- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 15, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1418433292
- ISBN-13: 978-1418433291
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Emptiness of Our Hands: A Lent Lived on the Streets
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Top Customer Reviews
Why? Phyllis tells us, quoting Annie Dillard in the Prologue, that "This is not a thing that I have sought. But it has come across my path and I have seized it." And they do seize it, though at times they must have felt seized by it. No longer wrapped in the trappings of who they have known themselves to be, they take on a kind of invisibility; the invisibility of the homeless. The world - that world that you and I walk around in - does not see them, because they - because we - do not want to see them. Eyes are studiously averted. Children, who haven't yet learned that the homeless are invisible, are drawn sharply away as they pass on the sidewalk, by parents troubled to make even this degree of recognition.
James builds pin-hole cameras with materials rescued from dumpsters, and takes pictures of their new world - the same world they'd occupied so recently, now changed almost beyond recognition. The pictures, fuzzy and murky by virtue of the primitive technology, are perfect illustrations for this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book forced me to look within to a place that I have known of but not personally experienced. I found it at times a hard read, hard because I know where I will rest my head... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robin Lynne Buysse
painful evolution of a journey into columbus ohio homelessnessPublished 18 months ago by Kelly Kelleher
You will no longer look at the person sitting on the sidewalk begging for change the same way. No matter your views on how homeless become homeless this book will change you.Published on December 26, 2013 by Shannon Mulligan
This was the most touching bookI ever read. It changed my preception of street people. I always keey a few $ in my pocket for the... I no longer judge