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  • Book Corner: A closer look at East St. Louis, Ill., a city in peril

    "We tend to think of poverty and struggle as being isolated in urban areas, but it is now in the suburbs as well, and it is spreading," says Jennifer Hamer, the author of "Abandoned in the Heartland" (University of California Press).  Click photo to enlarge

    "We tend to think of poverty and struggle as being isolated in urban areas, but it is now in the suburbs as well, and it is spreading," says Jennifer Hamer, the author of "Abandoned in the Heartland" (University of California Press). Click photo to enlarge

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