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Surviving On The Streets: How to Go DOWN Without Going OUT (Spare Change?) Paperback – July 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Spare Change?
  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Loompanics Unlimited (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559502010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559502016
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,270,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ace Backwards first hit an on-ramp with his thumb out over thirty years ago. He has lived on and sometimes off the streets, but now seems to have settled into a life enmeshed in the street scene.

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Customer Reviews

The book is illustrated by Ace's cartoons.
Cliff E Dirgo
Even if you don't agree with everything he has to say, you will still enjoy the book and want to talk about it with your friends.
Blingus
Ace Backwards is a great writer, very funny and in his own way, a very brave, honest, patriotic American.
J. Ellis

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Charissa Struble on March 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Truly inspiring account of life on the streets. Ace tells it like it us and doesn't sugarcoat or fabricate details to get better ratings. Although I have a permanent place to call home, I found his book very informational and helpful to all walks of life. A "dumpster diver" myself, I can't get enough of diving stories! People should be ashamed of themselves for all the waste they create! I take that back, bless the wasteful, selfish people of the world for giving my life a purpose! To all those found at the bottom of a can, I commend you for doing what you do! Keep up the good work Ace! You are my new hero! :)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Blingus on November 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Even if you've never been homeless, and have little chance of ever becoming homeless, you will still enjoy this book. Beyond it's "how-to guide" format, it's a great read on so many levels. First, it will make you think about your modern American existence in a whole new way. Secondly, it will give you an interesting counterpoint to whatever your current view is of the "homeless situation." Plus, Ace knows how to tell a story. Many of his anecdotes will have you laughing out loud...especially if you've ever spent any time in Berkeley. His likable personality shines through in his writing style, which is intelligent, sardonic, somewhat bitter, and witty.

Those who are using this review space to trash homeless people have obviously not read this book. Ace Backwords does not promote "free-loading," "trashing public property," or "scamming people." He writes about using your wits to survive, in an interesting and intelligent way.

Even if you don't agree with everything he has to say, you will still enjoy the book and want to talk about it with your friends. Read it, pass it on, and have an interesting conversation.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tony the Tour Guy on February 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've been an Ace Backwords fan since the days of his legendary "Twisted Image" comics. In this volume Ace tells us what it's REALLY like to be homeless in the Bay Area from personal experience. This is autobiography, not journalism or "participant observation," as the anthropologists call it.
Ace pulls no punches, describing both the horrors and the joys (yes, there are many) of living on the streets. His stories can be both touching and hillarious, and he offers lots of practical advice to people caught down on their luck. Some is very Politically Incorrect, but when you have to survive by your gut instincts, rhetoric ceases to be important. If you're looking for a portrayal of homelessness to reimforce your own thoughts on the problem, be they flaming liberal or neo-fascist, you WON'T find it here!
While Ace is strong on story-telling and practical advice, he's not so good at sociological analysis or epidemiology. Ace should research such matters a little more carefully before making blanket statements about cause and effect with social problems. One of the firs things on learns in Research 101 is "correlation does not necessarily indicate causation."
These problems aside, this is a great, quick read.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Surviving On The Street: How To Go Down Without Going Out by "street smart" author Ace Backwords is a straightforward, no-nonsense, "user friendly" guide to the rough realities of surviving without a home. From finding places to sleep, to coping with bad weather, to procuring food, to getting oneself off the street, Surviving on the Street is extremely practical. It is also an effective, informed and informative warning to the reader of the dangers to avoid, as well as offering the safe-at-home-yet-curious soul of what it really is like to be out there on the streets. With the rising numbers of homeless and "street people" in our cities and towns, Surviving On The Street is a strongly recommended addition to community library and community center reference collections.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
I want address the VERY NAIVE and typical comments of the "doctor" who posted what he did earlier. Anyone who reads this book and has his typical high society yuppie left wing opinions will get their lunch eaten out there.
This is the most primitive environment in the U.S. and worse than prison unless you're in a security risk unit. That's about the best way to describe this life. Whatever you would figure life is like in prison it's like that on the streets except survival is often harder because there's so many rules and hawks that can prey on you. Ask anyone who is perfectly happy in jail where they lived before there........they'll tell you the street.
If you're an outsider and being white and from a upper middle class background not hip to the street you're going to be a serious target, not only are you easy prey but you represent (at your past) everything these people wish they had and dispise. A lot of the ____ is racial, like I mentioned earlier......it's a very primitive life. I'm from Texas and if you're a junkie and hang in a low income neighborhood most likely it will be a black community. This itself opens up trouble right off. You stick out, and I'm not racist and don't want to generalize either but any person's opinion of you right or wrong is your reality. If some black guys don't like you because you're white then you better know how to avoid trouble. Also on the street EVERYTHING is profiling and generalizations because your whole life is vunerable and you have to live it on gambles and vibes, the only way to do that is use profiling type tools. You don't have time to get someone's info as person or hire them for a job, this is YOUR LIFE AT RISK. You see someone who looks like a threat you'll have to know when to run in seconds flat.
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