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The three compelling women at the heart of DeParle's narrative are vastly different temperamentally, yet they share the abstract qualities of strength and endurance, as well as extended family ties. DeParle paints their portraits with respect and sensitivity, and he provides a marvelous family history that reveals how "the story of welfare" is painfully "tangled in the story of race." Our glimpse at these difficult lives and the forces that profoundly shape them inspire an equal measure of hope and disappointment, and a large measure of outrage. As these remarkably resilient women struggle to raise their families, corruption is exposed in the very offices charged with implementing the newly adopted reforms. DeParle accepts that removing nine million women and children from the welfare rolls represents enormous progress. However, he simultaneously recognizes that we are dismally failing to confront a consequence of welfare reform: a new class of working poor. --Silvana Tropea
Describes the complexities and challenges facing poverty in America from the perspective of three women and politics.Published 1 month ago by Kathryn Hernandez
This was one of the most fascinating books I read all year. It is about social justice, welfare reform, and generational poverty. Read morePublished 7 months ago by alexa hackett
Magnificent book that describes welfare without one stone unturned. Every hypothesis or statement made about welfare is described in detail in this book with very poignant and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alex Herrera
It was an eye opener for me regarding the homeless, welfare and how it was managed/mismanage. So sorry for those poor people.Published 10 months ago by carol skilling
Love the book, very insightful with a mix of personal story and policy. Great conditionPublished 11 months ago by burnettm
Not what I though !! It has more politics in it then personal story. Not a good read it was just okPublished 17 months ago by Lola