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Sorry that I've been away from this blog for so long. One of the reasons for the delay is that the book I co-authored — The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America — has just come out. The New York Times mentions the book in Sunday's edition.
I co-authored The Missing Class with
Katherine S. Newman. Senator John Edwards wrote the foreword. The
book focuses on the nearly one in five Americans who live just above
the poverty line, a population much larger than those living in
poverty. They work long hours, sometimes at multiple jobs, but they do
not receive many public benefits (which are for the poor) and lack real
financial security. In fact, some of the families we write about
eventually fell back into poverty after a layoff, divorce, illness, or
hope is that through the stories of the nine families profiled in this
book, we can bring more attention to this ignored population and
inspire discussion about policies that could keep these hard-working
Americans from slipping back down the economic ladder. Poverty takes a
toll not just on the families who suffer it, but also on society in
general, which must bear the collective costs in ruined health, growing
crime, blighted neighborhoods, and wasted potential. We should be doing
more to help these families avoid such a fate.
There will be some book events and radio/TV interviews in the coming months. Please check this blog (inthefray.org/politicalprose) for the latest schedule. And please spread the word!
UPDATED 9/26/07: Please see more recent posts for an updated schedule.