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Stranger to the System (Life Portraits of a New York City Homeless Community) Paperback – June, 2003

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Jim Flynn is a relocated suburban kid born in Albany, New York 1977. He has taught in Manhattan public schools for the past four years and is currently a proud member of the special education department at High School for the Humanities. In November of 2001 a baseball bat-wielding landlord kicked him out of his room for rent in the Lower East Side, and he has since resided in Brooklyn.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Curbside Press (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097415590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974155906
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,279,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on October 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a must read for everyone. Jim Flynn does an extraordinary job compiling the life stories of the homeless in New York City. This book will bring laughs as well as tears. You will feel as if you actually know the people personally, especially since all of the stories are in the first-person. This book allows the homeless to be heard as people, not as throw-aways of society. A powerful and important book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nettlesbyu on February 3, 2006
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This study of homelessness brings you to the realization that being homeless is just a step away for any of us. It give you an insight into the lives of the homeless in NY; once you get to know them you realize that these are gifted and talented people who through a quirk of fate... This is a book you can't put down; you travel from story to story with a sense of urgency, the need to learn more about each source. You will laugh a little, you will cry a little and you will be transformed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sera Corby on September 25, 2003
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I recently went to NY and bought this book from a street vendor. I didn't have any real expectations from the book, but when I started reading I could not put it down. This book seems to be a real, open and honest look into the lives of people that I would otherwise not have though twice about.
Thank to Jim Flyn and all the people that contributed to this book for bringing these enlightening stories into my life. I'm now about to order several copies of the book to give to friends and family.
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This book let's you see how people really become homeless and opens your mind and makes you realize that these people are not lazy but life is what happened to them that made them end up this way.
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