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Evicted, Book Review

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Poverty and Profit in the American City

About the Book:  In Evicted, Harvard 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

My Thoughts: When I saw all the awards that this book had gotten I immediately wanted to review it so I was very glad the publisher sent it to me to do so. However when I saw who was giving it the awards (I won’t name names) I was more doubtful. I was impressed that the book managed to keep anyone from really looking like a villain and I found so many of the stories touched me. However I did see the book as a little repetitive. Overall if this is your first time reading an ethnography then you’ll probably enjoy it but there are better ones out there.

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