicted By Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond s research driven prose is a dazzling work of examination and insight Within these pages, the business and culture of evictions is dissected down to the very dollars and cents that uphold this thriving industry The judicial system and the role it plays is scrutinized, and the lives o... (Sign in to see more)

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