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Length: 28 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 154 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Publication Date: July 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AHPRT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,190 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shana Hammaker grew up in California, then bounced around the country for a bit before settling in Austin, Texas.

Likes: stories that make her laugh and highlight the fact that all people are flawed and all people are beautiful, but not all in the same ways.

Dislikes: over-use of archaic terms such as forsooth and verily. I say verily! Cut it out! Forsooth!




Life is held together by stories and hope. Shana is a bit of a hope junkie.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Romi M on September 12, 2011
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Imagine opening a story and being immediately tossed into a world you never knew of. Where hobos named "Shroom" are the norm , where dumpster-diving for cookies is a weekly affair (and yes, the title means what it means!), and where being invited as a guest on Jerry Springer can seriously happen, when you're standing on a street corner in Hollywood.

Did I mention this is a world you never knew of?

Despite the intriguing lack of familiarity, the voice that tells the story is familiar, comfortable, like an old friend regaling you with tales from the past. And I just loved the fast-forwards to present day, and what the cookie dumpster represented in the grand scheme of things.

I wish and hope there will be more editions to this memoir!

-Romi
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. McParland on June 3, 2013
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I truly loved this story. A very real look of life on the streets. No punches are pulled nor should they be. A very touching story in how the cookies in a dumpster helped to feed a starving girl and also comfort her in those rough times. Rounding out to contacting the company to tell them how much she appreciated them and loved their cookies, and how the loving and compassionate owners responded to voice their admiration and other kind words. All the while openly sharing and showing us the highs and very low lows of her times through it all. I very highly recommend this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gideon Jagged on February 4, 2012
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The Cookie Dumpster is a simple yet vividly told account of the life of a "gutterpunk". It is the true story of the author's experience: that of being a homeless minor. Ms. Hammaker shows herself to be a gifted story-teller. Her narrative sparkles with wit and is consistently upbeat. It paints a picture of someone who refused to let her circumstances define her or limit her. I found myself wanting more; I sincerely hope the author will continue this memoir.

Gideon Jagged
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mismatch on February 4, 2012
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This was a very very short read, maybe 20 minutes. While it's a nice story, I would've liked it to be longer...'how a homeless teen became a responsible young woman' type of story.

It was more the length of a magazine article if anyone cares.
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By BigAl on July 31, 2011
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"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." - Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith

Although an overused quote, to the point of becoming clichéd, anyone who has tried writing of any kind also recognizes its truth. It applies to almost any kind of writing. Red Smith was a sportswriter, which doesn't seem that personal, yet all writing, even something as easy as a review, can still feel this way. It is one reason authors sometimes react emotionally when someone doesn't like what they've written.

In "The Cookie Dumpster," it feels like Shana Hammaker sat down at her new-fangled typewriter and opened an artery instead. She gives us a glimpse into the people and culture of the homeless, a situation most of us can barely imagine. Hammaker's writing voice or tone seemed different from her fiction, somehow more personal. Maybe this is something I imagined, or possibly that she is telling her own story rather than acting as a go-between for her characters made the voice more authentic. In many ways, this is a story of contradictions, of highs and lows. It is a story of freedom from many of society's norms and of slavery to the requirements of survival. Ultimately, it is a story of overcoming obstacles.

If "The Cookie Dumpster" has any faults, it is that I wanted more. The period covered starts and ends at logical and natural points for the story Hammaker wanted to tell. But I can't help thinking there is a prequel and possibly a sequel with much different, although just as compelling, stories to tell.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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By HMMADNESS on November 3, 2011
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From the opening line about serenading crackheads to the ties to today this story really pulls you in. It tells a story of joy and happiness, Sadness and overcoming life. It is not based loosely on a real story, it IS a real story with real people and real reactions.

If you enjoy a good tale or to see how others have lived or just into voyuerisum this story is for you. Its both upbeat and heartbreaking but all without getting mauldin or emo. You just live through the eyes of another and really see things the way she did.

It even almost makes you want to have your very own Cookie Dumpster(read to find out what that is) and feel for everyone in the story be it hate, love, envy, or just sorry for one or another. You will laugh as well as feel sad. Shana handles the story with just the right touch and makes no judgements nor does she ask for your pity or your love, just says it as she remembers it and you make your call from there.
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