World Out of Focus – Reading for 2017

  • Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, $2.00 a Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 210 pp.

The number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day has sky rocketed to 1.5 American households.  What do they do to survive?

  • Matthew Desmond, Evicted, Poverty and Profit in the American City. Crown, 2016. 418 pp.

Today most poor renting families are spending more than half their income on rent and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers.  A sociologist looks at 8 families on the edge in Milwaukee.

  • Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land, Anger and Mourning on the American Right. The New Press, 2016. 351 pp.

A sociologist listens and reflects on the powerful feelings that over-ride self-interest in arch-conservative bayou country.

  • TA-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me. Spiegel & Grau, 2015. 152 pp.

What is it like to inhabit a black body given all the history and burdens and to find a way to live within it?

  • Omar Saif Ghobash, Letter to a Young Muslim. Picador, 2016. 244 pp.

How can moderate Muslims unite to find voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world? Ultimately, what does it mean to be a good Muslim?

  • D. Vance. Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Harper Collins, 2016. 261 pp.

Personal memoir and meditation on the loss of the American dream for many in post-industrial America.