Poverty and Profit in the American City
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.07 hours)
Product Number: Z100099262
Released: Mar 01, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780147526809
Narrator/s: Dion Graham
Publisher: Books on Tape
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WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE GENERAL NON-FICTION 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 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. 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 | 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

Author(s): Matthew Desmond
Awards:2017-NonFiction-Winner-Andrew Carnegie Medal,
New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Mar 01, 2016

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Author(s): Matthew Desmond
Product Number EB00614335
Released: Mar 01, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: #9780553447446

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"Narrator Dion Graham brings to life the struggles, frustration, and tragedies of the impoverished in an audiobook that explores life at the margins of shelter. Desmond examines the legal, financial, social, and emotional burdens suffered by those who rent in the poorest neighborhoods of the nation's cities. Graham solemnly narrates Desmond's prose and breathes life into the different people presented throughout the book. He never gives in to vocal caricature, though, given Desmond's descriptions, opportunities are abundant. Graham executes a balancing act of tone and emphasis that shifts among legalese, Desmond's observations, eclectic speaking styles, and the oppressive nature of the topic itself, which is often expressed in sentence fragments and asides throughout the writing. L.E. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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