Matthew Desmond will discuss Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Matthew Desmond, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies at Harvard University, will discuss his New Hardcover Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.  This Complimentary OPEN House Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books & The Kansas City Public Library.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Matthew Desmond is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies at Harvard University.  He is the Author of Evicted, On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters (2007), and The Racial Order (Co-Authored with Mustafa Emirbayer, 2015).

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  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 consumed by a heroin addiction. 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 stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. 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 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 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.

DATE & TIME:  Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium, 14 W 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

EVENT FORMAT:  Matthew Desmond will discuss his New Hardcover Evicted and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the discussion.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required.  Visit to Register or Call the Library at 816-701-3407.  Seating is General Admission. Rainy Day Books will have Matthew Desmond’s Books for sale at this Event.  

Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch, Helzberg Auditorium
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
SKU: A9780553447439

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: one Author Autographed Hardcover copy of Evicted by Matthew Desmond.

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