EVICTED: POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Matthew Desmond - SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE

Desmond, Matthew

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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 #

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Synopsis: WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION 

In Evicted, Harvard sociologist and MacArthur ?Genius? Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. 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 21st-century America?s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION WINNER OF THE PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION | WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION | FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE | WINNER OF THE 2017 HILLMAN PRIZE FOR BOOK JOURNALISM | WINNER OF THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE HEARTLAND PRIZE

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New York Times Book Review  The Boston Globe   The Washington Post  NPR  Entertainment Weekly  The New Yorker  Bloomberg   Esquire  Buzzfeed Fortune  San Francisco Chronicle  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  St. Louis Post-Dispatch   Politico   The Week  Bookpage  Kirkus Reviews   Amazon   Barnes and Noble Review   Apple   Library Journal  Chicago Public Library  Publishers Weekly  Booklist  Shelf Awareness

Review: An Amazon Best Book of March 2016: It?s the rare writer who can capture a social ill with a clear-eyed, nonjudgmental tone and still allow the messiness of real people its due. Matthew Desmond does just that with Evicted as he explores the stories of tenants and landlords in the poorest areas of Milwaukee during 2008 and 2009. It?s almost always a compliment to say that a nonfiction book reads like a novel and this one does ? mostly because Desmond gets very close to the ?characters,? relating their words and thoughts and layering on enough vibrant details to make every rented property or trailer come alive. You can almost forget that these are actual people with actual problems until he delivers a raw jolt of reality: the woman who?s evicted because her boyfriend beats her up; the tenant whose baby daughter dies in a house fire; the tenant who pushes a ?friend? out a window for using all her cell phone minutes; the landlord who refuses to fix stopped-up pipes, so tenants allow garbage and sewage to pile up in the property.

Through both personal stories and data, Desmond proves that eviction undermines self, family, and community, bearing down disproportionately hard on women with children. In Milwaukee, being behind on rent gives landlords the opening to serve an eviction notice, which leads to a court date. On the face of it, it may seem easy to side with the landlords?of course tenants should pay their rent. But as Evicted pulls back layer after layer, what?s exposed is a cycle of hurt that all parties?landlord, tenant, city?inflict on one another. Whether readers agree with Desmond?s conclusions for how to break this cycle in order to strengthen families and neighborhoods, it?s obvious by the end of Evicted that there is no easy fix, and that people?some addicts, some criminals?will slip through the cracks. But it should be just as obvious that we must still try.

?Adrian Liang

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