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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
4.8 out of 5 stars with 131 reviews
From Harvard sociologist 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.
Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help
4.7 out of 5 stars with 66 reviews
What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories: their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas.
A couple adopts two children in distress. But then they think: If they can change two lives, why not four? Or 10? They adopt 20. But how do they weigh the
Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, Second Edition, with an Update a Decade Later
4.4 out of 5 stars with 97 reviews
Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. Drawing on in-depth observations of black and white middle-class, working-class, and poor families, Unequal Childhoods explores this fact, offering a picture of childhood today. Here are the frenetic families managing their children's hectic schedules of ''leisure'' activities; and here are families with plenty of time but little economic security. Lareau shows how middle-class parents, whether black or white, engage in
The Orphaned Adult: Understanding and Coping with Grief and Change After the Death of Our Parents
4.7 out of 5 stars with 27 reviews
Losing our parents when we ourselves are adults is the natural order of things, a rite of passage into true adulthood. But whether or not we have expected the death of our parents after a prolonged illness, were close to or alienated from them, this passage is inevitably harder than we thought it would be.
A much needed and knowing discussion of this adult phenomenon, The Orphaned Adult validates the wide array of disorienting emotions that can accompany the death of our parents by sharing
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World
4.8 out of 5 stars with 67 reviews
In 1918, the Italian-Americans of New York, the Yupik of Alaska, and the Persians of Mashed had almost nothing in common except for a virus - one that triggered the worst pandemic of modern times and had a decisive effect on the history of the 20th century.
The Spanish flu of 1918-1920 was one of the greatest human disasters of all time. It infected a third of the people on Earth - from the poorest immigrants of New York City to the king of Spain, Franz Kafka, Mahatma Gandhi, and Woodrow
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
4.4 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews
This New York Times best-seller intimately depicts urban life in a gripping book that slips behind cold statistics and sensationalism to reveal the true sagas lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour.
In her extraordinary best seller, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses listeners in the intricacies of the ghetto, revealing the true sagas lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. Focusing on two romances - Jessica's dizzying
Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race - and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us
4.0 out of 5 stars with 41 reviews
Can it ever get better? This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking. In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide - in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider - is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white?
An NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters
4.6 out of 5 stars with 42 reviews
A transformative exploration of the power, purpose, and benefits of gatherings in our lives: at work, at school, at home, and beyond.
Every day, we find ourselves in gatherings, Priya Parker says in The Art of Gathering. If we can understand what makes these gatherings effective and memorable, then we can reframe and redirect them to benefit everyone, host and guest alike. Parker defines a gathering as three or more people who come together for a specific purpose. When we understand why we
How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide
4.0 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews
A unique and irreverent take on everything that's wrong with our ''national conversation about race'' - and how to think differently.
How to Be Less Stupid About Race addresses the half-truths and misconceptions that have corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, in pop culture, in media, and in politics.
Centuries after this nation was founded on genocide and slavery, some Americans are kinda-sorta-maybe waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But