Title: EVICTED: POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Crown Press, 2016
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 325 pages. Published in 2016. The author's breakthrough account. One of the most important books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Matthew Desmond's "Evicted: Poverty And Profit In The American City". Our very own "How The Other Half Lives": A ground-breaking and indispensable account that is destined to become a classic. "In this brilliant, heart-breaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee, to tell the story of eight families on the edge. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America's vast inequality, and to people's determination and intelligence in the face of hardship. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible" (Publisher's blurb). Matthew Desmond's own personal story is the driving force behind his book: He himself grew up in a (white) family which struggled with poverty throughout his childhood, and in a way that wasn't all that different from the (black) lives he has meticulously chronicled here as a sociologist and public intellectual. His account resonates because it is autobiographical. It is that very rare thing: A solid work of scholarship that is written in his irrefutable, personal voice. "Eviction is to young black women what incarceration is to young black men" (Matthew Desmond). An absolute "must-have" title for Matthew Desmond collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Matthew Desmond. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: By the time Desmond made a few public appearances to promote his book, it was already a bestseller. Almost all copies available online and in bookstores are in subsequent printing. This is a copy of the true First Edition. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2015 on the basis of this one book. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0553447432. Bookseller Inventory # 20322
Synopsis: 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 turned heroin addict. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stick up after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind.
The fate of these families is in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former school teacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs the worst trailer park in the fourth poorest city in the country. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, ?Love don?t pay the bills.? She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas.
Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor families are spending over half of their income on housing and millions are forced from their homes each year. In the inner city, eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. We watch as families are forced to move into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods. We see them lose their jobs and sink into depression. We see communities broken and children harmed. As this empathic and masterful book reveals, eviction is not so much a consequence of poverty as a cause.
Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, Evicted transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation, while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home?without which nothing else is possible.
About the Author: Matthew Desmond is Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Science at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is the author of the award-winning book, On the Fireline, coauthor of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. His work has been supported by the MacArthur, Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. Desmond is a 2015 MacArthur "Genius" Award winner.
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