I’ve actually read a couple other physical books in the last month or two, but this is the first I’ve really felt an inclination to review. I took Dashing Through the Snow by Mary Higgins Clark on a weekend camping trip because I knew it would be a quick read; I think I picked it up at a book sale, and while I probably wouldn’t recommend you go out and buy it, it was worth the 50 cents and fine for an easy camping trip read. Another book that took me a lot longer to get through was Inheriting Our Mothers’ Gardens, edited by Katie Geneva Cannon, Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Kwok Pui-lan, and Letty M. Russell. This collection of essays is one I had only read bits of for a Women Theologians class in college; it was excellent (unsurprising, given the brilliant authorship) but definitely not a light read that would interest just anyone.
The book for this review – Evicted – has gotten widespread praise and even won the Pulitzer Prize. Having finally read it myself, that doesn’t surprise me in the least.
Title – Evicted: Poverty and profit in the American city
Author – Matthew Desmond
Year published – 2016
Page count – 336 (read through the whole epilogue – I know some people skip, but it’s worth it)
This book follows several families in Milwaukee as they experience eviction. It’s divided into three parts: Rent, Out, and After, and looks at eviction not as a single event but as both the result and cause of various factors. It explores how eviction is interconnected with poverty, race, housing policies, welfare, drugs, addiction, domestic violence, and community support structures. Continue reading “Evicted (Matthew Desmond)”