I recently read a few books about poverty in the United States:
- $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America from Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer
- American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series (A Vintage Short) from Eli Saslow
- Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America from Jonathan Kozol
- Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City from Matthew Desmond
I do not plan to write a review of all these books since you can probably find some on goodreads.com but these books paint a very interesting picture of poverty, and were eye-opening about the situation in America.
Beside learning about (extreme) poverty and how it impacts people lifes, it was also a reminder about how lucky I have been in my life. While my parents were far from being rich, I grew up in a stable environement, with a loving family, a roof over my head and food on my plate.
If you have a few hours to kill, I would really recommend reading these books. You will likely see the world through a different lens after that.