$2.00 a Day

$2.00 a Day : Living on Almost Nothing in America

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Arevelatory accountof poverty in America so deep that we, as a country, don t think it exists
Jessica Compton s family of four would have no cash income unless she donated plasma twice a week at her local donation center in Tennessee.Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago often have no food but spoiled milk on weekends.After two decades of brilliant research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn t seen since the mid-1990s households surviving on virtually no income. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on calculating incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American households, including about 3 million children.Where do these families live? How did they get so desperately poor? Edin has turned sociology upside down ("Mother Jones") with her procurement of rich and truthful interviews.Through the book s many compelling profiles, moving and startling answers emerge.The authors illuminate a troubling trend: a low-wage labor market that increasingly fails to deliver a living wage, and a growing but hiddenlandscape ofsurvival strategies among America s extreme poor.More than a powerful expose, "$2.00 a Day "delivers new evidence and new ideas to our national debate on income inequality."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 25mm | 453.59g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0544303180
  • 9780544303188
  • 631,194

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A remarkable book that could very well change the way we think about poverty in the United States . . . This essential book is a call to action, and one hopes it will accomplish what Michael Harrington s The Other Americans achieved in the late 1960s arousing both the nation s consciousness and conscience about the plight of a growing number of invisible citizens. The rise of such absolute poverty since the passage of welfare reform belies all the categorical talk about opportunity and the American dream.
" The New York Times Book Review"
"With any luck (calling Bernie Sanders) this important book will spark election year debate over how America cares for its most vulnerable."
" Mother Jones"
Affluent Americans often cherish the belief that poverty in America is far more comfortable than poverty in the rest of the world. Edin and Shaefer's devastating account of life at $2 or less a day blows that myth out of the water. This is world class poverty at a level that should mobilize not only national alarm, but international attention. Barbara Ehrenreich, author of "Nickeled and Dimed"
"In "$2.00 A Day," Kathy Edin and Luke Shaefer reveal a shameful truth about our prosperous nation: many far too many get by on what many of us spend on coffee each day. It's a chilling book, and should be essential reading for all of us."
Alex Kotlowitz, author of "There Are No Children Here"
Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer deliver an incisive pocket history of 1990s welfare reform and then blow the lid off what has happened in the decades afterward. Edin s and Shaefer s portraits of people in Chicago, Mississippi, Tennessee, Baltimore, and more forced into underground, damaging survival strategies, here in first-world America, are truly chilling. This is income inequality in America at its most stark and most hidden.
Michael Eric Dyson, author of "Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster"
Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer, with compelling statistics and wrenching human stories, illustrate how with incomes farbelow thepayof low-wage jobs thatcripplesfamilies by the millions a shocking number of Americans live in an almost unimaginable depth of poverty, with near-zero incomes.We have let the bottom go out of the American economy. This powerful book should be required reading for everyone.
Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center and author, "So Rich So Poor: Why It s So Hard to End Poverty in America "
This searing look at extreme poverty deftly mixes policy research and heartrending narratives... Mixing academic seriousness and deft journalistic storytelling, this work may well move readers to positive action.
"Publishers Weekly," starred review
An eye-opening account of the lives ensnared in the new poverty cycle.
"Kirkus Reviews"
A close-up, heartbreaking look at rising poverty and income inequality in the U.S.
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