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This Is All I Got This book literally has touched so many lives that I can t begin to tell you how crucial a novel this truly is for everyone to read.First, I m in extreme poverty after divorcing a malignant narcissist in which my 3 kids and self were left bankrupt, homeless, and LT unemployed after giving up career to further his own.No income, no assets, no savings while locked in is not how I expected to be with a dual masters.What s worse is the commentary from those meant to help Get a job, plenty of them This book literally has touched so many lives that I can t begin to tell you how crucial a novel this truly is for everyone to read.First, I m in extreme poverty after divorcing a malignant narcissist in which my 3 kids and self were left bankrupt, homeless, and LT unemployed after giving up career to further his own.No income, no assets, no savings while locked in is not how I expected to be with a dual masters.What s worse is the commentary from those meant to help Get a job, plenty of them out there, pull up your bootstraps, she must be lazy, uneducated, on drugs, a baby momma who just wants handouts.I m also a Points of Light Awardee courtesy of our 41st President of the USA , the former top producer in 2 departments associate of the month at Lord and Taylor distribution center when I did work years ago prior to raising 3 kids solo , they have no concept that jobs for women pay less than poverty and in fact I proved it with this article which in PA is 6.53 difference who think you just get a job have zero idea of the past 10 years of job searches in which I m told to dummy down, overqualified, lack prior work experience, and then leave me in the hallways or lobbies as they go to meetings and ignore my pleas for employment In my state of Pa we have highest gas tax, highest education costs, with a federal min wage that is 25% less than their counterparts from 48 years ago say just move if you have difficulty in employment yet they don t understand the legal system much less the child support options available to single moms I had to chase my ex spouse for over a year and a 1 2 for my 1st payment of 100 for a family of four This after living a year and 1 2 off credit, eating at food banks and soup kitchens, and yes even local libraries, playgrounds, and gyms.I was on a wait list for over 2 yrs for housing Section 8 and EBT as it s not just a fill out and receive.The myths surrounding food insecurities and poverty are enormous and wide lasting and have gone on for far too long In fact my own President of the Al Beech WestSide food bank explains the issues we face daily in this TedX video ve also told my story via Rosa DeLauro on deaf ears to every member of Congress through Community Voices a program by the Poverty to Prosperity Program which you can view on pg 38 here ve also worked on the direct front line of services to the impoverished and I know the reality even as I live it.So, yes what you ll read here is exactly my own experiences and I ll bethan happy to back them up.Poverty as the author illustrates is viewed as an individual rather than a system wide failure It turns into a blame, shame, fault ridden game rather than a helpful offer to assist with empathy, compassion, concern, and good tidings Public assistance is a shrinking and denied entitlement Housing has ultimately become an unchecked market As we discussed Camila s future we learn she had ambitions that faltered after constraints placed upon her by the very system meant to help resulting in her criminal justice career which I have my masters in both CJ and Public Admin on hold to become a dishwasher which may be my demise We are defined by who we deem worthy of investment, as an economy as well as an ethical society Today we are failing ourselves on both counts We are ruled by money This America has gone upside down Every year with no end in sight, wealth consolidates and poverty expands Curiosity takes courage that s why people protect themselves from truths they fear will speak discomfort or guilt Blindness is easier That blindness is complicity We must first look at each other in order to look after each other Fabulous read The homeless, single mother she follows for a year hasdetermination than anyone I know What an amazing story. A gripping account of a young woman s struggle as a new mom, facing homelessness in New York City If you keep books about social inequality and poverty on your TBR, this is one to keep on your radar The journalist, Lauren Sandler, is a wonderful narrator of the audiobook, too Through Sandler s writing, I felt like I knew Camila very well her highs and lows, her perseverance, the way she views her family and the romantic partners in her life I valued Camila s narrative because it is imperfec A gripping account of a young woman s struggle as a new mom, facing homelessness in New York City If you keep books about social inequality and poverty on your TBR, this is one to keep on your radar The journalist, Lauren Sandler, is a wonderful narrator of the audiobook, too Through Sandler s writing, I felt like I knew Camila very well her highs and lows, her perseverance, the way she views her family and the romantic partners in her life I valued Camila s narrative because it is imperfect Camila s choices are sometimes questionable, but I always ended thinking whether she did this or that, the system bureaucracy is still going to be against her I so valued how Sandler peppered in information and facts about homelessness, poverty, and single motherhood in the United States For fans of Matthew