I’m taking us back to 2021 for this one! Keep reading to see a brief summary about the books that were my favorite and why.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
In his book, Desmond uses rigorous sociological research and ethnography to show the brutal truth of poverty in America. It is written so well and does a fantastic job of capturing the individual experiences of tenets and landlords while at the same time showing how their experiences and decisions are intertwined. The stories are so unbelievable that they almost read like fiction. Fortunately I live worlds away from what was described in these pages so the truth of it, the unforgiving honesty in the facts, was equal parts shocking and depressing.
Before I jump into a discussion about my favorite books, I wanted to share my favorite genres of books so you can get an idea about what I’ll be posting. When I was younger, I loved fiction books. I couldn’t get enough of the Pretty Little Liars series, the Twilight Saga series (I think I even had a “Team Edward” shirt), the Clique series, and the Hunger Games series. All of these books and more that I read when I was younger still take up an entire bookshelf in my house.
A few years ago, my genre preference shifted to nonfiction. I remember getting a book recommendation from a friend in college and I absolutely loved it (the book was Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink). My genre preference got more specific after I finished it – I began to look for books to read that were similar to this topic and writing style. Fink is a journalist, and her book was a great example of investigative journalism. I can’t exactly remember what led me to The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, but once I started reading it I knew I needed to find similar books. I posted a photo of it on Instagram and that’s when Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City was recommended to me. Other books similar to these that I love include What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, The Other Side of the River, and Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America. I’m currently reading Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty. To me, all of these have the same style of writing as Fink’s and they cover actual events that have happened or are still happening. I’ve grown to be obsessed with these types of books.