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Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Feb 28, 2017 | 448 Pages
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“Astonishing… Desmond has set a new standard for reporting on poverty.”
Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Book Review

“After reading Evicted, you’ll realize you cannot have a serious conversation about poverty without talking about housing…. The book is that good, and it’s that unignorable.”
Jennifer Senior, New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2016

“My God, what [Evicted] lays bare about American poverty. It is devastating and infuriating and a necessary read.”
—Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and Difficult Women

“Written with the vividness of a novel, [Evicted] offers a dark mirror of middle-class America’s obsession with real estate, laying bare the workings of the low end of the market, where evictions have become just another part of an often lucrative business model.”
—Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times

“In spare and penetrating prose… Desmond has made it impossible to consider poverty without grappling with the role of housing. This pick [as best book of 2016] was not close.”
—Carlos Lozada, Washington Post

“An essential piece of reportage about poverty and profit in urban America.”
Geoff Dyer, The Guardian’s Best Holiday Reads 2016

“It doesn’t happen every week (or every month, or even year), but every once in a while a book comes along that changes the national conversation… Evicted looks to be one of those books.” 
—Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review

“Should be required reading in an election year, or any other.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“Powerful, monstrously effective… the power of this book abides in the indelible impression left by its stories.”
—Jill Leovy, The American Scholar

“Gripping and important…[Desmond’s] portraits are vivid and unsettling.
—Jason DeParle, New York Review of Books

“An exquisitely crafted, meticulously researched exploration of life on the margins, providing a voice to people who have been shamefully ignored—or, worse, demonized—by opinion makers over the course of decades.” 
—The Boston Globe

“[An] impressive work of scholarship…. As Mr. Desmond points out, eviction has been neglected by urban sociologists, so his account fills a gap. His methodology is scrupulous.”
Wall Street Journal

Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction Finalist
Winner of the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
Winner of the 800-CEO-READ Book Award  Current Events & Public Affairs
Winner of the American Bar Association’s 2017 Silver Gavel Award
One of The Los Angeles Times‘ 10 Most Important Books of 2016
New York Times Editors’ Choice
One of Wall Street Journal‘s Hottest Spring Nonfiction Books
One of O: The Oprah Magazine‘s 10 Titles to Pick Up Now
One of Vulture‘s 8 Books You Need to Read This Month
One of BuzzFeed‘s 14 Most Buzzed About Books of 2016
One of The Guardian‘s Best Holiday Reads 2016


American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award WINNER 2017

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction WINNER 2017

Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award WINNER 2016

Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize WINNER 2017

Eastern Sociological Society, Komarovsky Book Award WINNER 2017

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award WINNER 2015

National Book Critics Circle Awards WINNER 2016

PEN New England Award WINNER 2017

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction WINNER 2017

Pulitzer Prize (Non-Fiction) WINNER 2017

Robert F. Kennedy Book Award WINNER 2017

Sidney Hillman Prize WINNER 2017

Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction FINALIST 2016

Los Angeles Times Book Prize FINALIST 2016

Society for the Study of Social Problems, C. Wright Mills Award FINALIST 2016

800-CEO-READ Business Book Award SHORTLIST 2016

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