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15 Best Books About Poverty

Discover a collection of powerful books about poverty, shedding light on its causes, effects, and potential solutions. Expand your knowledge and understanding.


Hood Feminism

by Mikki Kendall

4.8 (4689 reviews)

What is Hood Feminism about?

In "Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot," the author sheds light on the flaws within mainstream feminism and explores the urgent need for intersectionality. Mikki Kendall challenges the narrow focus of feminism, highlighting how it often overlooks the struggles faced by marginalized women. Through personal anecdotes and insightful analysis, Kendall advocates for a more inclusive and comprehensive feminist movement that addresses issues such as poverty, racism, and violence.

Who should read Hood Feminism

  • Individuals interested in exploring the intersectionality of feminism.

  • Activists seeking to address the overlooked issues within feminism.

  • Readers looking to understand the experiences of marginalized women.


Walk To Beautiful

by Jimmy Wayne, Ken Abraham

4.8 (2041 reviews)

What is Walk To Beautiful about?

"Walk To Beautiful" is a captivating memoir that follows the incredible journey of a homeless child who defied the odds and found his way to a better life. Written by Jimmy Wayne and Ken Abraham, this powerful book explores the transformative power of love and the resilience of the human spirit. Through heart-wrenching experiences and inspiring encounters, the story highlights the importance of compassion, determination, and the pursuit of a place to call home.

Who should read Walk To Beautiful

  • Individuals interested in inspiring true stories of resilience and hope.

  • Social workers and advocates for homeless youth.

  • Fans of memoirs that explore the transformative power of love.


Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah

4.7 (63052 reviews)

What is Born a Crime about?

In this captivating memoir, the author shares his extraordinary journey growing up in South Africa during apartheid. Trevor Noah, the son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, navigates the complexities of his mixed-race identity, constantly defying the laws that deemed his existence illegal. With humor and insight, he recounts the challenges, absurdities, and resilience that shaped his formative years, ultimately offering a powerful testament to the power of love and laughter in the face of adversity.

Who should read Born a Crime

  • Fans of Trevor Noah's comedy and memoir enthusiasts.

  • Individuals interested in South African history and apartheid.

  • Readers seeking inspiring stories of resilience and overcoming adversity.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

4.7 (19041 reviews)

What is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks about?

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" delves into the remarkable story of a woman named Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken without her consent and became the foundation for countless medical breakthroughs. Rebecca Skloot explores the ethical implications surrounding the use of Henrietta's cells, while also shedding light on her life and the impact her immortal cells had on scientific research, forever changing the field of medicine.

Who should read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • Science enthusiasts interested in the ethical implications of medical research.

  • History buffs curious about the untold story of a remarkable woman.

  • Medical professionals seeking a deeper understanding of cell culture advancements.


The War on Normal People

by Andrew Yang

4.7 (2589 reviews)

What is The War on Normal People about?

In this thought-provoking book, the author delves into the alarming reality of disappearing jobs in America and presents a compelling argument for the implementation of universal basic income. Andrew Yang explores the impact of automation and technological advancements on the workforce, highlighting the urgent need for a new economic approach. With insightful analysis and real-life examples, he offers a compelling vision for a future where every citizen is guaranteed a basic income, challenging conventional notions of work and prosperity.

Who should read The War on Normal People

  • Individuals concerned about the impact of automation on job security.

  • Policy makers seeking insights into the future of work.

  • Those interested in exploring the concept of universal basic income.


An Invisible Thread

by Laura Schroff, Alex Treniowski

4.6 (4731 reviews)

What is An Invisible Thread about?

This heartwarming true story follows the unexpected encounter between an 11-year-old panhandler named Maurice and a busy sales executive named Laura. As their lives intertwine, they form an extraordinary bond that transcends social barriers and changes both of their lives forever. "An Invisible Thread" explores the power of kindness, compassion, and the profound impact that a single act of generosity can have on the lives of others.

Who should read An Invisible Thread

  • Anyone interested in heartwarming true stories of unlikely connections.

  • Individuals seeking inspiration and hope in the midst of adversity.

  • Readers looking for a touching tale of compassion and human connection.


Good Economics for Hard Times

by Abhijit V. Banerjee, Esther Duflo

4.6 (3627 reviews)

What is Good Economics for Hard Times about?

"Good Economics for Hard Times" offers a fresh perspective on the pressing issues of our time, such as inequality, immigration, and climate change. Written by two Nobel laureates in economics, this book presents evidence-based solutions to tackle these challenges, debunking common myths and providing practical insights. With a focus on real-world problems and the impact on everyday people, it offers a compelling and accessible analysis of how economics can shape a better future for all.

Who should read Good Economics for Hard Times

  • Economists and policymakers seeking evidence-based solutions for challenging times.

  • Individuals interested in understanding the impact of economics on everyday life.

  • Students and academics studying the intersection of economics and social issues.


Why Nations Fail

by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

4.5 (6208 reviews)

What is Why Nations Fail about?

"Why Nations Fail" explores the factors that determine the success or failure of nations. Acemoglu and Robinson argue that inclusive political and economic institutions are crucial for long-term prosperity, while extractive institutions lead to poverty and stagnation. Through historical analysis and case studies, the authors examine the origins of power and the impact of institutions on societies, shedding light on the complex dynamics that shape the fate of nations.

