Though only recently released, this book had been on my wish list, and so when it came up on Blogging for Books, I was really excited. It's one of my favorite genres — basically a documentary in book form, telling a story and having an impact.
It's the story of several people, in all kinds of circumstances (but generally all in poverty), struggling with eviction in Milwaukee. As you can imagine, these are not good stories — and they make the point you would expect — eviction is bad, poverty is bad, we should do something to fix this (and it actually makes some suggestions for doing so).
The stories are compelling; I have a number of notes and dog-ears, especially the sections discussing the disproportionate effect such evictions have on women (single moms and their kids). The best part maybe the epilogue, where you learn exactly how this story was achieved — a fantastic story in itself. To some extent, I almost wish I had read it first.
Eviction is not an issue that faces me day to day, or even one that I have ever truly faced. But I certainly can hold on to the idea of "home" — and how it's a base for the rest of your life. For that reason alone, I am so glad I read this book.
The website gives some great other information to get lost in...
As usual, I received the book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review, but all views are my own.