Archive for February 5, 2015

4.0 out of 5 stars
Raw, Gritty Vignettes That Tell Their Own Tales Feb. 4 2015
Marta Tandori
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Let’s face it – we’ve all done it at one time or another – seen someone panhandling and quickly crossed to the other side of the street or walked by them with our cell phone stuck to our ears, pretending to be deep in conversation so we wouldn’t have to engage with them in any way. The author, Dennis Cardiff, did exactly what most of us would never do – he engaged with the street people he came in contact with on his daily travels to and from work. Over time, these men and women became his friends and his daily interactions with them are chronicled in Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People. This isn’t a book with chapters and pretty prose. It’s a collection of raw, gritty and simplistic vignettes that tell their own tales of abuse, regret, violence and illness (mental and otherwise) that aren’t confined to any particular demographic. One thing is clear, however. Cardiff doesn’t patronize, placate or offer any solutions. All he offers are a sympathetic ear, a bagel and a coffee or some spare change, as the particular encounter warrants. For a reader who still believes in unicorns and happy endings, this was a difficult book to read but certainly a necessary one. Perhaps at some point, we all need to take off our rose-colored glasses and see the world for what it is, warts and all.

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