Rachel And Her Children: Homeless Families In Americaby Jonathan Kozol
THE BOSTON GLOBE
There is no safety net for the millions of heartbroken refugees from the American Dream, scattered helplessly in any city you can name. RACHEL AND HER CHILDREN is an unforgettable record
"Extraordinarily affecting....A very important book....To read and remember the stories in this book, to take them to heart, is to be called as a witness."
THE BOSTON GLOBE
There is no safety net for the millions of heartbroken refugees from the American Dream, scattered helplessly in any city you can name. RACHEL AND HER CHILDREN is an unforgettable record for humanity, of the desperate voices of the men, women, and especially children, and their hourly struggle for survival, homeless in America.
- Random House Publishing Group
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Meet the Author
Jonathan Kozol is the National Book Award–winning author of Death at an Early Age, Savage Inequalities, Amazing Grace, and The Shame of the Nation. He has been working with children in inner-city schools for more than 40 years.
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I read this book for a senior psychology project and was blown away. Jonathan Kozol writes from the heart and his story of the year he spent in the 1980s traveling through the hardest hit cities of America focusing on the homeless is heartwrenching. To all who think welfare recipients are "lazy, worthless, and good for nothing," just read this book. You will learn that many single mothers living in the notorious Martinique Hotel in New York (hotel shelter)want to move out to their own residences but exboritant housing costs even in the 1980s make this impossible. Instead, the city chooses to pay $1,900.00 per month to house a family of four in the Martinique, a horror hotel shelter, rather that put this money toward helping the family become self-sufficient and get off welfare. Jonathan Kozol has spent many years working within the inner city sector and understands these types of catch-22 situations and maddening red tape that federal aid recipients contend with. If you have a heart, you will enjoy this book.
As Jonathan Kozol travels around homeless hotels, such as the Martinique, he sees and hears people¿s heart wrenching situations. In this riveting book, not only is the reader confronted with the exact words of some desperate families, but also with staggering statistics about homelessness in New York and throughout the country. This book presents facts about how people become homeless, their situations and struggles, and the lack of government involvement in improving low-income housing. Kozol¿s personal accounts of being with these families and the incomprehensible state in which they are all living, stir the emotions and compassion of readers. Although this book presents astounding information and stories, Kozol neglects to mention any of the other reasons, besides lack of housing, that so many people end up in poverty and remain living under the poverty level. Rachel and Her Children combines emotion and knowledge into an informative book that could easily spring people into action to help the homeless. It adequately mixes raw facts and stories of life in poverty. Even with this book¿s few flaws, it is incredible, moving, and informative.
I read this book many years ago and it still affects my thinking about how the poor in America are treated as well as the wasteful way the government pretends to help them. Anyone that reads this should be protesting how the government spends their tax dollars.
As a social work student, in none of my classes have I ever heard the truth in the very honest way Kozol writes and describes it. We have to do someting to make people concious of the realities of our system and that poverty is not a matter of luck (or bad luck), but is a product of the system we live in, stop trying to cover it up with patches of "charity" and start working towards REAL Public policy that will deal with the roots of the problem, not just the symptoms of it. READ IT! I hope you end up as outraged as I am and do something about it!