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Adults’ Book Recommendations:

Voices of those Experiencing Poverty and Homelessness



Before We Were Yours

  • Lisa Wingate


  • Tupelo Hassman

Gun Love

  • Jennifer Clement

Little Family

  • Ishmael Beah

Salvage the Bones

  • Jesmyn Ward


  • Lynn Steger Strong



$2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

  • Kathryn Edin

The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives

  • Sasha Abramsky

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

  • Matt Taibbi


  • Tara Westover

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

  • Matthew Desmond

The Glass Castle

  • Jeannette Walls

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America

  • Linda Tirado

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

  • J.D. Vance

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and A Mother’s Will to Survive

  • Stephanie Land

Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America

  • Barbara Ehrenreich

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century

  • Jessica Bruder

Not A Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America

  • Peter B. Edelman

On the Clock: What Low-wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane

  • Emily Guendelsberger

The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto

  • Tavis Smiley

This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home

  • Lauren Sandler

Those Who Wander: America’s Lost Street Kids

  • Vivian Ho

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

  • Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, & Threatens Our Future

  • Thomas Shapiro

Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets

  • Lars Eighner

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

  • Nancy Isenberg