STAFF PICK OF APRIL

WISCAP chooses “Community Health Centers: A Movement and the People Who Made It Happen” by Bonnie Lefkowitz as staff pick of April The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has placed a national spotlight on the shameful state of healthcare for America’s…

STAFF PICK OF MARCH

WISCAP chooses “The Civilian Conservation Corps: The History of the New Deal’s Famous Jobs Program during the Great Depression” as our staff pick of March! In 1932, America faced an economic crisis even more severe than the one it has…

STAFF PICK OF FEBRUARY

WISCAP chooses “Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America” as our staff pick of January! As the haves and have-nots grow more separate and unequal in America, the working poor don’t get heard from much. Now they have a voice—and…

STAFF PICK OF JANUARY

WISCAP chooses “The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives” as our staff pick of January! Fifty years after Michael Harrington published his groundbreaking book The Other America, in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from…

STAFF PICK OF DECEMBER

WISCAP chooses “The Working Poor: Invisible in America” by David K. Shipler as staff pick of December. From the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Arab and Jew, an intimate portrait unfolds of working American families struggling against insurmountable odds to escape poverty. As…

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STAFF PICK OF NOVEMBER

For the staff pick of November, WISCAP chooses ‘Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth’ by Sarah Smarsh. ” An eye-opening, topical, and moving memoir of one woman’s experience of working-class poverty…

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STAFF PICK OF OCTOBER

For the staff pick of September, WISCAP chooses ‘The People of the Abyss’ by Jack London. “A masterpiece of reportage, The People of the Abyss is a riveting first-hand account of Jack London’s life on the streets in the East End of…

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STAFF PICK OF SEPTEMBER

For the staff pick of September, WISCAP chooses ‘The Affordable Housing Reader’ by J. Rosie Tighe & Elizabeth J. Mueller. “The Affordable Housing Reader brings together classic works and contemporary writing on the themes and debates that have animated the field…

Front Cover of the book Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

STAFF PICK OF AUGUST

WISCAP chooses “Confronting Suburban Poverty in America” by Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube as Staff Pick of August! It has been nearly a half century since President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty. Back in the 1960s tackling poverty “in…

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STAFF PICK OF JULY

For the staff pick of July, WISCAP chooses ‘High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing’ by Ben Austen. Built in the 1940s atop an infamous Italian slum, Cabrini-Green grew to twenty-three towers and a population of 20,000—all of…