Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America by Lisa Gray-Garcia

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Author
Lisa Gray-Garcia
Publisher
City Lights Foundation Books
Date of release
Pages
287
ISBN
9781931404075
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Paperback
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Eleven-year-old Lisa becomes her mother’s primary support when they face the prospect of homelessness. As Dee, a single mother, struggles with the demons of her own childhood of neglect and abuse, Lisa has to quickly assume the role of an adult in an attempt to keep some stability in their lives. “Dee and Tiny” ultimately become underground celebrities in San Francisco, squatting in storefronts and performing the “art of homelessness.” Their story, filled with black humor and incisive analysis, illuminates the roots of poverty, the criminalization of poor families, and their struggle for survival.


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