Katheryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer are attracting huge attention with their new book, $2.00 a Day: Living on almost nothing in America.
Writing about this book in the New York Times, William Julius Wilson concludes:
This essential book is a call to action, and one hopes it will accomplish what Michael Harrington’s “The Other America” achieved in the 1960s — arousing both the nation’s consciousness and conscience about the plight of a growing number of invisible citizens. The rise of such absolute poverty since the passage of welfare reform belies all the categorical talk about opportunity and the American dream.
Shaefer and I sat down for a long converation about the book at healthinsurance.org. It was a special pleasure to speak with him, since he is a friend, co-author, and one of my very first doctoral students at the University of Chicago. Much more here.
Yeah, that’s Luke above.