Title: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Author: Matthew Desmond
Thoughts: This is a fascinating read/listen. While Desmond uses Milwaukee as his case study for this book, it’s a great look at the national phenomenon of eviction and, more broadly, poverty and economic inequality. By using a case study approach, Desmond introduces us to eight families in Milwaukee—humanizing those who are affected by eviction, rather than simply presenting the facts about eviction in America. The book is profoundly moving, and I found myself hurting for the individuals and families he profiles, all while rooting for them. This is such an important read—highly recommend!
“Equal treatment in an unequal society can still foster inequality.”
“Eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty.”
“Life and home are so intertwined that it is almost impossible to think of one without the other.”
“Without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.”
ALSO! As you can tell from the screenshot, I switched audiobook providers! I’ve recently been trying to limit my support of Amazon and its related products, for a variety of reasons—one being that I don’t believe anyone really needs to be a trillionaire. Looking at you, Jeff Bezos. So, in steps Libro.fm! Libro.fm is an audiobook provider that offers nearly the exact same selection of audiobooks as Audible does (over 150,000 audiobooks!), with the obvious exception of Audible exclusives/originals.
My favorite part of using Libro.fm is that not only are you not supporting Amazon, but you are supporting actual small bookstores. When you sign up for Libro.fm, you can choose a small, local bookstore—there’s hundreds to choose from—and your purchases will directly support them. So freakin’ awesome! My audiobook purchases through Libro.fm support Drury Lane Books, which is my very favorite small bookstore, located in Grand Marais, MN. If you don’t have or know about a local bookstore, you can find a list of all partner stores on Libro.fm‘s site. If you can’t choose, I recommend Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais, my local small bookstore in Duluth, Zenith Bookstore, or the local bookstore in my hometown, Buffalo Books & Coffee in Buffalo, MN!
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