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...And This Is How It Ends: The True Story of Minivans, Switchblade Combs, and the Homeless

...And This Is How It Ends: The True Story of Minivans, Switchblade Combs, and the Homeless Lowest new price: $14.53
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Author: Jen Sky

Their journey with the homeless started with RATS…the size of cats that can eat through tin cans and coolers. It’s Pittsburgh, 2016, not a far off third world country, but that’s what it seems like because they’re talking about feeding people on the streets outside…in the middle of winter. Encounter people living as no person should, hear their stories, and become transformed in the process.

…And This Is How It Ends is the emotionally gripping true-story of a group of volunteers who started off serving meals in a park, and eventually began visiting homeless camps, interrupting drug deals, and encountering street fights.

Are the homeless a problem, or are they people with lives and stories just like you?

Praise For ...And This Is How It Ends

"With keen insight and evident compassion, Jen Sky narrates her journey of coming to know, understand, befriend, and care for the women, children, and men who live at the margins of our cities. The stories she shares are as intense as they are enlightening. Jen doesn't shy away from the complexities and messiness, but instead seeks to see clearly, asking "What does it mean to really love my neighbors as myself?" and "What does it really mean to be an advocate for those on the margins?" All who read this book will come away changed, and inspired to go and do likewise."
--Michael Yankoski, Author of Under the Overpass

"Jen Sky began by asking herself what she could do to help the homeless people she saw wandering the streets of her town, sleeping under the bridges and hiding in the trees of the local parks. As we follow her on this compassionate and eye-opening journey, we begin to see the homeless as individuals who have fallen out of relationship with themselves and with those around them.

Jen and her neighbors banded together to offer food and comfort where and when it was most needed. This simple act of kindness opened the doorway to a world that most of us ignore or do not want to enter.

The insights she has gained are invaluable to anyone who has glimpsed a homeless person spending the night out in the open and asked: 'What can I do to help?'"
--Robin Moore- Author and Faculty Member, The Graduate Institute for Writing and Oral Traditions; Author of the Year, PA School Librarians Association

"Jen Sky's honest sharing allows the reader to know the homeless - not just of them. Her accounts and observations lead us to face a truth we are afraid to see. The author admits there is no easy answer to all the issues involved in this ministry, but she is wise enough to leave the unanswered questions in the hands of God."
--Mary "Mayme" Bulger, Author of GOD EXPECTS ME, Living the Reality of Life by Embracing the Reality of God

"Not only a beautiful testament to the serving nature of those who desire to reach those in need, but a story of personal transformation. Jen Sky truly catches us the contradictions of the heart in the tender situations we encounter when helping the homeless. Oh how I love this book!"
--Dana Falletti, Author of Beautiful Secret and The Whisper Trilogy


Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard Lowest new price: $5.85
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Author: Liz Murray
Brand: Hachette Books

Breaking night: (Urban slang) staying up through the night, until the sun rises

Breaking Night is the stunning memoir of a young woman who at age fifteen was living on the streets, and who eventually made it into Harvard.

Liz Murray was born to loving but drug-addicted parents in the Bronx. In school she was taunted for her dirty clothing and lice-infested hair, eventually skipping so many classes that she was put into a girls' home. At age fifteen, Liz found herself on the streets when her family finally unraveled. She learned to scrape by, foraging for food and riding subways all night to have a warm place to sleep.

When Liz's mother died of AIDS, she decided to take control of her own destiny and go back to high school, often completing her assignments in the hallways and subway stations where she slept. Liz squeezed four years of high school into two, while homeless; won a New York Times scholarship; and made it into the Ivy League. Breaking Night is an unforgettable and beautifully written story of one young woman's indomitable spirit to survive and prevail, against all odds.

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$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America Lowest new price: $7.77
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Author: Kathryn J. Edin
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

“A remarkable book that could very well change the way we think about poverty in the United States.” — New York Times Book Review

“Powerful . . . Presents a deeply moving human face that brings the stunning numbers to life. It is an explosive book . . . The stories will make you angry and break your heart.” — American Prospect 
 

Jessica Compton’s family of four would have no income if she didn’t donate plasma twice a week at her local donation center in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter, Brianna, in Chicago, often have no food but spoiled milk on weekends.

