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Matthew Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and codirector of the Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he is the author of the award-winning book On the Fireline, coauthor of two books on race, and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in America. His work has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune. In 2015, Desmond was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant.
"Astonishing... Desmond has set a new standard for reporting on poverty." --Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Book Review "After reading Evicted, you'll realize you cannot have a serious conversation about poverty without talking about housing.... The book is that good, and it's that unignorable."--Jennifer Senior, New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2016 "This book gave me a better sense of what it is like to be very poor in this country than anything else I have read... It is beautifully written, thought-provoking, and unforgettable."--Bill Gates "My God, what [Evicted] lays bare about American poverty. It is devastating and infuriating and a necessary read."--Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and Difficult Women "Written with the vividness of a novel, [Evicted] offers a dark mirror of middle-class America's obsession with real estate, laying bare the workings of the low end of the market, where evictions have become just another part of an often lucrative business model."--Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times "In spare and penetrating prose... Desmond has made it impossible to consider poverty without grappling with the role of housing. This pick [as best book of 2016] was not close."--Carlos Lozada, Washington Post "An essential piece of reportage about poverty and profit in urban America."--Geoff Dyer, The Guardian's Best Holiday Reads 2016 "It doesn't happen every week (or every month, or even year), but every once in a while a book comes along that changes the national conversation... Evicted looks to be one of those books." --Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review "Should be required reading in an election year, or any other."--Entertainment Weekly "Powerful, monstrously effective... the power of this book abides in the indelible impression left by its stories."--Jill Leovy, The American Scholar "Gripping and important...[Desmond's] portraits are vivid and unsettling.--Jason DeParle, New York Review of Books "An exquisitely crafted, meticulously researched exploration of life on the margins, providing a voice to people who have been shamefully ignored--or, worse, demonized--by opinion makers over the course of decades." --The Boston Globe "[An] impressive work of scholarship.... As Mr. Desmond points out, eviction has been neglected by urban sociologists, so his account fills a gap. His methodology is scrupulous."--Wall Street JournalKirkus Prize for Nonfiction FinalistWinner of the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Book AwardWinner of the 800-CEO-READ Book Award -- Current Events & Public AffairsWinner of the American Bar Association's 2017 Silver Gavel AwardOne of The Los Angeles Times' 10 Most Important Books of 2016A New York Times Editors' ChoiceOne of Wall Street Journal's Hottest Spring Nonfiction BooksOne of O: The Oprah Magazine's 10 Titles to Pick Up NowOne of Vulture's 8 Books You Need to Read This MonthOne of BuzzFeed's 14 Most Buzzed About Books of 2016One of The Guardian's Best Holiday Reads 2016