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…

Staff Pick of June

WISCAP chooses “Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility ” as our staff pick of June! “From St. Louis to New Orleans, from Baltimore to Oklahoma City, there are poor and minority neighborhoods so beset by pollution that just…

STAFF PICK OF MAY

To celebrate Community Action Month, WISCAP chooses “In the Arena: The Story of Community Action in Wisconsin” as our staff pick of May! Wisconsin’s community action agencies were formed out of the crucible of the “War on Poverty” in the…

STAFF PICK OF APRIL

WISCAP chooses ‘Hard Living in America’s Heartland: Rural Poverty in the 21st Century Midwest ’ by Paula Daire as staff pick of April. “ Despite living hard, endlessly challenging lives, the rural poor remain tirelessly optimistic, believing things will get better…

STAFF PICK OF MARCH

WISCAP’s staff pick of March is For Labor, Race, and Liberty: George Edwin Taylor, His Historic Run for the White House, and the Making of Independent Black Politics by Bruce Mouser. More than one hundred years before Barack Obama, George Edwin…