A women sits with her son for dinner in their new sparsely furnished apartment, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in New York. After leaving her husband who beat her for years, she and her little boy spent the next three years homeless because she couldn’t afford New York City rents. About one third of American children are now living in poverty. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

1.5 Million American Families Live On $2 A Day

For their new book, H. Luke Shaefer and Kathryn J. Edin followed the lives of America’s poorest families.

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