Together at the Table: Income Inequality Materials List

Dive deeper in Sonoma County Library's Together at the Table series by exploring the following materials. 


Explore this topic further through extensive booklists of materials available to check out in the library. Materials are available for kids, families, teens and adults and come in a variety of formats including fiction, nonfiction, picture books, DVDs and graphic novels.

The materials on this list offer people of all ages opportunities to dig deeper into the topic of income inequality in America, the economy, and how this topic affects our country.


  The Broken Ladder: how inequality affects the way we think, live, and die by Keith Payne

 Dream Hoarders: how the American upper middle class is leaving everyone else in the dust, why that is a problem and what to do about it by Richard Reeves

 Glass House: the 1% economy and the shattering of the all-American town by Brian Alexander

 Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich 

 Requiem for the American Dream by Noam Chomsky

 Tales of Two Americas: stories of inequality in a divided nation edited by John Freeman

 The Unbanking of America: how the new middle class survives by Lisa Servon

 Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Picketty 

 The Price of Inequality by Joseph E. Stiglitz

 Toxic Inequality by Thomas M. Shapiro

 The Great Divide: unequal societies and what we can do about them by Joseph E. Stiglitz

 Falling Behind: how rising inequality harms the middle class by Robert H. Frank

 $2.00 a Day: living on almost nothing in America by Kathryn Edin & H. Luke Shaefer 

 Saving Capitalism: for the many, not the few by Robert B. Reich

 The Great Leveler: violence and the history of inequality from the stone age to the 21st century by Walter Scheidel 

 Born on Third Base: a one-percenter makes the case for tackling inequality, bringing wealth home, and committing to the common good by Chuck Collins

 The Great Escape: health, wealth, and the origins of inequality by Angus Deaton

 The Divide: American injustice in the age of the wealth gap by Matt Taibbi

 The Vanishing Middle Class by Peter Temin

 5 Easy Theses: commonsense solutions to America's greatest economic challenges by James Martin Stone

 Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance


  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
 Capital by John Lanchester
  Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
 Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
 The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 The Subprimes by Karl Taro Greenfield
 A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
 The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore


   The Bullie$ of Wall St: this is how greed messed up our economy by Sheila Bair

 Munmun by Jesse Andrews

 The Not-So-Great Depression by Amy Goldman Koss

 The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


  A Bike Like Sergio's by Maribeth Boelets
 Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
 Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt
 Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
 Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet
 Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
 Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier
 Love As Strong As Ginger by Lenore Look 
 Spuds by Karen Hesse
 The Dumpster Diver by Janet Wong
 Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
 Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
 Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone
 The Mighty Miss Malione by Christopher Curtis
 The Whispering Road by Livi Michael


 Trading Places (Rated R)
 Capitalism: A Love Story (Rated R) 
 Freakonomics (Rated PG-13)
 I.O.U.S.A (Rated PG)
 Inside Job (Rated PG-13)
 Too Big To Fail (Rated PG-13)


The Together at the Table project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

The opinions expressed herein do not reflect the position of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Srevices, the California State Library, or the Sonoma County Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the California State Library, or the Sonoma County Library should be inferred.