Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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Author: Matthew Desmond

Publisher: Broadway Books (2017)

In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each 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 twenty-first-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. 

Evicted stands among the very best of the social justice books.”

–Ann Patchett

“Gripping and moving—tragic, too.”

–Jesmyn Ward

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

Winner of the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism

Winner of the PEN/New England Award