The self-destructive behavior of the tenants also makes me angry and baffled, even while I sympathize with their desire to indulge a little short-term comfort or rebellion in their rotten circumstances. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The personal wealth of a few is more important than the common good – as Mathew Desmond’s book “Evicted”. Evicted by Matthew Desmond review – what if the problem of poverty is that it’s profitable to other people? Tobin Charney makes $400,000 a year out of his 131 trailers, some of which are little better than hovels. 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. Also the segregation! In evicted, Matthew Desmond brings rigorous sociological research and ethnography to Milwaukee's inner city. I recalled that last year that author Roxane Gay was asked what was "the last book that made you furious?" If you are to read one non-fiction book this year it should probably be this book!!! This is real life, and it’s an incredibly important work. What if the dominant discourse on poverty is just wrong? He argues that universal housing vouchers and publicly funded legal services for the evicted (90 percent lack attorneys in housing courts) would help alleviate this growing, often overlooked housing crisis. It’s immersive sociological reporting at its finest—at the height of the recession, Matthew Desmond moved into some of the poorest sections of Milwaukee and immersed himself in the lives of the people who had little choice but to live there. Evicted switches back and forth between different sets of people, which sometimes makes it difficult to keep everyone's story straight. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America’s most devastating problems. Raised in Chicago I am aware of the housing crisis, remember well both the crime ridden, drug and gang infested, Robert Taylor homes and Cabrini Green. I learned about poverty and poor renters, the eviction process, and scumbag landlords. by Crown Publishers, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. March 1st 2016 Evicted Summary. This book describes the misery of living at the ragged edge of homelessness. Complete coverage of entertainment in the Twin Cities and the nation, from movies and music to theater and books, with the event calendar, reviews, columns, blogs and more. [ The government says that rent and utilities are affordable if they consume no more than 30 percent of the household's income. This book won a number of awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, for uncovering a housing problem in America that appears to disproportionately affect low-income renters and keep them in a cycle of perpetual uncertainty: eviction. By telling these stories, he shows how hard it is for the poor to find and keep decent, affordable housing. He is currently the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Justice and Poverty Project. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2017. It … This is what poor looks like in America. This book is fucking depressing and hopeless and excellent. Even a paid-up tenant can be easily evicted. This book won the Pulitzer, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and I can absolutely see why. The final part of the book is a long Epilogue that provides a concluding summary and a description of how the author collected his information and data by living among the subjects he writes about. There are no heroes in this book, neither the tenants or the landlords. They not only have all the costs and burdens of childrearing, they need bigger apartments – which, since landlords dislike renting to families with young children, are harder to find and a lot harder to keep. On January 5, 2017 June 19, 2017 By T. Carlos "Tim" Anderson In Reviews. In this book we see people who have the least being exploited for every penny. What if the problem is that poverty is profitable? They are paid less than men for doing the same job. I can see why Desmond received one of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grants and won a Pulitzer for his book. This book frequently infuriated me, but it also raised in me a strong sense of compassion for people who are struggling and a desire to look for opportunities to help and advocate for fairer housing policies. Roxanne speaks my mind in regard to this book. The filthy and dangerous conditions are horrifying. Now, there’s a word that has been scrubbed out of the poverty debate.”, “it is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. Desmond writes, “Eviction does not simply drop poor families into a dark valley, a trying yet relatively brief detour on life’s journey. This is what poor looks like in America. This book is painful and necessary and eye opening. But you would be wrong. Evicted tells the story of the eviction epidemic in America, focusing on eight families in Milwaukee. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, book review. Eviction damages children, who are always changing schools, giving up friends and toys and pets – and living with the exhaustion and depression of their parents. Evicted Matthew Desmond Review by Edward Morris. Stop reading this one and go find those. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99. What is important is that Desmond takes people who are usually seen as worthless – there is even a trailer-dweller nicknamed Heroin Susie – and shows us their full humanity, how hard they struggle to retain their dignity, humour and kindness in conditions that continually drag them down. Black people have the worst housing in the worst neighbourhoods – the great fear of the trailer-park people, who are all white, is that they will end up on the black side of town. Arleen loses one apartment when her son Jori throws a snowball at a passing car and the enraged driver kicks in the front door, and another when the police come after Jori when he kicks a teacher and runs home. Matthew Desmond is an American sociologist and urban ethnographer. We desperately need a "where are they now" for the people profiled in this book. Book Reviews An exhaustively researched, vividly realized and above all, unignorable book—after Evicted, it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. The squeeze is increasing higher incomes as well. This is a must read for everyone. Of them, 10 percent devote at least half their income to shelter. No easy answers here, but can we stop pretending that poverty is the result of bad life choices and that unsafe or lack of low income housing is because property owners are monolithically greedy and evil. 