by Jill Leovy

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Jill Leovy with Ghettoside .

Quick take

Ghettoside reads like a novel. It's meticulously paced and the writing frequently stopped me cold.

Why I love it

When offered this opportunity to recommend a book to The Book of the Month Club, I knew exactly which one to choose. What hit me the hardest in 2015 was Jill Leovy's Ghettoside. It's just the sort of thing I go for: an exhaustively researched non-fiction account of people I know nothing about. When those people are from India, as in Katherine Boo's Beyond The Beautiful Forevers one can sort of be ...

Member thoughts

57% Love
32% Like
7% Dislike
  • Maria H.

    Jersey City, NJ

    "One of my first BOTM books received and I loved it! The writing is amazing and flows with so much information. Very thought provoking and high quality investigative journalism. Was completely hooked!!"

  • Sylvia M.

    Miami, FL

    "Beautifully written and painstakingly researched, this is an example of investigative journalism at its best. Lucid, enlightening, and impossible to put down. My favorite BOTM discovery to date."

  • Mandy S.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "One of the best, most thought-provoking, sympathetic books I've read in the past decade. Highly recommended to anyone who worries about other humans."

  • Candace t.

    damascus, OR

    "Real life on the streets. Great reporting. They don't give us enough words to do this justice."

  • Lindsey R.

    Skiatook, OK

    "Amazingly researched and written. A true look into a place we never really see."

  • Komal P.

    Houston , TX

    "highly recommend to anyone who likes to read non-fiction novels, one of the better ones BOTM has offered. "

  • Courtney B.

    Chicago, IL

    "I've recommended this book a lot. It's a thought-provoking deep dive into news stories that are sometimes glossed over."

  • Molly G.

    Chicago, IL

    "Terrifying, eye-opening and sad. The statistics Leovy throws out are almost unbelievable. I'd love for her to write another book about another part of the country, such as Chicago."

  • Monica F.

    Myrtle, MS

    "This book really opens your eyes to crime in not just LA but all over America. This book comes with the FACTS! At times sad when reading about all the deaths but it's also strong writing by the author"

  • Nicole G.

    Fort Wayne , IN

    "I loved this. The history in it along with the story was great. The most hard hitting was the lists of the dead. Names and ages made me realize how real this is. Humbling. "

  • Megan A.

    Kansas City, MO

    "Busts myths about black communities and “black on black violence,” shows how resources are diverted from where they are truly needed, and makes a case study of what makes a difference."