Books about growing up poor
Popular Poverty Books
Growing up Poor
In a land of seemingly endless plenty, Growing Up Poor offers a startling and beautiful collection of stories, poems, and essays about growing up without. Searing in their candor, understated, and often unexpectedly moving, the selections range from a young girl's story of growing up in New York's slums at the turn of the twentieth century, to a southern family's struggles during the Depression, to contemporary stories of rural and urban poverty by some of our foremost authors. Thematically organized into four sections--on the material circumstances of poverty, denigration at the hands of others, the working poor, and moments of resolve and resiliency--the book combines the work of experienced authors, many writing autobiographically about their first-hand experience of poverty, with that of students and other contemporary writers. Edited and with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning child psychiatrist Robert Coles, Growing Up Poor gives eloquent voice to those judged not by who they are, but by what they lack. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifelong work on behalf of children, he lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Randy Testa teaches in the education department of Dartmouth College.
The New York Times today ran a groundbreaking story about a year-old child who, growing up in a Brooklyn homeless shelter, leads something of a modern Dickensian existence. While stories about the poor do not run as often as they should, they also constitute something of a prestige genre in nonfiction writing. Many of the great names in journalism have been those who have doggedly pursued the stories of the poor.
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Cristela Alonzo - Growing Up Poor (performed at HPAL's Hook n Book)
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!