This Is All I Got

By Lauren Sandler,

Book cover of This Is All I Got: A New Mother's Search for Home

Book description

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • From an award-winning journalist, a poignant and gripping immersion in the life of a young, homeless single mother amid her quest to find stability and shelter in the richest city in America


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This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home tells the story of the difficulty of finding acceptable housing for the poor in New York City. Sandler follows the story of a young, poor, unwed mother, Camila, for one year as she struggles to find safe and affordable housing for herself and her newborn son. Against all odds, red tape, and never-ending bureaucracy, Camila never gives up. I found this story inspiring as well as educational about the homelessness crisis in New York City, a new found passion after my experience trying to feed the homeless during the…

From Traci's list on homelessness and poverty.

Sandler tells the story of Camila, a young and poor transplant, as she tries to find a place to live in New York while caring for her newborn son. It’s a riveting nonfiction narrative about how hostile New York is to those without homes and jobs, a population that has continued to grow over the past twenty years, as the city has become more and more unequal. Camila is resilient, but personal crises abound, and Sandler shows how much the city neglects so many of its inhabitants.

From Elizabeth's list on Post-9/11 New York City.

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