Hooray! I read a non-fiction book this past month! I always have one going, but usually take my time reading it. However, Evicted by Matthew Desmond was fascinating and read like a novel at times. He won the Pulitzer Prize for this book last year. It is about the housing situation for the poor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which basically reflects the housing situations across the country.
The author spent two years living in housing among eight poor families observing their difficulties navigating the never-ending cycle of renting, being evicted, making rent, living in shelters, then trying to find another place to live. The stories were fascinating and heart-breaking. Reading how poverty influences every aspect of ones' life was eye-opening. It was estimated that 70-80% of their income was spent on housing. Imagine how one could raise a family with that kind of obstacle. Reading about the other side-the landlords, rental managers, etc.-was also eye-opening.
I also really like that at the end of the book, the author has actual suggestions for easing these burdens. This book needs to be taken very seriously by everyone.