STAFF PICK OF OCTOBER

For the staff pick of October, WISCAP chooses ‘Show Me The Cash: Engaging Families To Help Very Poor Children Succeed’ by George Gerharz. To get rid of poverty, why not just give the parents in very poor families with children…

STAFF PICK OF SEPTEMBER

WISCAP chooses ‘Broke, U.S.A’ by Gary Rivlin as WISCAP’s staff pick of September. From the author of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year Drive Bycomes a unique and riveting exploration of one of America’s largest and fastest-growing industries—the business of…

STAFF PICK OF AUGUST

WISCAP has chosen ‘Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America’ by Tim Wise as our staff pick of August. “In Under the Affluence, Wise discusses a related issue: economic inequality and the demonization…

STAFF PICK OF JULY

WISCAP chooses ‘A People’s History of Poverty in America’ by Stephen Pimpare as staff pick of July. “Tens of millions of Americans currently live in poverty, more and more of them in extreme poverty. But the words we use to…

STAFF PICK OF JUNE

WISCAP chooses ‘Black Milwaukee: The Making of an Industrial Proletariat’ by Joe William Trotter Jr. for the staff pick of June. Other historians have tended to treat black urban life mainly in relation to the ghetto experience, but in Black…

STAFF PICK OF MAY

This month’s staff pick comes from our partners at the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP). They have chosen The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America. In The Color of Law (published by Liveright in May…

STAFF PICK OF APRIL

WISCAP chooses ‘The Other America: Poverty in the United States’ by Michael Harrington for the staff pick of April. This book is an illuminating, profoundly moving classic that is still all too relevant for today’s America. When Michael Harrington’s masterpiece, The…

STAFF PICK OF MARCH

WISCAP chooses ‘Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do’ by Studs Terkel for the staff pick of March. Studs Terkel records the voices of America. Men and women from every…

STAFF PICK OF FEBRUARY

WISCAP chooses ‘Who Stole the American Dream?’ by Hedrick Smith for the staff pick of February. This book is essential reading for all of us who want to understand America today, or why average Americans are struggling to keep afloat.…

STAFF PICK OF JANUARY

WISCAP chooses ‘Big Hunger’ for the staff pick of January. Food banks and food pantries were meant to be a stopgap measure, but manufacturing jobs never came back, recession followed, and the “emergency food system” became an industry.  In Big Hunger,…