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Jimmy "Rent Is Too Damn High" McMillan: Notable Titles of Poverty and Living Poor

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    WELFARE BRAT

    MAY 1, 2005

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

WELFARE BRAT

by Mary Childers

Childers’s very specific portrait of a time and place makes for a valuable piece of social history, as well as a potent... Full review >

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    NICKEL AND DIMED

    MAY 8, 2001

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

NICKEL AND DIMED

by Barbara Ehrenreich

Sharp, empathetic, astute, Ehrenreich speaks loudly and eloquently for a group of workers who are often too tired and too... Full review >

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    BEAUTY BEFORE COMFORT

    MAY 6, 2003

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

BEAUTY BEFORE COMFORT

by Allison Glock

A memoir as elemental as its subject: pulsing, fetching, leaving a strong afterglow. (20 photos) Full review >

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    LIFE ON THE OUTSIDE

    MARCH 1, 2004

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

LIFE ON THE OUTSIDE

by Jennifer Gonnerman

Powerful stuff, grievously well rendered: Bartlett seems to be a remarkable survivor. Full review >

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    THE MISSING CLASS

    SEPT. 1, 2007

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE MISSING CLASS

by Katherine S. Newman and Victor Ten Chen

The many fragmented individual stories tend to blur together, but the message comes through loud and clear. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF POVERTY IN AMERICA

    NOV. 1, 2008

  • NONFICTION

    BROKE, USA

    JUNE 8, 2010

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

BROKE, USA

by Gary Rivlin

A wildly frustrating and timely book appropriate for most readers. Full review >

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    THE WORKING POOR

    FEB. 6, 2004

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE WORKING POOR

by David K. Shipler

A sobering work of investigation, as incisive—and necessary—as kindred reports by Michael Harrington, Jacob Riis, and... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE SKY ISN’T VISIBLE FROM HERE

    FEB. 5, 2008

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE SKY ISN’T VISIBLE FROM HERE

by Felicia C. Sullivan

Sullivan’s bracing, pared-to-the-bone prose evokes compassion by being impressively free of the narcissistic self-worship... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    POOR PEOPLE

    MARCH 1, 2007

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POOR PEOPLE

by William T. Vollmann

Snapshots of people no one wants to think about, written with great candor by someone unafraid to reveal his own fears and... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE GLASS CASTLE

    APRIL 1, 2005

NONFICTION

THE GLASS CASTLE

by Jeannette Walls

A pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, thoroughly American story. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TRAVELING LIGHT

    SEPT. 1, 2008

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

TRAVELING LIGHT

by Kath Weston

A gritty portrait of hard-pressed people moving through some of the least attractive real estate in America. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

    SEPT. 1, 2007

TEEN

THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

by Sherman Alexie & illustrated by Ellen Forney

Junior’s keen cartoons sprinkle the pages as his fluid narration deftly mingles raw feeling with funny, sardonic insight. Full review >

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