Evicted by Matthew Desmond 336 pages

Desmond’s sociological study of recent evictions in Milwaukee has received much hype and deservedly so.  Evicted is engaging, well-documented and gave me much to think about.  Studying the poor on that city’s north and south side, Desmond shows how easy it is to have a tenant evicted and how eviction can lead to depression, truancy, separation of mothers from their children and many more negative repercussions.  What, for me, made this book so interesting was how Desmond zeroed in on eight individuals and followed them for several years to illustrate what’s wrong with the housing situation for the urban poor in this country.

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Evicted by Matthew Desmond 336 pages

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