You are here

On Exhibit at Robeson Library: Rutgers Reads: Evicted by Matthew Desmond

August 29, 2019
Promotional exhibit image

In Evicted, Desmond takes readers into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge.

Rutgers Reads: Evicted by Matthew Desmond is on display at Paul Robeson Library now through October 31, 2019.

The 2019 selection for Rutgers Reads is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Desmond takes readers 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.

Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, Desmond’s masterful book won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. Evicted transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. To learn more about Matthew Desmond, please visit our Research Guide.

Rutgers Reads provides incoming first-year students with a shared, intellectually engaging experience and serves as an introduction to academic life at Rutgers University–Camden. Each year, a small committee convenes to discuss and decide on a selection, which is then incorporated into the English and writing curriculum for all first-year undergraduate students. The Office of New Student Programs provides these incoming students with a copy of the Rutgers Reads book before they begin their first semester at Rutgers University–Camden.