A searingly candid look at growing up "without," edited by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Children of Crisis
series. In a land of seemingly endless plenty, Growing Up Poor
offers a startling and beautiful collection of stories, poems, and essays about growing up without. Searing in their candor, understated, and often unexpectedly moving, the selections range from a young girl's story of coming of age in the slums of New York at the turn of the twentieth century and a southern family's struggles during the Depression, to contemporary stories of urban and rural poverty by some of our foremost authors. Divided into four thematically organized sections (on the material circumstances of poverty, denigration at the hands of others, the working poor, and moments of resolve and resiliency), the book mixes the work of experienced authors—many of whom write autobiographically about poverty they have experienced first-hand—with the work of students and other contemporary writers. Edited and with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning child psychiatrist Robert Coles, Growing Up Poor
gives eloquent voice to those judged not by who they are, but by what they lack.
Zora Neale Hurston
William Carlos Williams