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Librarian's Choice Book Club

Join Carolina for a lively book club where we will be discussing "Poverty, By America" by Matthew Desmond. 

The United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Why? Why does this land of plenty allow one in every eight of its children to go without basic necessities, permit scores of its citizens to live and die on the streets, and authorize its corporations to pay poverty wages?

In this landmark book, acclaimed sociologist Matthew Desmond draws on history, research, and original reporting to show how affluent Americans knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor. Those of us who are financially secure exploit the poor, driving down their wages while forcing them to overpay for housing and access to cash and credit. We prioritize the subsidization of our wealth over the alleviation of poverty, designing a welfare state that gives the most to those who need the least. And we stockpile opportunity in exclusive communities, creating zones of concentrated riches alongside those of concentrated despair. Some lives are made small so that others may grow.

 

Date:
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Time:
7:30pm - 8:30pm
BCCLS Library:
Fair Lawn's Maurice M. Pine Library
Online:
This is an online event.
Event URL:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84304119430?pwd=QmJrT2NwaDlMc3pLVzVhUEJBNGNVdz09
Categories:
  Adult  

Registration is required. There are 16 seats available.

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