Evicted

Evicted

Poverty and Profit in the American City

Large Print - 2017
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Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2017
Edition: A large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781432843137
1432843133
Characteristics: 687 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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scribby
May 14, 2018

This reads like a novel, but be warned. It is not the product of the author’s imagination. Made of victim’s stories in Milwaukee (“I feel dirty,” lamented the author, “collecting these stories and hardships like so many trophies.”) it could be about any city in the US. It shows the brokenness of a system that rewards for “cycling through” tenants – and it should kill those political ideas that the poor are lazy and deserve their situation. Many of the people in this book are trying to find work, or are already working two or more full-time jobs. Read this and your assumptions will be challenged, and you will want to help out.

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windchime
May 03, 2018

This Pulitzer prize winner book was filled with stories of the desperate resilience of people against poverty and hardships in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was not an easy book to read. It was a depressingly accurate reminder of profit over people. Matthew Desmond describes the underbelly of horrific living conditions that exists in America and explains how and why the cycle of evictions repeat and repeat. This book is evidence that having a decent home to live in is not a luxury, but is a necessity for the mental and physical health development of children AND adults. Some countries believe this is a human right. America is not one of them.

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agoldsby
Apr 29, 2018

I hope readers come away understanding that poor people aren't poor because they don't want to work hard. One of the many things I took away from reading this is "Poverty could pile on; living it often meant steering through gnarled thickets of interconnected misfortunes and trying not to go crazy." A part of me feels powerless because these are so many issues plaguing the country right now and the problem isn't the people, it's our laws and policies and our court systems have to change. The fact is many of us are only one tragic life event away from having to face many of the circumstances the people in the book face everyday. That realization helps to have compassion and empathy for others who have it rough. I hope this book opens someone else's eyes. In my opinion, the litmus test for nonfiction books are the end notes. For the good books I read the end notes completely and this was truly an extraordinary effort from Matthew Desmond. I'm a fan.

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DorisWaggoner
Feb 20, 2018

Desmond certainly earned his Pulitzer prize for this book on a topic he found totally ignored on housing issues in the US. Eviction, he found, defines the relationship between the landlord and the tenant, especially in those cases where the landlord is rich and the tenant is poor. He used an ethnographic case study approach to eviction in Milwaukee. His notes are often technical, and show how hard he worked to earn his dissertation. Even they are often fascinating, however, and the narrative of eight families is a page turner. I knew eviction existed but had no idea what it meant, either for landlord, or, to be more honest, for those evicted. Nor had I any idea how cruel the system is, and how it works to keep poverty entrenched, benefitting the 1%. I remember the prior president taking a similarly important book, "The Great Migration," about how after WW I, blacks fled the South for jobs in the North and West, on his first vacation in office. It's hard to imagine anybody in the current administration even knowing "Eviction" exists. Many of them, after all, are in real estate, and benefit greatly from their investments in real estate. Desmond manages to keep his tone calm until his personal afterward. He also offers some hope--two of the families were able to move away and turn their lives completely around. He also offers some specific solutions. A stunning book every American could benefit from reading.

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annagraceiaboni
Feb 08, 2018

This book was extremely eye opening. Stories wrapped around research. The author put a lot of time into this book and it showed. A great way to present these facts and concerns about housing. I would highly recommend this book.

sputnik55 Feb 05, 2018

Given the recent discussions surrounding housing and housing supply here in Whistler, Matthew Desmond, using Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a case study, provides a brilliant, heartbreaking and well-researched portrayal of the impacts of eviction on the urban poor in America. The case study follows 8 families and their experiences within a system that exacerbates health, mental health and addiction issues; prevents families from being able to maintain steady housing, employment and the ability to move on from poverty. Evicted raises important questions, provides potential solutions and is a MUST READ and I would recommend it to anyone.

vm510 Jan 11, 2018

This is a new standard for nonfiction books about American inequality and housing issues. Embedding himself with residents and families in Milwaukee, Matthew Desmond studied evictions and its repercussions on a family's employment, schooling, savings, health, and mental well-being. Evictions used to be rare, but in many cities today they are an ordinary occurrence. By relating the history of eviction and housing in America and combining heartbreaking stories he collected from families, readers witness the cycle of instability, the desperation, and the survive-one-day-at-a-time mentality many vulnerable populations experience. Also, at first it may be difficult to follow so many people's lives - we follow eight families - but keep with it, their stories start to flow into each other and I read the last 120 pages in one sitting.

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EmilyEm
Nov 10, 2017

Sociologist Desmond’s ethnography looking at low-income renters often suffering eviction is a must read. More interesting than some as Milwaukee, closer to home, is the city where his work was done.

Cynthia_N Oct 26, 2017

This turned out to be such a moving and eye opening book! The author uses real stories and this keeps the book from being just a collection of statistics. He makes it clear how someone can get stuck in a cycle of evictions and poverty. In the last section, he shares some of his process which included living in a trailer park (with no hot water for months because landlords never got around to fixing it). He does offer some solution ideas which I don't think would really solve the problem but they are a starting point. Highly recommended!

CMLibrary_sdeason Oct 04, 2017

Best nonfiction book this year. It compels you to appreciate the circumstances of other's lives.

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shayshortt
Apr 20, 2017

If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor black men were locked up. Poor black women were locked out.

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shayshortt
Apr 20, 2017

There are two freedoms at odds with each other: the freedom to profit from rents and the freedom to live in a safe and affordable home.

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Apr 20, 2017

Between 2007 and 2009, the American housing market was shaken by the subprime mortgage crisis, in which banks foreclosed on millions of homeowners who could not keep up with their rapidly inflating mortgage payments. But another group of people is deeply affected by the trauma of displacement on a more regular basis: the renting poor. Many of these families are spending between fifty and seventy percent of their monthly income on housing, and even a small crisis can easily cause them to fall behind on the rent, making them subject to eviction. Sociologist Matthew Desmond takes the reader into two of Milwaukee’s poorest neighbourhoods, one predominantly white, the other mostly black, and spends eighteen months examining what happens when landlords evict those who have fallen behind on the rent.

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