Impact University: Portraits of Poverty

Portraits of Poverty

Hand to Mouth >

In her book, Tirado renders the experience of poverty and how that experience unfairly includes many Americans' misperceptions about poverty's causes. Dispelling myths of laziness, Tirado honestly presents the daily experiences of tens of millions of America's low-wage workers.


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.

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