Who should read Why Nations Fail

  • Economists and political scientists interested in understanding the roots of economic inequality.

  • Policy makers and government officials seeking insights into fostering inclusive growth.

  • Students and researchers studying the impact of institutions on development.


The Road to Wigan Pier

by George Orwell

4.5 (3444 reviews)

What is The Road to Wigan Pier about?

"The Road to Wigan Pier" is a powerful and thought-provoking non-fiction book that delves into the harsh realities of working-class life in industrial England during the 1930s. Through vivid descriptions and personal anecdotes, the author exposes the abysmal living conditions, poverty, and social inequality faced by the working class. Orwell's exploration of these issues serves as a call to action, urging society to confront and address the systemic injustices that perpetuate such hardships.

Who should read The Road to Wigan Pier

  • History enthusiasts interested in the working-class struggles of 1930s Britain.

  • Social activists seeking insights into poverty and inequality issues.

  • Fans of George Orwell's literary works and political commentaries.


Hillbilly Elegy

by J.D. Vance

4.4 (33394 reviews)

What is Hillbilly Elegy about?

"Hillbilly Elegy" is a poignant memoir that delves into the author's personal journey growing up in a working-class family in Appalachia. J.D. Vance vividly portrays the struggles and complexities of his upbringing, exploring the impact of poverty, addiction, and a cultural crisis on his family and community. With raw honesty, he reflects on the challenges he faced and the resilience that ultimately allowed him to break free from the cycle of despair and forge a better future.

Who should read Hillbilly Elegy

  • Individuals interested in understanding the challenges faced by working-class Americans.

  • Sociologists and researchers studying the impact of poverty and culture.

  • Readers seeking a personal and insightful exploration of the American Dream.



by Stephanie Land

4.4 (11169 reviews)

What is Maid about?

In this powerful memoir, Stephanie Land shares her journey as a single mother struggling to make ends meet while working as a maid. With raw honesty, she exposes the harsh reality of poverty, the challenges of navigating the welfare system, and the determination it takes to provide for her daughter. Through her compelling storytelling, Land sheds light on the often overlooked lives of those working tirelessly behind the scenes, offering a poignant exploration of resilience and the pursuit of a better life.

Who should read Maid

  • Individuals interested in understanding the struggles of low-income working mothers.

  • Social workers and policymakers seeking insights into poverty and inequality.

  • Anyone looking for a compelling memoir about resilience and determination.


Nickel and Dimed

by Barbara Ehrenreich

4.4 (3428 reviews)

What is Nickel and Dimed about?

In this eye-opening nonfiction work, the author immerses herself in the world of low-wage jobs to expose the harsh realities faced by millions of Americans. Through her undercover experiences as a waitress, maid, and retail worker, Ehrenreich sheds light on the struggles of living paycheck to paycheck, the dehumanizing nature of these jobs, and the systemic issues that perpetuate poverty in America. A thought-provoking exploration of the hidden side of the American dream.

Who should read Nickel and Dimed

  • Individuals interested in understanding the struggles of low-wage workers.

  • Policy makers seeking insights into the challenges faced by the working class.

  • Sociology students studying poverty and inequality in America.



by Sarah Smarsh

4.3 (1331 reviews)

What is Heartland about?

"Heartland" is a poignant memoir that delves into the author's personal experiences of growing up in rural America, where poverty and hard work were the norm. Sarah Smarsh vividly portrays the struggles faced by her family and community, shedding light on the harsh realities of being broke in a country known for its wealth. With raw honesty, Smarsh explores the complexities of class, gender, and the American Dream, offering a powerful and thought-provoking narrative.

Who should read Heartland

  • Individuals interested in understanding the struggles of working-class Americans.

  • Readers seeking insights into the impact of poverty in rural areas.

  • Those curious about the intersection of class and economic inequality.


Three Cups of Tea

by Greg Mortenson

What is Three Cups of Tea about?

In this inspiring true story, a man's mission to promote peace takes center stage. Greg Mortenson's journey unfolds as he builds schools in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, providing education to children who have been denied this basic right. Through his tireless efforts, Mortenson not only transforms the lives of countless individuals but also fosters understanding and bridges cultural divides, proving that education can be a powerful tool for peace.

Who should read Three Cups of Tea

  • Educators and school administrators interested in promoting peace through education.

  • Humanitarian workers seeking inspiration and insights into grassroots initiatives.

  • Individuals passionate about making a positive impact in developing nations.


Half the Sky

by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

What is Half the Sky about?

"Half the Sky" is a powerful and eye-opening book that sheds light on the global oppression faced by women and the potential for change. Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the book explores the stories of women from different parts of the world, highlighting their struggles and resilience. It calls for urgent action to address issues such as sex trafficking, gender-based violence, and lack of education, emphasizing the transformative power of empowering women and girls.

Who should read Half the Sky

  • Individuals interested in understanding and addressing global gender inequality.

  • Activists and advocates working towards women's empowerment and human rights.

  • Students and scholars studying international development and social justice.