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. Analyzing census data, this book finds that the majority of poor households pay over 50 percent of their income for shelter and more than a quarter pay over 70 percent. By examining one city through the microscopic lens of housing, however, he shows us how the system that produces that pain and poverty was created and is maintained. This book ought to be required reading for anyone who wants to hold elected office in this country, no matter what level you’re at. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. The judicial system and the role it plays is scrutinized, and the lives of 8 families are put on intimate display for readers to bear witness to. “With Doreen’s eviction, Thirty-Second Street lost a steadying presence – someone who loved and invested in the neighbourhood, who contributed to making the block safer – but Wright Street didn’t gain one.”. One thing that really stuck with me was the fact that landlords were getting fined for their tenants calling the cops and being nuisances, and how they applied that to people calling in about domestic abuse as well. These are the questions at the heart of Evicted, Matthew Desmond’s extraordinary ethnographic study of tenants in low-income housing in the deindustrialised middle-sized city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We are a capitalist society. An evicted woman watches as employees of a storage company remove her belongings to place them on the pavement in front of her rented apartment. Even among households earning between $30,000 and $45,000 a year—clerks, cooks, or low-level medical technicians, for example—nearly half pay more than the 30 percent the government says they can afford. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 will be long remembered as a Dumpster fire of a year. Eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty . Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a book written by Matthew Desmond. Author Matthew Desmond spent months living in a trailer park and then an inner-city rooming house in Milwaukee, getting to know the renters and their landlords and observing firsthand what the housing crisis looks like. Arleen Belle and Doreen Hinkston are black mothers clinging to the edge of low-wage employment; Crystal and Trisha are fragile young black women whose upbringing was violent and chaotic; Lamar is a genial black father of two who lost both his legs to frostbite when he passed out on crack in an abandoned house; Scott is a white male nurse who lost his licence when he stole opioids from his patients; Larraine, also white, is a slightly brain-damaged sweet soul. “There is an enormous amount of pain and poverty in this rich land,” Desmond writes in his conclusion. The "catch-22" of arrears, fines, penalties, and debts make my head hurt. Please start by reading the GR book description here: Evicted was a really great read - both frustrating and fascinating. Even in the Great Depression, evictions used to be rare. The predatory behavior of the slumlords makes me angry, even while I sympathize with their desire not to be taken advantage of, cheated and ripped off. Within these pages, the business and culture of evictions is dissected down to the very dollars and cents that uphold this thriving industry. Within the pages of, [Though it was mentioned on the book jacket that this was embedded research, I still found the most impactful statement to be: "I moved into Tobin's trailer park in May 2008...". So true. This stunning, remarkable book—a scholar’s 21st-century How the Other Half Lives—demands a wide audience. The significance of eviction, the poverty and the loss of everything that a … People such as Lamar live in chronic debt to their landlord, who can therefore oust them easily whenever it is convenient – if they demand repairs, for example, like Doreen, or if a better tenant comes along. He tells the stories of the tenants and the landlords in their own voices, with such clarity and precision that it’s almost easy to forget that this is not a novel. The standard measure is that your rent should be no more than 30% of your income, but for poor people it can be 70% or more. Money from government programmes intended to help the poor – welfare, disability benefits, the earned-income tax credit – go straight into the landlord’s pocket and, ironically, fuel rising housing costs. Better yet, find the book and read it!!! There are no heroes in this book, neither the tenants or the landlords. Read it and weep. Evicted – Book Review. One of the most heartbreaking moments in Matthew Desmond’s “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”— and there’s a shameful assortment to choose from — … A woman sells some of her goods to make ends meet, Milwaukee. Poor black women were locked out.”. In this book we see people who have the least being exploited for every penny. In fact, she gets nothing. Two Decades of Answers from the Left (IB Tauris). The author of several books, including the award-winning book, "On the Fireline," and "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," Desmond was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant in 2015 for his work on 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. He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. It’s an important book. Although this book is about Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the author states this is a crisis effecting any large, urban city. Bill Gates CEO/Microsoft If you want a good understanding of how the issues that cause poverty are intertwined, you should read this book about the eviction crisis in Milwaukee. We (Americans) doom people to permanent poverty and a lower caste simply by not ensuring safe and adequate shelter that is affordable. What if the problem isn’t that poor people have bad morals – that they’re lazy and impulsive and irresponsible and have no family values – or that they lack the skills and smarts to fit in with our shiny 21st-century economy? