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Evicted, the 2018 Reading Together selection

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

This landmark work of scholarship and reportage takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind.

The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, "Love don't pay the bills." She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas. Learn more...

Meet the Author: Dr. Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond
  • Friday, March 16, 2018
  • 7 pm - 9 pm
  • Chenery Auditorium, 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Free event. No ticket required.
  • Books may be purchased at the event
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Meet the Important People in Evicted »

Evicted is a work of nonfiction that features real people—tenants and landlords—living in Milwaukee. Because the chapters alternate from one family to another then back again, it can be difficult to keep track of everyone's story. These descriptions might help. (Source: Learn more...

Local Resources for People Facing Homelessness »

A brief list of the homeless shelters and services that provide help to those in need in the Greater Kalamazoo area, including transitional resources for the homeless and food assistance. Learn more...

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The purpose of Reading Together is to build a stronger community with deeper connections through the common experience of reading the same book and exploring its themes together. When we do that, we engage and learn, not only about ourselves, but more importantly about each other and the world around us.

One Book, One Community

By experiencing the same book, hearing the author of that work speak right here in Kalamazoo, and delving deeper into the books' themes, we are able to embrace our similarities and differences from a common point of reference.

Very simply, when we read together, we grow together. Learn more...

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