MAZON Bookshelf

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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Big Hunger by Andrew Fisher

Caring about Hunger by George Kent

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

An assessment of the arguments/theories/narratives presented

A recommendation

Please send your MAZON Bookshelf book reviews to Outreach Manager Paul Sherman at
When you send in your review, please also tell us a little bit about yourself, including your name, contact information and professional/volunteer background.