To Have a Home


Your home is your refuge. But not everyone is able to keep their home and there is the struggle just to get by with the bare essentials. Evicted by Matthew Desmond explores the system driving poverty and profit in America.

Telling the stories of eight Milwaukee families trying to keep from going over the edge, Desmond demonstrates the struggles faced by so many and the inequality that keeps them there. The culmination of years of study and fieldwork, Evicted shines a light on and provides a deeper understanding of the poverty and economic exploitation that plagues our nation.

While the narrative told is an important, powerful one and fairly well done, there were some organizational issues that should have been addressed. Perhaps the editor was too timid to suggest changes because Desmond was granted the MacArthur Genius Grant, but the book would have benefited from stronger organization of the families’ stories.

Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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