A Framework for Understanding Poverty
by Ruby K Payne
Payne discusses at length the social cues or "hidden rules" that govern how we think and interact in society - and the significance of those rules in a classroom. Framework also illuminates differences between generational poverty and situational poverty.
Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
by Jonathan Kozol
In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace , and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
This is the story of Barbara Ehrenreich's attempts to eke out a living while working as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart associate. Funny, poignant, and passionate, this revelatory firsthand account of life in low-wage America has become an essential part of the nation's political discourse.
The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives
by Sasha Abramsky
In many ways, for the majority of Americans, financial insecurity has become the new norm. The American Way of Poverty shines a light on this travesty. Sasha Abramsky brings the effects of economic inequality out of the shadows and, ultimately, suggests ways for moving toward a fairer and more equitable social contract.