Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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" Evicted" is a striking account of a severe and rapidly developing form of economic hardship in the U.S.Matthew Desmond s riveting narrative of the experiences of families in Milwaukee embroiled in the process of eviction will not only shock general readers, it will broaden the perspective of experts on urban poverty as well.This powerful, well-written book also includes revealing portraits of profit-seeking landlords, as well as important findings from comprehensive surveys to back up the ethnographic research."Evicted" is that rare book that both enlightens and serves as an urgent call for action.
William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University"

"This is an extraordinary and crucial piece of work. Read it. Please, read it.
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of "Random Family"
" Evicted" is a striking account of a severe and rapidly developing form of economic hardship in the U.S.Matthew Desmond s riveting narrative of the experiences of families in Milwaukee embroiled in the process of eviction will not only shock general readers, but it will broaden the perspective of experts on urban poverty as well.This powerful, well-written book also includes revealing portraits of profit-seeking landlords, as well as important findings from comprehensive surveys to back up the ethnographic research."Evicted" is that rare book that both enlightens and serves as an urgent call for action.
William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University, and author of "When Work Disappears"
"This sensitive, achingly beautiful ethnography should refocus our understanding of poverty in America on the simple challenge of keeping a roof over your head."
Robert D. Putnam, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard, and author of "Bowling Alone "and"Our Kids""

A groundbreaking work Desmond delivers a gripping, novelistic narrative This stunning, remarkable book a scholar s 21st-century "How the Other Half Lives" demands a wide audience.
"Kirkus Reviews "(starred)
Gripping storytelling and meticulous research undergird this outstanding ethnographic study Desmond identifies affordable housing as a leading social justice issue of our time and offers concrete solutions to the crisis.
"Publishers Weekly "(starred)
"Highly recommended."
"Library Journal "(starred)
"It s hard to paint a slumlord as a sympathetic character, but Harvard professor Desmond manages to do so in this compelling look at home evictions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of America s most segregated cities... [Desmond] does a marvelous job telling these harrowing stories of people who find themselves in bad situations, shining a light on how eviction sets people up to fail... This is essential reading.
"Booklist "(starred)
" Evicted" is astonishing a masterpiece of writing and research that fills a tremendous gap in our understanding of poverty. Taking us into some of America s poorest neighborhoods, Desmond illustrates how eviction leads to a cascade of events, often triggered by something as simple as a child throwing a snowball at a car, that can trap families in a cycle of poverty for years.Beautiful, harrowing, and deeply human, "Evicted" is a must read for anyone who cares about social justice in this country. I loved it.
Rebecca Skloot, author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
This story is about one of the most basic human needs a roof overhead and yet Matthew Desmond has told it in sweeping, immersive, heartbreaking fashion. We enter the lives of both renters and landlords at shoulder height, experiencing their triumphs, struggles, cruelty, kindness, loss, and love. One hopes that "Evicted" will change public policy. It will certainly change how people respond to the world and those who inhabit it.
Jeff Hobbs, author of "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
""This sensitive, achingly beautiful ethnography should refocus our understanding of poverty in America on the simple challenge of keeping a roof over your head."
Robert D. Putnam, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University, and author of"Bowling Alone"and"Our Kids"
"This is an extraordinary and crucial piece of work. Read it. Please, read it.
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of "Random Family
" Matthew Desmond tells stories of people at their most vulnerable. The characters that populate this lyrical book, many of whom are women and children, are our true American heroes, showing great courage and mythic strength against forces that are much larger than the individual. Their stories are gripping and moving tragic, too. It s a wonder and a shame that here, in the most prosperous country in the world, a roof over one s head can be elusive for so many. "
" Jesmyn Ward, author of"Men We Reaped"and"Salvage the Bones"
" Evicted" is a striking account of a severe and rapidly developing form of economic hardship in the U.S.Matthew Desmond s riveting narrative of the experiences of families in Milwaukee embroiled in the process of eviction will not only shock general readers, but it will broaden the perspective of experts on urban poverty as well.This powerful, well-written book also includes revealing portraits of profit-seeking landlords, as well as important findings from comprehensive surveys to back up the ethnographic research."Evicted" is that rare book that both enlightens and serves as an urgent call for action.
William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University, and author of "When Work Disappears""

