Who Lied And Said We Left The Garden Of Eden? Memoirs Of A Homeless Man

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An Unflinching Portrait of Life on the Streets

Providing a rare first-hand glimpse into the life of a homeless person, Who Lied and Said We Left the Garden of Eden is a lucid, eye-opening chronicle of author Daniel Martin's time on the mean streets of Texas and California. As a teenager, he turns to drugs for relief from his Christian fundamentalist upbringing - a tactic that plunges him into escalating burglaries to pay for his high of choice: speed. Before he's 18, Martin has ...

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An Unflinching Portrait of Life on the Streets

Providing a rare first-hand glimpse into the life of a homeless person, Who Lied and Said We Left the Garden of Eden is a lucid, eye-opening chronicle of author Daniel Martin's time on the mean streets of Texas and California. As a teenager, he turns to drugs for relief from his Christian fundamentalist upbringing - a tactic that plunges him into escalating burglaries to pay for his high of choice: speed. Before he's 18, Martin has become a ward of the state. Soon, he finds himself living out of a shopping cart, funding his addiction by selling his body. And that's just for starters.

But there's a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. After an array of treatment and rehabilitation programs, Martin finds the strength to escape his circumstances following a stint in Norwalk State Hospital's Cider House (made famous in Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). How he did it - and the belief that his experience proves it's possible for anyone - lies at the crux of the book's powerful message of hope, faith and perseverance.

Interspersed throughout his harrowing ordeal, Martin reveals the small courtesies that sustained him from various "angels" he met along the way. In the process, he uncovers the essential humanity that endures underneath even the most wretched of circumstances.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781432729394
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    Great Book

    For those of you who may not know Daniel Martin. He has overcome years of being homeless and overcome drug addictions. He is now a dedicated husband and father. He is also a successful small business owner. He runs his own plumbing company. Reading his book I was able to in vision what my cousin is going through now. He has been homeless for almost 20 years and battling drug addiction too. I know he has tried rehab and nothing has worked. The last we heard he was somewhere in Toronto. Who lied provides the first hand look into the life of Daniel. Daniel talks about his life on the streets of Texas and California. He talks about being a teenager who turns to drugs to get some relief from his family and his Christian up bringing. In order to feed his addiction he steals to get money and sells his body. Daniel was in a few rehab and treatment programs. Each time after he relapses. He then finds the strength to come clean when a judge comes to his aid and sentences to him Cider House, which is located at the Norwalk State Hospital. Which by the way was the hospital where One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest was filmed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2008

    Wow

    As a recovering addict myself, I enjoy reading how others have 'done it'. This is an honest, gut-wrenching account, not a sappy 'life's a bowl of cherries' book. Sometimes shocking, always interesting, I like how it's divided into two sections, yet flows with ease. I'll definently reccommend this to other people, not just those with addiction problems.

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