Tag Archives: poverty

Salvage the Bones Book Review

The 2011 National Book Award Winner for Fiction (U.S.), Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward tells the story of the Batiste family, a poor, Black family living in a rural community near the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A first-person narrative told from … Continue reading

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Of the 40+ books I read in 2012, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has probably been my favorite. In the 1950s doctors took cells from a thirty-one year old African-American woman dying from cervical cancer, without her consent or her family’s … Continue reading

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers Book Review

I’ve just finished reading Katherine Boo’s critically-acclaimed work of narrative non-fiction Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. This book — about slum-dwelling, abject poverty, garbage collecting and death by self-immolation — is so hot … Continue reading

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Quick Ways to CARE

I’ve been really busy with my job these past few weeks, which is why I was looking forward to last night’s CARE Las Vegas Event. CARE is one of the oldest and largest humanitarian organizations in the world. Last year, CARE … Continue reading

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Hunger Awareness Challenge: Post-Challenge Reflections

Last week I wrote about my attempt to spend a week living off the equivalent average food budget of a Haitian. To recap: with some fancy math, this works out to be $34.33 because our cost-of-living is so much higher. … Continue reading

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