After two decades of brilliant research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen before — households surviving on virtually no cash income. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on calculating incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million households, including about three million children.

Where do these families live? How did they get so desperately poor? Through this book’s eye-opening analysis and many compelling profiles, moving and startling answers emerge. $2.00 a Day delivers new evidence and new ideas to our national debate on income inequality.
 
“Harrowing . . . [An] important and heart-rending book, in the tradition of Michael Harrington’s The Other America.” — Los Angeles Times

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The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World Lowest new price: $4.75
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Author: Jacqueline Novogratz
Brand: Rodale Press

The Blue Sweater is the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it. It all started back home in Virginia, with the blue sweater, a gift that quickly became her prized possession—until the day she outgrew it and gave it away to Goodwill. Eleven years later in Africa, she spotted a young boy wearing that very sweater, with her name still on the tag inside. That the sweater had made its trek all the way to Rwanda was ample evidence, she thought, of how we are all connected, how our actions—and inaction—touch people every day across the globe, people we may never know or meet.
From her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of the trailblazing organization she runs today, Novogratz tells gripping stories with unforgettable characters—women dancing in a Nairobi slum, unwed mothers starting a bakery, courageous survivors of the Rwandan genocide, entrepreneurs building services for the poor against impossible odds.

She shows, in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking, how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient and can change millions of lives. More than just an autobiography or a how-to guide to addressing poverty, The Blue Sweater is a call to action that challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world.

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Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professional and Communities

Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professional and Communities Lowest new price: $15.98
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Author: Philip E. DeVol
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Bridges Out of Poverty is a unique and powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, and legal services professionals. Based in part on Dr. Ruby K. Payne's myth shattering A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Bridges reaches out to the millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty. In a highly readable format you'll find case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and exercises, and specific solutions you and your organization can implement right now to: Redesign programs to better serve people you work with Build skill sets for management to help guide employees Upgrade training for front-line staff like receptionists, case workers, and managers; Improve treatment outcomes in health care and behavioral health care; Increase the likelihood of moving from welfare to work. If your business, agency, or organization works with people from poverty, only a deeper understanding of their challenges-and strengths-will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success.

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Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty Lowest new price: $5.08
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Author: Abhijit Banerjee
Brand: PublicAffairs

Two practical visionaries upend the most common assumptions about how economics works in this gripping and disruptive portrait of how poor people actually live.

Why do the poor borrow to save? Why do they miss out on free life-saving immunizations, but pay for unnecessary drugs? In Poor Economics, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two award-winning MIT professors, answer these questions based on years of field research from around the world. Called "marvelous, rewarding" by the Wall Street Journal, the book offers a radical rethinking of the economics of poverty and an intimate view of life on 99 cents a day. Poor Economics shows that creating a world without poverty begins with understanding the daily decisions facing the poor.

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Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America

Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America Lowest new price: $17.65
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Author: Mary Otto
Brand: NEW PRESS


An NPR Best Book of 2017

"[Teeth is] . . . more than an exploration of a two-tiered system―it is a call for sweeping, radical change."
—New York Times Book Review


“Show me your teeth,” the great naturalist Georges Cuvier is credited with saying, “and I will tell you who you are.” In this shattering new work, veteran health journalist Mary Otto looks inside America’s mouth, revealing unsettling truths about our unequal society.

Teeth takes readers on a disturbing journey into America’s silent epidemic of oral disease, exposing the hidden connections between tooth decay and stunted job prospects, low educational achievement, social mobility, and the troubling state of our public health. Otto’s subjects include the pioneering dentist who made Shirley Temple and Judy Garland’s teeth sparkle on the silver screen and helped create the all-American image of “pearly whites”; Deamonte Driver, the young Maryland boy whose tragic death from an abscessed tooth sparked congressional hearings; and a marketing guru who offers advice to dentists on how to push new and expensive treatments and how to keep Medicaid patients at bay.

In one of its most disturbing findings, Teeth reveals that toothaches are not an occasional inconvenience, but rather a chronic reality for millions of people, including disproportionate numbers of the elderly and people of color. Many people, Otto reveals, resort to prayer to counteract the uniquely devastating effects of dental pain.

