Eviction riots erupted during the Depression, even though the number of poor families who faced eviction each year was a fraction of what it is today. A New York Times account of a community resistance to the eviction of three Bronx families in February 1932 observed, “Probably because of the cold, the crowd numbered only 1,000.”

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

I started reading this book today after hearing a lot about it and getting a review copy from Netgalley. It’s in “my discipline”–everywhere they talk about Matthew Desmond, he’s the “Harvard sociologist”–and the jargon-y word for this type of book is ethnography. What that means is that, so far at least, it focuses on people’s stories. I think people who don’t usually read nonfiction or academic books would find it very readable since there’s a “story” and “characters” (albeit with real people) and not a lot of facts and figures getting tossed around.

Teaser Tuesday is a book meme hosted at Books and a Beat


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