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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

Sarah Smarsh · Simon & Schuster Audio
Format: Audiobook

An eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in the American Midwest.

During Sarah Smarsh's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country's changing economic policies solidified her family's place among the working poor. By telling...
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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

JESSICA BRUDER · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 273
Format: Hardcover

The end of retirement?

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security...

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir

J. D. Vance · HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Pages: 1
Format: Audiobook

J. D. Vance's grandparents moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving...
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Nickel and Dimed: On

Barbara Ehrenreich · Metropolitan Books
Pages: 221
Format: Hardcover

Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.

Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired...
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Poor People

William T. Vollmann · Ecco; First Edition edition
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

That was the simple yet groundbreaking question William T. Vollmann asked in cities and villages around the globe. The result of Vollmann's fearless inquiry is a view of poverty unlike any previously offered. Poor People struggles to confront poverty in all its hopelessness and brutality,...
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Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future

Thomas M Shapiro · Basic Books
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

Since the Great Recession, most Americans' standard of living has stagnated or declined. Economic inequality is at historic highs. But inequality's impact differs by race; African Americans' net wealth is just a tenth that of white Americans, and over recent decades, white families have...
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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond · Crown Publishers
Pages: 418
Format: Print book

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION | FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION | FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The...
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Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America

Peter Edelman · The New Press
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

In addition to exposing racially biased policing, the Justice Department's Ferguson Report exposed to the world a system of fines and fees levied for minor crimes in Ferguson, Missouri, that, when they proved too expensive for Ferguson's largely poor, African American population, resulted...
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Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

VIRGINIA EUBANKS · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

Naomi Klein: "This book is downright scary."

Ethan Zuckerman, MIT: "Should be required reading."

Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body: "A must-read for everyone concerned about modern tools of inequality in America."

Astra...

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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Daron Acemoglu · Crown Business; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what...
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A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions

Muhammad Yunus · PublicAffairs
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize offers his vision of an emerging new economic system that can save humankind and the planet
Muhammad Yunus, who created microcredit, invented social business, and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alleviating poverty, is one of today's most...
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Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

Eric Klinenberg · Crown
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

An eminent sociologist and bestselling author offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society.

We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country...
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The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement

William J Barber II · Beacon Press
Pages: 151
Format: Print book

A modern-day civil rights champion tells the stirring story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America's racial divide.Over the summer of 2013, the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II led more than a hundred thousand people at rallies across North Carolina to protest restrictions...
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No Longer Homeless: How the Ex-Homeless Get and Stay Off the Streets

David Wagner · Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 176
Format: Hardcover

Research suggests that between 6 and 14 percent of the US population has been homeless at some point in their lives - a huge number of people. No Longer Homeless shares the stories of people who have formerly been homeless to examine how they transition off the streets, find housing, and stay...
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