Desmond s Evicted This is the story of a journalist who followed and documented the story of Camila, an unwed, homeless mother for one year in New York City I read books about poverty and social injustice b c it opens my eyes to a completely different way of life, to ways I might be contributing to the problem, to ways I might be part of the solution One quote that stood out to me was People feel their own scarcity based on the rungs above, not below And I believe that to largely be true That is how we tend This is the story of a journalist who followed and documented the story of Camila, an unwed, homeless mother for one year in New York City I read books about poverty and social injustice b c it opens my eyes to a completely different way of life, to ways I might be contributing to the problem, to ways I might be part of the solution One quote that stood out to me was People feel their own scarcity based on the rungs above, not below And I believe that to largely be true That is how we tend to measure ourselves And there was another quote I can t directly find but it was to the effect that poverty is often viewed as an individual problem rather than the system wide failure that it is And b c of that we tend to place the blame in the wrong place rather than offering empathy, sympathy, and compassion at the very minimum Our social services system is broken, and for those born at the wrong time to the wrong people in the wrong place like a homeless shelter seem doomed thru no fault of their own It s a tragedy that this happens in a country as rich as this one Wow I received an advanced copy of this book through a good reads giveaway I was hesitant to read this book at first, because it s not a typical read for me However, as soon as I started the book, I couldn t put it down.The book tells a story of a young single mother in NYC who is struggling It details her struggles with housing, welfare, daycare, schooling, and muchThis book opened up my eyes and taught me so much about homelessness and how the system works I grew up and still live Wow I received an advanced copy of this book through a good reads giveaway I was hesitant to read this book at first, because it s not a typical read for me However, as soon as I started the book, I couldn t put it down.The book tells a story of a young single mother in NYC who is struggling It details her struggles with housing, welfare, daycare, schooling, and muchThis book opened up my eyes and taught me so much about homelessness and how the system works I grew up and still live in the Midwest where there isn t as large of a homeless population, so I was oblivious to how much people struggle and how screwed up the system is.This book truly opened my mind in so many ways It is a good reminder to never judge someone, as you don t know what they have been through or are currently going through This book helped me reflect on my own life and give gratitude towards my parents and my childhood.I would highly recommend this book This is one of the best books I ve read in years Heartbreaking and eye opening It will change the way you see the world. A Riveting Account Of A Year In The Life Of A Young, Homeless Single Mother, Her Quest To Find Stability And Shelter In New York City And The Journalist Who Got Too Close While Telling Her StoryMore Than Forty Five Million Americans Attempt To Survive Under The Poverty Line, Day By Day Nearly , People Sleep In New York City Run Shelters Every Night Forty Percent Of Them Children This Is All I Got Makes This Issue Deeply Personal, Vividly Depicting One Woman S Hope And Despair And Her Steadfast Determination To Improve Her Situation, Despite The Myriad Setbacks She Encounters Camila Is A Twenty Two Year Old New Mother She Has No Family To Rely On, No Partner, And No Home Despite Her Intelligence And Determination, The Odds Are Firmly Stacked Against Her Award Winning Journalist Lauren Sandler Tells The Story Of A Year In Camila S Life From The Birth Of Her Son To His First Birthday As She Navigates The Labyrinth Of Poverty And Homelessness In America As Camila Attempts To Secure A College Education And A Safe Place To Raise Her Son, She Copes With Dashed Dreams, Failed Relationships, And Miles Of Red Tape With Grit, Grace, And ResilienceThis Is All I Got Is A Dramatic Story Of Survival And Powerful Indictment Of A Broken System, But It Is Also A Revealing And Candid Depiction Of The Relationship Between An Embedded Reporter And Her Subject And The Tricky Boundaries To Navigate When It S Impossible To Remain A Dispassionate Observer I received this advanced copy from a Goodreads giveaway Even in its uncorrected version, Camila s story immediately grabs you by the throat without mercy I have never read a book like this before an immersive, true accounting of a journalist ready to report on the injustices of social welfare by essentially shadowing someone s life And as she points out in the textthan once, she doesn t interfere with the narrative Camila doesn t get any favors from author Lauren Sandler no advice to I received this advanced copy from a Goodreads giveaway Even in its uncorrected version, Camila s story immediately grabs you by the throat without mercy I have never read a book like this before an immersive, true accounting of a journalist ready to report on the injustices of social welfare by essentially shadowing someone s life And as she points out in the textthan once, she doesn t interfere with the narrative Camila doesn t get any favors from author Lauren Sandler no advice to speak of, no financial assistance, and no babysitting privileges She s