#LPReads: The Privileged Poor

Journey Browne, Special Projects Intern

This summer Journey is reading The Privileged Poor by Anthony Abraham Jack. Read more to see why she considers this book to be a must read for everyone. 

Why did you pick this book? Why would you recommend it to others?

I picked this book because it discusses the challenges of navigating college as a low income, minority, first-generation student. These challenges extend far beyond culture shock and into economic and social reasons. I see a lot of myself in this book and that is why I am reading it. I would recommend this book because I think everyone needs to be aware of the challenges students like these face at prestigious intuitions. If everyone was aware of this, there would be a better support system and more compassion.

What is your favorite quote from this book? Why?

“We had to overcome a lot to get here. We are warriors. We are invincible.” This is my favorite quote from the book because it captures the beauty of being a first-generation college student. There are times when it is tough, but if you sit and reflect on all you overcame to get to where you are, it will make you feel powerful.

What is your favorite memory of summer reading growing up?

I remember going to a local park with my dad. Sometimes to play, but mostly because it was one of my favorite places to read.

What was your favorite summer reading book as a child?

Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

What does literacy mean to you – why is it important?

Literacy is important because it is arguably one of the most important skills a person can possess.


Check out our staff picks:

Michelle –  Room on the Broom

Celeste – The Unwinding of the Miracle

David – Spearhead

Sari – Les Miserables

Rosa – Corazón

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