2017 Resources


Visit the book's website and read biographical information about the authors.

Use this Book Discussion Guide with Questions as you and your group read and discuss the book. Hosting your first book discussion? Take a look at these Book Discussion Guidelines to keep the conversation flowing and on topic.

Explore Eastern Michigan University Library's Washtenaw Reads Research Guide.

Watch an interview with coauthor Kathryn J. Edin as originally seen on PBS Newshour.

A recap of the differences between President Clinton and Congress in the making of the 1996 Welfare Reform can be found here.

Read a 1997 Atlantic article by Peter Edelman who resigned from the Clinton Administration to protest the signing of the Welfare Reform Bill.

Watch How to Address Poverty with Kathryn J. Edin.

Kathryn J. Edin reads from the book at Johns Hopkins University beginning at the 4:35 mark in the video.

Kathryn J. Edin speaks at The City Club of Cleveland, beginning at the 4:29 mark in the video.


For further reading on topics from this year’s Washtenaw Reads selection, check out this Related Reading List.

Looking for even more related reading? Try some titles on this list from The Booklist Reader.

Want to share the themes of this year's read with your children or students? Use these lists of related titles for youth, compiled by Washtenaw County librarians.

Want to know what other books were considered for this year's Read? See our Bibliography.

Book blog Book Riot put together this list on Understanding America Through Books: Poverty.


Hosting a book discussion, Read program, or want to promote the Read? See our Posters Page for posters you can download and print to promote the Washtenaw Reads program or your own book discussion!