merely a voyeur, albeit one who becomes a confidante to Camila Their relationship becomes special, yet fraught with uncomfortable realizations along the way.I had no idea this world of poverty and homelessness even existed in the United States The sheer magnitude of what this young girl experiences as a new mom with no familial support, no friends to speak of, and certainly no romantic relationship to help carry the burden, is incomprehensible I am amazed, simply and utterly flummoxed at the hardships Camila managed still manages with all of the social assistance programs she applied to, managed, tracked, and the hundreds of miles and hours dedicated to doing so only to be told that she was in the wrong borough, been denied for inexplicable reasons, needpaperwork it is truly dizzying what she went through the first year of Alonso s life That s on top of just being a new, young, scared mother I was a young, single mother too, but I had my family s full support, and I lived at home with my son while I finished my undergraduate degree I ve always known I was fortunate, but thisI don t feel like I accomplished anything compared to what she went through in one year I am appreciative for the gift of this book, not only quite literally, but this is one that will stay with me I don t know how to make a difference on the topics of poverty and attainable, affordable housing for the millions of Americans who live on the streets and in shelters with no hope, but I amsensitive to it now and will be able to perhaps vote for these issues I know others will read it too and experience the burning call for action 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 Lauren Sandler has brilliantly written the story of America in the age of inequality Read this book, please it is as gripping as it is moving as it is important Darren Walker, president, The Ford Foundation Camila is twenty two years old and a new mother She has no family to rely on, no partner, and no h 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 Lauren Sandler has brilliantly written the story of America in the age of inequality Read this book, please it is as gripping as it is moving as it is important Darren Walker, president, The Ford Foundation Camila is twenty two years old and a new mother She has no family to rely on, no partner, and no home Despite her intelligence and determination, the odds are firmly stacked against her In this extraordinary work of literary reportage, Lauren Sandler chronicles a year in Camila s life from the birth of her son to his first birthday as she navigates the labyrinth of poverty and homelessness in New York City In her attempts to secure a safe place to raise her son and find a measure of freedom in her life, Camila copes with dashed dreams, failed relationships, the desolation of abandonment, and miles of red tape with grit, humor, and uncanny resilience.Every day,than forty five million Americans attempt to survive below the poverty line Every night, nearly sixty thousand people sleep in New York City run shelters, 40 percent of them children In This Is All I Got, Sandler brings this deeply personal issue to life, vividly depicting one woman s hope and despair and her steadfast determination to change her life despite the myriad setbacks she encounters This Is All I Got is a rare feat of reporting and a dramatic story of survival Sandler s candid and revealing account also exposes the murky boundaries between a journalist and her subject when it becomes impossible to remain a dispassionate observer She has written a powerful and unforgettable indictment of a system that is often indifferent to the needs of those it serves, and that sometimes seems designed to fail This book has changed my perception of my surroundings and the people and neighborhoods that I have inhabited for my entire life Lauren Sandler subtly allows us to tag along with Camilla, our indomitable hero Camilla s story unfolds in stages until we are brought to our knees by the seemingly insurmountable obstacles this 22 year old single homeless mother has to face.She has nothing in her favor besides her own formidable intelligence and will to survive Bootstraps indeed I couldn t put the This book has changed my perception of my surroundings and the people and neighborhoods that I have inhabited for my entire life Lauren Sandler subtly allows us to tag along with Camilla, our indomitable hero Camilla s story unfolds in stages until we are brought to our knees by the seemingly insurmountable obstacles this 22 year old single homeless mother has to face.She has nothing in her favor besides her own formidable intelligence and will to survive Bootstraps indeed I couldn t put the book down and found myself rooting for Camilla on every subway ride from the Bronx to school in Far Rockaway to the Kafkaesque Welfare offices that seemed designed to crush her.I found myself yelling at the book, at the system and at the deadbeat men who let her fend for herself.Lauren Sandler tells Camilla s story and leaves herself out of it in the best ways She deftly moves from storytelling to facts and statistics that give perspective to Camilla s situation Its an incredibly moving portrait of not just Camilla, but of an entire world that exists right next to the single origin coffee shops and condos of NYC A world where each day could be the last day with a roof over your head and no guaranty of the next meal I am grateful that Sandler spent all of this time with Camilla and I am grateful to Camilla for allowing us to be with her through it all


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