1. $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer
This book discusses the dramatic increase in families living on an income of $2.00 per person, per day. Millions of Americans are living at or below the poverty line, and it seems to have gotten worse since the 1990s. If you’re interested in extensive research regarding the effects of poverty on families, this is a good read.
2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This heartfelt book is about a father sharing his life experiences with his son. Coates discusses race and history in an immersive and thought-provoking way. This is the book for you if you enjoy relatable stories with good lessons to learn.
3. There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz
This book is about the lives of two boys who grew up in Chicago’s public housing system. The author takes the reader through the obstacles that these young boys experienced, all while trying to enjoy what’s left of their childhood. I would highly recommend this book.