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There are situations that will break your heart, and situations that will infuriate you. She said: "'Evicted,' by Matthew Desmond. This author is coming to my institution on Wednesday so I sped through the reading of this book, making some notes. We (Americans) doom people to permanent poverty and a lower caste simply by not ensuring safe and adequate shelter that is affordable. But there is a gigantic gap in between of people trying and obstructed by environment, conditions, regulations, etc. Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher who is one of the only black female landlords in the city, makes enough in rents on her numerous properties – some presentable, others squalid – to holiday in Jamaica and attend conferences on real estate. Among the tenants in housing court, a third spend at least 80 percent. I am ashamed of how little I knew about poverty and eviction. A beautifully written and involving set of individual family case studies, this sociological work casts light on a problem that has developed over time and has not been well understood to date. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. Following eight families, two landlords we are personally made. This just won The Pulitzer! Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City was published in 2016 and brought Desmond to international prominence. Long story short, America has to do better in providing shelter for the poor. You’ll find it hard not to. It’s easy to judge the poor but unless we’ve walked in their shoes I think we’d do better to try and understand. (I continue to think this book says oodles more than. There has to be a better way. There are situations that will break your heart, and situations that will infuriate you. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Desmond follows the intertwined fortunes of eight families and a host of minor characters. I'm not someone who tries to impress other people with what I've read. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The "catch-22" of arrears, fines. With no where else to go in the dreadful cold, they flee to the North Side of the city, which is … Desmond has written a brilliant portrait of Americans living in poverty. Book reviews. This book that showcases tenants and landlords/landladies and the barriers that exists on all sides. Public housing and housing vouchers are scarce. We see landlords barely above poverty themselves who are regulated in ways that make them have to evict people or face penalties and/or undesirable scrutiny. When he is forced to repay a welfare cheque he has been sent in error and falls behind on rent, he sells his food stamps for half their face value and volunteers to paint an upstairs apartment, but it is not enough. This book frequently infuriated me, but it also raised in me a strong. But a positive outcome of this technique is that the accounts end up sharing many common threads: … I actually finished this last night, and since then have been trying to figure out how to process my feelings and thoughts about this book. Evicted tells the story of poor Milwaukee residents as they attempt to keep a roof over their heads I read to relax. “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond, Crown, 418 pages, $28 “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. What are the social costs of eviction? And despite Herculean efforts to deny it, nuance is where the vast majority of us live. And racist ass Ned who made his biracial stepdaughters say "white power" while their mom hoped it wouldn't scar them. The landlords are either a new breed of venture capitalists or merely slumlords, depending on your perspective. The brutal truth of poverty in America is far more devastating than any fiction ever could be. This is a must read for everyone. It prevents people from saving the comparatively small sums that would let them stabilise their situation. Yes. I even read through the acknowledgements, not wanting it to end. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/02/08/forced-out?mbid=nl_160208_Daily%20remainder&CNDID=37464528&spMailingID=8521477&spUserID=MTA5MjQwOTQzMjcyS0&spJobID=860859043&spReportId=ODYwODU5MDQzS0, New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2016 (fiction and nonfiction), Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud, Book Editing, Author Coaching, Submit Your Book to Me, the one that Utah has used in recent years. "Evicted" is the story of eight families in Milwaukee, WI--six families struggling mightily to pay the rent on their increasingly crappy apartments, and two sets of landlords. To order Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City for £16 (RRP £20) go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846. ‘There is an enormous amount of pain and poverty in this rich land,’ argues American sociologist Desmond in this brilliant book about housing and the lives of eight families in Milwaukee, Last modified on Wed 29 Nov 2017 10.48 GMT. It's a detailed picture of individual and systemic failure. Yes, there will always be greedy landlords and poor people unwilling or unable to do a minimum. By telling these stories, he shows how hard it is for the poor to find and keep decent, affordable housing. This book is fucking depressing and hopeless and excellent. Just a few days before we met, I finished reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond, a sociologist at Princeton University and a grantee of our foundation. This economic exploitation is crystallized in the slum.” Exploitation. Shelves: multi-culti, non-fiction, awards It is no surprise that "Evicted" was the University Wisconsin-Madison's Go Big Red book read for 2016, a book chosen by the chancellor and worked into campus-wide discussions and events. One thing that really stuck with me was the fact that landlords were getting fined for their tenants calling the cops and being nuisances, and how they applied that to people calling in about domestic abuse a. I finished this book a few days ago and it really made me feel devastated. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America’s most devastating problems. This book is painful and necessary and eye opening. "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" is probably the most important book that I have ever read!!! These are the questions at the heart of. 