Popular Poverty Books
Ricky Gervais on Growing Up Poor
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It's Metafilter's 20th anniversary! To celebrate, scan some cats or help fund Mefi! Books about growing up poor in the U. Any ethnicity or cultural group, although I am primarily interested in relatively contemporary narratives, or later, more or less. Where I'm coming from: I grew up probably lower-middle-class though these things are kind of difficult to assess and attended a very fancy college on full scholarship. I'm feeling both out of touch with where I came from and searching for common expressions of my experience, both my experience as a kid and of the growing out of poorness, since I'm on a path that could lead to being at least middle-class if I want to be. I'm also interested in gaining a better understanding of the context, being able to better place my experience within the broader economic system in the U.
Image Source. What causes poverty? And what can be done about it? Social scientists, researchers and even novelists fiction have tackled the subject, but poverty, as we all know is a world-wide ages-old problem that is extensive and complex. So what is one to do?
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Many of us at Oxfam eat books up like we do candy from the communal office candy jar. So when a few of us started comparing notes on what books were on our list for , we had an idea. What if we came together to share some of our favorite books with each other—and with you. The only catch? All of the books below with descriptions provided by their publishers come recommended by at least one Oxfam staff member and in some cases, many staff members! Happy reading! In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.