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Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York
$16.95
Description
"Enthralling; it is well worth the trip." --New York Journal of Books
Conceived as the most modern, humane incarceration facility the world had ever seen, New York's Blackwell's Island, site of a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals, quickly became, in the words of a visiting Charles Dickens, "a lounging, listless madhouse." Digging through city records, newspaper articles, and archival reports, Stacy Horn tells a gripping narrative through the voices of the island's inhabitants. We also hear from the era's officials, reformers, and journalists, including the celebrated undercover reporter Nellie Bly. And we follow the extraordinary Reverend William Glenney French as he ministers to Blackwell's residents, battles the bureaucratic mazes of the Department of Correction and a corrupt City Hall, testifies at salacious trials, and in his diary wonders about man's inhumanity to his fellow man. Damnation Island shows how far we've come in caring for the least fortunate among us--and reminds us how much work still remains.
ISBN
9781616209353
By
Horn, Stacy
Publisher
Algonquin Books
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9781616209353
Location
History
Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises
$28.99
Description

"[An] eye-opening and sometimes heartbreaking narrative." --Kirkus, Starred Review

"What Broke really tells us is how systems of government, law and finance can crush even the hardiest of boot-strap pullers." --Brian Alexander, author of Glass House

A galvanizing, narrative account of a city's bankruptcy and its aftermath told through the lives of seven valiantly struggling Detroiters

Bankruptcy and the austerity it represents have become a common "solution" for struggling American cities. What do the spending cuts and limited resources do to the lives of city residents? In Broke, Jodie Adams Kirshner follows seven Detroiters as they navigate life during and after their city's bankruptcy. Reggie loses his savings trying to make a habitable home for his family. Cindy fights drug use, prostitution, and dumping on her block. Lola commutes two hours a day to her suburban job. For them, financial issues are mired within the larger ramifications of poor urban policies, restorative negligence on the state and federal level and--even before the decision to declare Detroit bankrupt in 2013--the root causes of a city's fiscal demise.

Like Matthew Desmond's Evicted, Broke looks at what municipal distress means, not just on paper but in practical--and personal--terms. More than 40 percent of Detroit's 700,000 residents fall below the poverty line. Post-bankruptcy, they struggle with a broken real estate market, school system, and job market--and their lives have not improved.

Detroit is emblematic. Kirshner makes a powerful argument that cities--the economic engine of America--are never quite given the aid that they need by either the state or federal government for their residents to survive, not to mention flourish. Success for all America's citizens depends on equity of opportunity.

ISBN
9781250220639
By
Kirshner, Jodie Adams
Publisher
St. Martin's Press
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9781250220639
Location
Non-Fiction
Amity and Prosperity
$18.00
Description

Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

In Amity and Prosperity, the prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy boom's impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and one woman's transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.

Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbors' mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. Soon trucks begin rumbling past her small farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong.

Alarmed by her children's illnesses, Haney joins with neighbors and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what's really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage that's being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries. Soon a community that has long been suspicious of outsiders faces wrenching new questions about who is responsible for their fate, and for redressing it: The faceless corporations that are poisoning the land? The environmentalists who fail to see their economic distress? A federal government that is mandated to protect but fails on the job? Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, Griswold reveals what happens when an imperiled town faces a crisis of values, and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.

ISBN
9781250215079
By
Griswold, Eliza
Publisher
Picador Paper
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9781250215079
Location
Non-Fiction
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
$4.99
Description
The "New York Times" bestseller, and one of the most talked about books of the year, Ni"ckel and Dimed" has already become a classic of undercover reportage.
Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. She soon discovered that even the "lowliest" occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors.
"Nickel and Dimed" reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategies for survival. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way America perceives its working poor.
ISBN
9780805063899
By
Ehrenreich, Barbara Piven
Publisher
Holt Paperbacks
Item Condition
Used, Good
About This Product
Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1123325
Location
C
Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home
$4.99
Description
The complete text of Laudato Si', the landmark encyclical letter from Pope Francis that, as Time magazine reported, "rocked the international community"

In the Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, the beloved Pope exhorts the world to combat environmental degradation and its impact on the poor. In a stirring, clarion call that is not merely aimed at Catholic readers but rather at a wide, lay audience, the Pope cites the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change, and does not hesitate to detail how it is the result of a historic level of unequal distribution of wealth.

It is, in short, as the New York Times labeled it, "An urgent call to action . . . intended to persuade followers around the world to change their behavior, in hopes of protecting a fragile planet."

With an insightful and informative introduction by Harvard professor Naomi Oreskes, famed for her bestselling Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.

ISBN
9781612195285
By
Pope Francis
Publisher
Melville House
Item Condition
Used, Good
About This Product
Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
1103526
Location
D
Foreclosed America
$6.76
Description
Foreclosed America offers a portrait of the people who lost their homes in the foreclosure crisis-who they are, how and where they live after losing their homes, and what they have to say about their finances, their neighborhoods, and American politics.
ISBN
9780804795135
By
Niedt, Christopher
Publisher
Stanford University Press
Item Condition
Used, Good
About This Product
Moderate edge wear. Binding good. May have marking in text. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We sometimes source from libraries. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.
Item SKU
600520
Location
A
Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope
$27.95
Description
The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of the acclaimed, best-selling Half the Sky now issue a plea--deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans--to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.

With stark poignancy and political dispassion, Tightrope draws us deep into an "other America." The authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About one-quarter of the children on Kristof's old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. And while these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia. But here too are stories about resurgence, among them: Annette Dove, who has devoted her life to helping the teenagers of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, as they navigate the chaotic reality of growing up poor; Daniel McDowell, of Baltimore, whose tale of opioid addiction and recovery suggests that there are viable ways to solve our nation's drug epidemic. These accounts, illustrated with searing images by Lynsey Addario, the award-winning photographer, provide a picture of working-class families needlessly but profoundly damaged as a result of decades of policy mistakes. With their superb, nuanced reportage, Kristof and WuDunn have given us a book that is both riveting and impossible to ignore.

ISBN
9780525655084
By
Wudunn, Sheryl
Publisher
Knopf
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9780525655084
Location
Non-Fiction
Poverty Scholarship: Poor People-Led Theory, Art, Words, and Tears Across Mama Earth
$29.00
Description
The notion of poverty scholarship was born in the calles, prisons, street corners, community centers, welfare offices, shelters, kitchen tables, assembly lines, tenements, favelas, projects, and ghettos--all the places people don't look for educators, experts, leaders, researchers, lecturers, linguists, artists, creative thinkers, writers, and media producers. Poverty skolaz are everywhere. Your mama, your cousin, your elders, your corner-store owner, and your neighborhood recycler may be poverty skolaz. With this book, Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia and other poverty skolaz from the grassroots, poor and indigenous people-led movement and very grassroots non-profit organization, POOR Magazine insert Poverty Scholarship into its proper place so that this crucial lived knowledge can be recognized and understood. Points to solutions based on poverty skolaz' vast experiential knowledge of what works and what can work. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand, and end, poverty and all forms of anti-poor people criminalization, violence and exploitation.
ISBN
9781732925007
By
Poor Magazine Family
Publisher
Poor Press
Item Condition
New
About This Product
New from publisher.
Item SKU
9781732925007
Location
Essays