Our virtual Bookshelf is stocked with carefully selected works of fiction and non-fiction related to issues of hunger in America.
Choose a book to read on your own or suggest one of the titles at your next book club meeting. And once you’ve read a book, submit a review! We will be developing discussion guides for several of the books and will use your reviews to help with this process.
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The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America? by Joel Berg
The Worst Hard Time, The Untold Story of Those who Survived the Great American Dustbowl, by Timothy Egan (Read together with The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck)
$2.00 A Day : Living On Almost Nothing In America by Kathryn J. Edin
Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics by Marion Nestle
Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement by Janet Poppendieck
The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David Shipler
My Name is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Stout
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition by Rabbi Jill Jacobs
SNAP Matters: How Food Stamps Affect Health and Well-Being by Judith Bartfeld, Craig Gundersen, Timothy M. Smeeding, and James P. Ziliak
So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America by Peter Edelman
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Books for Children
Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
Bagels From Benny by Aubrey Davis
Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan
Guidelines for Submitting Reviews
Your book review should include the following elements:
A concise summary of the content
- What aspect of hunger was addressed?
- What was the author’s viewpoint or purpose in writing this book? Was there a particular message?
An assessment of the arguments/theories/narratives presented
- Was the book persuasive?
- How did it change your thinking or enhance your understanding of the topic?
- What was particularly noteworthy or compelling?
- Would others appreciate reading this book?
- What question would you suggest including in a MAZON Bookshelf discussion guide about this book?
Please send your MAZON Bookshelf book reviews to Rabbi Erin Glazer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you send in your review, please also tell us a little bit about yourself, including your name, contact information and professional/volunteer background.