- File Size: 154 KB
- Print Length: 28 pages
- Publication Date: July 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005AHPRT2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Cookie Dumpster Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
It was more the length of a magazine article if anyone cares.
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. **
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a great read. I gave it four stars instead of 5 only because I thought it was too short. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Stace
This was interesting, and if it is actually true, I am sorry that the author had such a rough time of it. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Auntie Em
If all you do with this work is read the surface, then you are missing the point completely. With this trip into what it's like to live as a 17 year old homeless girl, you are... Read morePublished on February 3, 2012 by Richard Allen
This is a great little memoir about a difficult time in a young woman's life. I was instantly hooked on the story from the first page, and didn't stop until the last word. Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by J. Birch
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