Top 10 Best Books of 2016

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

By Matthew Desmond

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In May 2008, Desmond moved into a Milwaukee trailer park and then to a rooming house on the poverty-stricken North Side.

A graduate student in sociology at the time, he diligently took notes on the lives of people on the brink of eviction: those who pay 70 to 80 percent of their incomes in rent, often for homes that are, objectively speaking, unfit for human habitation.

Desmond’s empathetic and scrupulously researched book reintroduces the concept of “exploitation” into the poverty debate, showing how eviction, like incarceration, can brand a person for life.

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