Written with the vividness of a novel, ["Evicted"] offers a dark mirror of middle-class America s obsession with real estate, laying bare the workings of the low end of the market, where evictions have become just another part of an often lucrative business model.
Jennifer Schuessler, "New York Times"
Powerful, monstrously effective ["Evicted"] documents with impressive steadiness of purpose and command of detail the lives of impoverished renters at the bottom of Milwaukee s housing market In describing the plight of these people, Desmond reveals the confluence of seemingly unrelated forces that have conspired to create a thoroughly humiliated class of the almost or soon-to-be homeless But the power of this book abides in the indelible impression left by its stories.
Jill Leovy, "The American Scholar"
A groundbreaking work Desmond delivers a gripping, novelistic narrative This stunning, remarkable book a scholar s 21st-century "How the Other Half Lives" demands a wide audience.
"Kirkus Reviews "(starred)
Gripping storytelling and meticulous research undergird this outstanding ethnographic study Desmond identifies affordable housing as a leading social justice issue of our time and offers concrete solutions to the crisis.
"Publishers Weekly "(starred)
"Highly recommended."
"Library Journal "(starred)
"It s hard to paint a slumlord as a sympathetic character, but Harvard professor Desmond manages to do so in this compelling look at home evictions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of America s most segregated cities... [Desmond] does a marvelous job telling these harrowing stories of people who find themselves in bad situations, shining a light on how eviction sets people up to fail... This is essential reading.
"Booklist "(starred)
" Evicted" is astonishing a masterpiece of writing and research that fills a tremendous gap in our understanding of poverty. Taking us into some of America s poorest neighborhoods, Desmond illustrates how eviction leads to a cascade of events, often triggered by something as simple as a child throwing a snowball at a car, that can trap families in a cycle of poverty for years.Beautiful, harrowing, and deeply human, "Evicted" is a must read for anyone who cares about social justice in this country. I loved it.
Rebecca Skloot, author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
This story is about one of the most basic human needs a roof overhead and yet Matthew Desmond has told it in sweeping, immersive, heartbreaking fashion. We enter the lives of both renters and landlords at shoulder height, experiencing their triumphs, struggles, cruelty, kindness, loss, and love. One hopes that "Evicted" will change public policy. It will certainly change how people respond to the world and those who inhabit it.
Jeff Hobbs, author of "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
""This sensitive, achingly beautiful ethnography should refocus our understanding of poverty in America on the simple challenge of keeping a roof over your head."
Robert D. Putnam, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University, and author of"Bowling Alone"and"Our Kids"
"This is an extraordinary and crucial piece of work. Read it. Please, read it.
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of "Random Family
" Matthew Desmond tells stories of people at their most vulnerable. The characters that populate this lyrical book, many of whom are women and children, are our true American heroes, showing great courage and mythic strength against forces that are much larger than the individual. Their stories are gripping and moving tragic, too. It s a wonder and a shame that here, in the most prosperous country in the world, a roof over one s head can be elusive for so many. "
" Jesmyn Ward, author of"Men We Reaped"and"Salvage the Bones"
" Evicted" is a striking account of a severe and rapidly developing form of economic hardship in the U.S.Matthew Desmond s riveting narrative of the experiences of families in Milwaukee embroiled in the process of eviction will not only shock general readers, but it will broaden the perspective of experts on urban poverty as well.This powerful, well-written book also includes revealing portraits of profit-seeking landlords, as well as important findings from comprehensive surveys to back up the ethnographic research."Evicted" is that rare book that both enlightens and serves as an urgent call for action.
William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University, and author of "When Work Disappears""

A "New York Times "Editors' Choice
One of "Wall Street Journal"'s Hottest Spring Nonfiction Books
One of "Vulture"'s 8 Books You Need to Read This Month
An exhaustively researched, vividly realized and above all, unignorable book after "Evicted," it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing.
Jennifer Senior, "New York Times"
"Astonishing...Desmond is an academic who teaches at Harvard a sociologist or, you could say, an ethnographer. But I would like to claim him as a journalist too, and one who, like Katherine Boo in her study of a Mumbai slum, has set a new standard for reporting on poverty."
Barbara Ehrenreich, "New York Times Book Review"
Written with the vividness of a novel, ["Evicted"] offers a dark mirror of middle-class America s obsession with real estate, laying bare the workings of the low end of the market, where evictions have become just another part of an often lucrative business model.
Jennifer Schuessler, "New York Times
""It doesn't happen every week (or every month, or even year), but every once in a while a book comes along that changes the national conversation... "Evicted" looks to be one of those books."
Pamela Paul, editor of the "New York Times Book Review
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Thank you, Matthew Desmond. Thank you for writing about destitution in America with astonishing specificity yet without voyeurism or judgment. Thank you for showing it is possible to compose spare, beautiful prose about a complicated policy problem. Thank you for giving flesh and life to our squabbles over inequality, so easily consigned to quintiles and zero-sum percentages. Thank you for proving that the struggle to keep a roof over one s head is a cause, not just a characteristic of poverty... "Evicted" is an extraordinary feat of reporting and ethnography. Desmond has made it impossible to ever again consider poverty in America without tackling the role of housing and without grappling with "Evicted."
"Washington Post"
Powerful, monstrously effective ["Evicted"] documents with impressive steadiness of purpose and command of detail the lives of impoverished renters at the bottom of Milwaukee s housing market In describing the plight of these people, Desmond reveals the confluence of seemingly unrelated forces that have conspired to create a thoroughly humiliated class of the almost or soon-to-be homeless But the power of this book abides in the indelible impression left by its stories.
Jill Leovy, "The American Scholar
" Gripping and important Desmond, a Harvard sociologist, cites plenty of statistics but it s his ethnographic gift that lends the work such force. He s one of a rare academic breed: a poverty expert who engages with the poor. His portraits are vivid and unsettling It s not easy to show desperate people using drugs or selling sex and still convey their courage and dignity."Evicted"pulls it off. "
" Jason DeParle, "New York Review of Books
" [Desmond] tells a complex, achingly powerful story There have been many well-received urban ethnographies in recent years, from Sudhir Venkatesh s "Gang Leader for a Day" to Katherine Boo s "Behind the Beautiful Forevers." Desmond s "Evicted" surely deserves to takes [its] place among these. It is an exquisitely crafted, meticulously researched exploration of life on the margins, providing a voice to people who have been shamefully ignored or, worse, demonized by opinion makers over the course of decades. "
The Boston Globe
""[An] impressive work of scholarship... novelistically detailed... As Mr. Desmond points out, eviction has been neglected by urban sociologists, so his account fills a gap. His methodology is scrupulous.""
" "Wall Street Journal
" Like Katherine Boo s "Behind the Beautiful Forevers," this brilliant book is reportage with the depth and force of fiction. Its eye-opening details and data offer a new way to look at the affordable-housing crisis, the forces that perpetuate poverty and the policies we need to fix a crazily stacked deck. "
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"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
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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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