Monica Potts The Forgotten Girls

About the author:

Monica Potts is a senior politics reporter for the website FiveThirtyEight. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and the New Republic, among other publications, and on NPR. She was a 2015–16 New America Fellow and is a former senior writer with the American Prospect magazine. She lives in Clinton, Arkansas.

About the book:

In New York Times bestselling memoir The Forgotten Girls, an acclaimed journalist tries to understand how she escaped the confines of her small town in Arkansas while her brilliant friend could not, and, in the process, illuminates the unemployment, drug abuse, sexism, and evangelicalism killing poor, rural white women all over America. This gripping narrative is a profound, compassionate look at a population in trouble, and a uniquely personal account of the way larger forces, such as inheritance, education, religion, and politics, shape individual lives.