Popular Poverty Books
Popular Poverty Books
It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! Books about growing up poor in the U. Any ethnicity or cultural group, although I am primarily interested in relatively contemporary narratives, or later, more or less. Where I'm coming from: I grew up probably lower-middle-class though these things are kind of difficult to assess and attended a very fancy college on full scholarship.
In a land of seemingly endless plenty, Growing Up Poor offers a startling and beautiful collection of stories, poems, and essays about growing up without. Searing in their candor, understated, and often unexpectedly moving, the selections range from a young girl's story of growing up in New York's slums at the turn of the twentieth century, to a southern family's struggles during the Depression, to contemporary stories of rural and urban poverty by some of our foremost authors. Thematically organized into four sections--on the material circumstances of poverty, denigration at the hands of others, the working poor, and moments of resolve and resiliency--the book combines the work of experienced authors, many writing autobiographically about their first-hand experience of poverty, with that of students and other contemporary writers. Edited and with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning child psychiatrist Robert Coles, Growing Up Poor gives eloquent voice to those judged not by who they are, but by what they lack. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifelong work on behalf of children, he lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Randy Testa teaches in the education department of Dartmouth College.
Add to GoodReads. Growing up Poor. This ethnographic study looks at teenagers trapped in poverty—how some succeed in the struggle to get out and others finally give up trying. The neighborhoods where they live are socially and racially diverse. Among them are white areas slding into poverty as traditional blue-collar jobs in smokestack industries fade away, and black and Hispanic neighborhoods where chronic unemployment has long been the prevailing tradition and fact of life.
He and Randy Testa have assembled a remarkable selection of these narratives—both fictional and all too real—in the challenging yet ultimately hopeful collection Growing Up Poor. - Many of us at Oxfam eat books up like we do candy from the communal office candy jar.
The New York Times today ran a groundbreaking story about a year-old child who, growing up in a Brooklyn homeless shelter, leads something of a modern Dickensian existence. While stories about the poor do not run as often as they should, they also constitute something of a prestige genre in nonfiction writing. Many of the great names in journalism have been those who have doggedly pursued the stories of the poor. The appeal of these stories is the way they challenge others; the focus on humanistic detail with which they necessarily qualify the established narratives about poverty — you know, all those slogans politicians shout about bootstraps and the like. The irony is how seldom these powerful narratives actually seem to move the gears of power. It took him three years of reporting to tell their story.
Image Source. What causes poverty? And what can be done about it? Social scientists, researchers and even novelists fiction have tackled the subject, but poverty, as we all know is a world-wide ages-old problem that is extensive and complex. So what is one to do? How can this brightest of all generations begin to tackle this problem? Many of the 50 books that follow offer pathways to a solution; other books simply explain the problem in very stark terms, through the lives of the poor.