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The Cookie Dumpster [Kindle Edition]

Shana Hammaker
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

At seventeen Shana Hammaker was a street kid named Denise.

By the time she landed in the gutter, Shana had been abandoned by her parents and subsequently spent the bulk of her teen years bouncing from one foster home or group home to the next. Her life up to that point had been far from satisfactory so Shana was determined to begin her new, untethered life completely fresh: no baggage, no memories, no Shana.

So Denise set out to conquer the homeless world. Or at least, to have a good time.

The months Denise spent living on the streets of Santa Cruz, California, were wild. She learned how to smoke speed off a light bulb, met a man named Rowdy who claimed to be a 1400-year-old vampire, almost found TV fame on the Jerry Springer Show, fell in love and got pregnant—all in less than a year. Denise was living it up, gutterpunk-style.

But Shana hadn’t gone anywhere. She was still there, buried deep within Denise—small and sad and longing for the love and comfort of home. And she found it in the unlikeliest place: the Pacific Cookie Company’s dumpster.

THE COOKIE DUMPSTER is part memoir, part journalistic exposition. In this essay-length piece, author Shana Hammaker returns to one of the most difficult periods of her life and reunites with her wild, seventeen-year-old alter-ego. She also reaches out to the owners of the Pacific Cookie Company—Mr. and Mrs. Pearson—and shares with them the role their dumpster played in her life.

THE COOKIE DUMPSTER is a poignant story of loneliness, struggle, and hope.

Approximately 8000 words/31 printed pages

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  • File Size: 152 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AHPRT2
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5.0 out of 5 stars A whirlwind trip to the gutter! September 12, 2011
By Romi M
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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!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Poignant 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ok but too short 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, but too short! January 4, 2013
By Stace
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This book was a great read. I gave it four stars instead of 5 only because I thought it was too short. This book is about life on the streets and a company who left cookies wrapped in plastic in their dumpster so that the poor and homeless could enjoy them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Cookie Dumpster July 17, 2012
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This was interesting, and if it is actually true, I am sorry that the author had such a rough time of it. It was sad to read that so many people's lives are being wasted, living on the streets, especially the young ones. This was short but well written.
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More About the Author

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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