Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises
Published by St. Martin’s, 2019

International Bankruptcy: The Challenge of Insolvency in a Global Economy
Published by University of Chicago Press, 2018

The narrative nonfiction of Jodie Adams Kirshner brings humanity and immediacy to systemic failures by weaving together the stories of affected individuals.  Her previous book, Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises (St. Martin’s, 2019), provides a deeply human account of Detroit’s bankruptcy ordeal through the lives of working-poor Detroiters and an opportunistic outsider.  It won the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing and was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Jodie is a journalist, lawyer and research professor at the Marron Institute at NYU.  She earned degrees in law and journalism at Harvard and Columbia Universities and studied as a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University.  After completing her formal education, she taught law at Cambridge University and served as a technical advisor to the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland.

She is using nthspace Torino to complete her next book, After a Generation of Dreams.  It follows low-income racial minority families confronting failures in the US education system and broken promises of economic mobility.  As with Broke, these stories help to uncover new opportunities for reform.