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We've run the numbers for 2018, and library staff has put together lists of the most popular fiction books, non-fiction books, and DVDs in the library's collection. In the fiction category, readers love Minnesota authors like John Sandford and William Kent Krueger, who each have two titles in the top 25. The non-fiction list is topped by this year's adult Read Brave title, Evicted. … (more)
Have you noticed eviction having an impact on your neighborhood? In Evicted, Desmond makes it clear that many factors coalesce around eviction. Which of these do you think is the biggest issue in Saint Paul? Which issues do you think could be most easily addressed? Desmond has suggested that a massive expansion of the housing voucher program could alleviate much of the housing crisis –… (more)
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Central Library Book Club: February 2019
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AHCC Book Club will not meet in December. Next discussion scheduled for January 22, 2019.
elijahschenk Dec 20, 2018
The hardest part about reading Evicted was coming to the realization that, more often than not, both sides, tenants and landlords, are only doing what is best for themselves financially, socially, or emotionally. In each of the followed characters’ story arcs, there is solid logic behind most of ... Read More »
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Evicted by Matthew Desmond is the 2019 Read Brave nonfiction selection. A 2017 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, it follows eight Milwaukee families struggling to pay their rent around the 2008 financial crisis.
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If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor black men were locked up. Poor black women were locked out.
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Between 2007 and 2009, the American housing market was shaken by the subprime mortgage crisis, in which banks foreclosed on millions of homeowners who could not keep up with their rapidly inflating mortgage payments. But another group of people is deeply affected by the trauma of displacement on a more regular basis: the renting poor. Many of these families are spending between fifty and seventy percent of their monthly income on housing, and even a small crisis can easily cause them to fall behind on the rent, making them subject to eviction. Sociologist Matthew Desmond takes the reader into two of Milwaukee’s poorest neighbourhoods, one predominantly white, the other mostly black, and spends eighteen months examining what happens when landlords evict those who have fallen behind on the rent.
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