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. We have got to do better. Author Matthew Desmond spent months living in a trailer park and then an inner-city rooming house in Milwaukee, getting to know the renters and their landlords and observing firsthand what the housing crisis looks like. 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. There’s no question we have a flawed system, and the cycle continues with no way out for those who are caught up in poverty and substandard living conditions. Welcome back. It is sometimes a little hard to keep up with the storylines as they weave in and out of the text, but no matter. As Desmond shows, the main victims of eviction are women. They way we treat the poor in this country is cruel. “Every condition exists,” Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote, “simply because someone profits by its existence. They are always starting over from scratch, losing their possessions in the chaos of removal, or putting them in storage and losing them when they can’t pay the fees. hat if the dominant discourse on poverty is just wrong? The author of several books, including the award-winning book, "On the Fireline," and "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," Desmond was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" gran. The first 80 percent of the book follows in detail the experiences of eight low-income families (including both black and white) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's always hard to see and think about who has value in our society and the way laws and institutions play such a huge role in continuing to destabilize the lives of those who are already marginalized in other ways. We have got to do better. Barbara Ehrenreich - New York Times Book Review Written with the vividness of a novel, [ Evicted] offers a dark mirror of middle-class America’s obsession with real estate, laying bare the workings of the low end of the market, where evictions have become just another part of an often lucrative business model. As a result, the number of households paying more than 30 percent of their income for shelter rose to a record 21.3 million—about one in six nationwide. Yay! Eviction hits black women hardest of all, and the bleak benches of housing courts, which deal with disputes between landlords and tenants, are full of black women and their children: “If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighbourhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Public housing failures. The filthy and dangerous conditions are horrifying. The sheer number and variety of damaged, broken, addicted people struggling to survive makes my heart hurt. My God, what that book lays bare about American poverty. Written by blake wagner and other people who wish to remain anonymous In Milwaukee, an African-American family is evicted from their apartment complex in the middle of the winter. Written by a Harvard sociologist, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City has the character development and dramatic drive of a first-rate novel. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published It's a detailed picture of individual and systemic failure. • Katha Pollitt’s books include Who Is Hillary Clinton? The main condition holding them back, Desmond argues, is rent. Makes me feel quite tired. Matthew Desmond’s research-driven prose is a dazzling work of examination and insight. He is currently the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Justice and Poverty Project. He tells the stories of the tenants and the landlords in their own voices, with such clarity and precision that it’s almost ea. In one of the book’s many small sad moments, Arleen claims she receives child support in order to seem more stable and respectable to a prospective landlord. Although this book is about Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the author states this is a crisis effecting any large, urban city. E victed is a book by Matthew Desmond that tells the story of eight real families caught in the affordable housing crisis.. The book is, as its title suggests, about eviction and the ‘side-effects’ that eviction can cause to a person or to a number of persons. ‘There is an enormous amount … No one can afford to put 80% of their income towards rent. They are less able to make deals with their landlord, who is almost always a man, to work off part of their rent with manual labour. It's always hard to see and think about who has value in our society and the way laws and institutions play such a huge role in continuing to destabilize the lives of those who are already marginalized in other ways. One is that growing numbers of low-income households pay crushing shares of their incomes for shelter, leaving inadequate sums for items as basic as medicine and food. In Milwaukee, one of the most segregated cities in the US, all black people suffer from housing discrimination and all white people benefit at least a little from the racial dividend – a landlord who will rent to them but not to black people, for instance, or offer them a nicer apartment. It’s immersive sociological reporting at its finest—at the height of the recession, Matthew Desmond moved into some of the poorest sections of Milwaukee and immersed himself in the lives of the people who had little choice but to live there. Free UK p&p over £10, online orders only. After he paid Sherrena his $550 rent out of his welfare cheque, Lamar had only $2.19 a day for the month. I actually finished this last night, and since then have been trying to figure out how to process my feelings and thoughts about this book. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Poor black men were locked up. About the author of Evicted Poverty and Profit in the American City The American sociologist Matthew Desmond has explored the role of housing in the cycle of poverty. Desmond was also awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2015. Matthew Desmond: ‘I want my work to bear witness to this problem that’s raging in our cities’. Latest book reviews, author interviews, and reading trends. It puts incredible stress on families. March 2016. Matthew Desmond’s gripping and important book Evicted tells disturbing stories in spellbinding detail in service of two main points. Following eight families, two landlords we are personally made aware of their struggles, evictions, loss of security, children and day to day poverty. 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