Reviews and Blog Posts: poverty

Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption

by Bryan Stevenson

A well-written, fantastic book cover to cover! Bryan Stevenson is a committed lawyer working in the American South. Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting for the poor and children who are incarcerated in adult prisons. He is compassionate toward every convict he takes on, especially wrongly convicted juvenile offenders...

Unnatural causes is inequality making us sick?

Reviewer Rating:
4

In October I posted a book review for The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less.  This documentary was just as eye-opening for me, presenting shocking and tragic statistics along with personal stories regarding how poverty, discrimination, unemployment, lack of support, and exploitation affects our...

An invisible thread

by Laura Schroff

Reviewer Rating:
4

New York City during the height of the crack epidemic. Ad exec Laura Schroff breezes by an 11 year-old boy begging for change but something makes her turn back. Laura and Maurice live a mere 2 blocks from each other but his existence in a treacherous welfare hotel is worlds away...

Will Sparrow's road

by Karen Cushman

Reviewer Rating:
3

In his twelve years of life, Will Sparrow has been abandoned, abused, and sold for beer, forced to rely on his wits and thievery to survive. When the innkeeper who owns him threatens to sell him as a chimney sweep, Will runs away without shoes on his feet or food to...

Anton Woode : the boy murderer

by Dick Kreck

Reviewer Rating:
3

Dick Kreck and his team of research experts from the Denver Public Library: Western History and Genealogy and the Colorado History Museum have provided an excellent look into the young life of Anton Woode, 11 year old murderer from Colorado. Not only does he take the reader through the capture,...

An invisible thread

by Laura Schroff

Reviewer Rating:
4

An Invisible Thread is the true story of a New York City businesswoman and an 11-year-old panhandler. The title comes from the Chinese proverb, "An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never...

Little White Duck : a childhood in China

by Andrés Vera Martínez

Reviewer Rating:
4

This graphic memoir gives a glimpse into post-Mao Chinese society through the eyes of a child.  The stories are well told by appealing to a child's sense of curiosity and introduce readers to the cultural climate of the period such as nationalism, mythology, and rural/urban divides .  The beautiful illustrations...

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewer Rating:
4

Trigger warnings for: domestic abuse, implied domestic violence, sexual harassment, and bullying.

Eleanor has an abusive stepfather, an emotionally distant father, and any number of bullies at her new school. She thinks Park is beautiful.

Park has the only parents on the block who are still together. When he's not being ignored...

Alchemy and Meggy Swann

by Karen Cushman

Reviewer Rating:
4

Alchemy and Meggy Swann is set in Elizabethan London, 1573, when many of the superstitions of the Medieval era were just starting to give way to the seeds of Empiricism; when the printing press was revolutionizing the ways people thought, read, and communicated; and when the theater was about to...

Citadel

Reviewer Rating:
5

Viewed as a metaphor for the failure of high rise public housing, Citadel is a brilliant work of social commentary.  Theorists postulate that outrageous youth to adult population ratios and indefensible space (along with a myriad of other design, bureaucracy and social issues) contributed the demise of public high-rises. Not...

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