Otto also goes back in time to understand the roots of our predicament in the history of dentistry, showing how it became separated from mainstream medicine, despite a century of growing evidence that oral health and general bodily health are closely related.

Muckraking and paradigm-shifting, Teeth exposes for the first time the extent and meaning of our oral health crisis. It joins the small shelf of books that change the way we view society and ourselves—and will spark an urgent conversation about why our teeth matter.

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Class: A Guide Through the American Status System

Class: A Guide Through the American Status System Lowest new price: $9.83
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Author: Paul Fussell
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The bestselling, comprehensive, and carefully researched guide to the ins-and-outs of the American class system with a detailed look at the defining factors of each group, from customs to fashion to housing.

Based on careful research and told with grace and wit, Paul Fessell shows how everything people within American society do, say, and own reflects their social status. Detailing the lifestyles of each class, from the way they dress and where they live to their education and hobbies, Class is sure to entertain, enlighten, and occasionally enrage readers as they identify their own place in society and see how the other half lives.

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Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap (Multicultural Education Series)

Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap (Multicultural Education Series) Lowest new price: $28.45
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Author: Paul C. Gorski

This influential book describes the knowledge and skills teachers and school administrators need to recognize and combat bias and inequity that undermine educational engagement for students experiencing poverty.

The Second Edition features two new chapters―“Embracing a Structural View of Poverty and Education: Ditching Deficit Ideology and Quitting Grit” and “Cultivating School Change through Equity Literacy: Commitments and Strategies for School and District Leaders”―plus extensive revisions throughout based on newly available research and lessons from the author’s professional development work. Gorski outlines the dangers of “grit” and deficit perspectives as responses to educational disparities; offers research-informed, on-the-ground strategies for teaching and leading with equity literacy; and provides expanded lists of resources and readings to support transformative equity work in high-poverty and mixed-class schools.

Written in an engaging, conversational style that makes complex concepts accessible, this book will help readers learn how to recognize and respond to even the subtlest inequities in their classrooms, schools, and districts.

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  • Offers a research-informed alternative to popular simplistic approaches that undermine genuine efforts at educational equity.
  • Outlines evidence-based strategies, policies, and practices that strengthen the educational success of students experiencing poverty.
  • Incorporates vignettes to help readers reflect on key points and apply the Equity Literacy framework to classroom- and school-based scenarios.
  • Embraces an intersectional approach to recognizing how class and poverty interact with race, gender, language, (dis)ability, and other dimensions of identity and experience.
  • Includes an updated Poverty and Class Awareness Quiz.

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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets Lowest new price: $6.50
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Author: Sudhir Venkatesh
Brand: Penguin Books

A New York Times Bestseller

Foreword by Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of
Freakonomics

When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing projects, he hoped to find a few people willing to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty--and impress his professors with his boldness. He never imagined that as a result of this assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade embedded inside the projects under JT’s protection. From a privileged position of unprecedented access, Venkatesh observed JT and the rest of his gang as they operated their crack-selling business, made peace with their neighbors, evaded the law, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang’s complex hierarchical structure. Examining the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, and often corrupt struggle to survive in an urban war zone, Gang Leader for a Day also tells the story of the complicated friendship that develops between Venkatesh and JT--two young and ambitious men a universe apart.

"Riveting."--The New York Times

"Compelling... dramatic... Venkatesh gives readers a window into a way of life that few Americans understand."--Newsweek

"An eye-opening account into an underserved city within the city."--Chicago Tribune

"The achievement of Gang Leader for a Day is to give the dry statistics a raw, beating heart."--The Boston Globe

"A rich portrait of the urban poor, drawn not from statistics but from viivd tales of their lives and his, and how they intertwined."--The Economist

"A sensative, sympathetic, unpatronizing portrayal of lives that are ususally ignored or lumped into ill-defined stereotype."--Finanical Times

Sudhir Venkatesh’s latest book Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy--a memoir of sociological investigation revealing the true face of America’s most diverse city--was published in September 2013 by Penguin Press


 

 

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