Impact University: Books


All Over but the Shoutin’ >

Bragg, Rick. All Over but the Shoutin' (1998). Bragg's memoir is a triumphant and compassionate meditation on both ways in which poverty is experienced and remembered. With searing prose and insight, Bragg asks ultimately how, and what, does it mean to be a family.


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America >

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America (2011). In this seminal book, Ehrenreich's investigation of "low-rent" American jobs and spaces reveals the paradoxes in how Americans think about, and work toward, prosperity.


Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation >

Kozol, Jonathan. Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and Conscious of a Nation (1995). Kozol's classic book on life in the South Bronx, America's poorest urban neighborhood neighborhood, unflinchingly presents urban poverty and, simultaneously, the children who resist and disprove poverty's worst stereotypes.


No Slack: The Financial Lives of Low-Income Americans >

Barr's analysis of America's recent financial crisis traces the history of its causes, and identifies the continuing influences of these forces on both financial structures and individual behavior. The most vulnerable, Barr contends, continue to shoulder our collapsed financial system.


Insufficient Funds: Savings, Assets, Credit, and Banking Among Low-Income Households >

As editors, Blank and Barr invite cross-disciplinary thinkers to approach the question: What forces deny access to financial responsibility for low-income households? This volume reconfigures notions of poverty, revealing inevitable--sometimes invisible--tensions between our citizenry and financial structures.

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