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Recommendations Round-up: Class & Poverty

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Each month, we publish a list of recommendations related to our current theme for further reading. These recommendations are sourced from the DBC community.

Thank you for such excellent suggestions for our April 2018 theme of Class & Poverty! Overall, we received 45 unique recommendations: 30 fiction and 15 nonfiction

I've compiled the titles here by type, then by fiction and nonfiction. Asterisks mark our selections for the month! What will you add to your TBR? 


Nonfiction (15)

  • $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn Edin
  •  All Over But the Shoutin', by Rich Bragg
  •  And Still We Rise:: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City Students, by Miles Corwin
  •  Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, by Liz Murray
  •  Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
  •  Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance
  •  Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
  •  Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat, by Patricia Williams
  •  Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
  •  Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, by John Freeman
  •  The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
  •  The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir, by Ruth Wariner
  •  The Working Poor: Invisible in America, by David K. Shipler
  •  There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, by Alex Kotlowitz
  •  White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg

Fiction (9)

  • A Girl In Traffick, by Mamta Jain Valderrama
  •  Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate
  •  Home, by Amanda Berriman
  •  Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
  •  Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward*
  •  Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward
  •  The Animators, by Kayla Rae Whitaker
  •  The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck
  •  Winter's Bone, by Daniel Woodrell

Young Adult

Fiction (7)

  • Bronx Masquerade, by Nikki Grimes
  •  Can't Get There from Here, by Todd Strasser
  •  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sanchez 
  •  The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
  •  The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
  •  Trash, by Andy Mulligan
  •  When I Was the Greatest, by Jason Reynolds

Middle Grade

Fiction (9)

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
  •  Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate*
  •  Death by Toilet Paper, by Donna Gephart
  •  Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan
  •  Free Verse, by Sarah Dooley
  •  Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt
  •  Paper Things, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  •  The End of the Wild, by Nicole Helget
  •  The Exact Location of Home, by Kate Messner

Picture Books

Fiction (5)

  • Fly Away Home, by Eve Bunting*
  •  Maddi's Fridge, by Lois Brandt
  •  Still a Family: A Story about Homelessness, by Brenda Reeves Sturgis*
  •  The Tooth, by Avi Slodovnick*
  •  Those Shoes, by Maribeth Boelts