Book Review: ‘Evicted’

Parul Sehgal of The New York Times Book Review checks out “Evicted” by Mathew Desmond in NY1’s The Book Reader.

“Evicted” takes a powerful new look at poverty in America and critics are calling it a 21st century update to the classic, “How the Other Half Lives.”

The Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond has spent eight years studying what he calls an ‘epidemic of evictions.’ For many of the families he follows in the book, rent consumes up to 80 percent of their income.

Basic shelter, he finds, has become a major cause of poverty.

“Evicted” is reviewed on the cover of this week’s New York Times Book Review by Barbara Ehrenreich, who calls the book “astonishing” and praises it as a work of scholarship as well as journalism -- one that evokes the incredible cruelty in the act of eviction and a world where landlords profit off the abjection and silence of their tenants.

Evicted reveals that “poverty in America has become a lucrative business with appalling results.”

Charter Spectrum customers get full access
to all our video, including our live stream.

Tune to Spectrum News NY1 on TV, online, on our app, or on Local On Demand Channel 1020 for:

Road to City Hall, Mon.-Fri. at 7pm and 10pm
The Call, Mon.-Fri. at 9pm and 3am
In Focus with Cheryl Wills, Sun. at 10:30am & 3:30pm
The New York Times Close Up, Sat. at 2pm and 10pm
• On Stage, Sat.-Sun. 9:30am & 7:30pm + Tues. 12:30am
• Talking Pictures, Sat. & Sun. 12:30am + Sat. 12:30pm
Sports on 1, nightly at 11:35pm and 4am