This Is All I Got

This Is All I Got

A riveting account of a year in the life of a young, homeless single mother, her quest to find stability and shelter in New York City—and the journalist who got too close while telling her story.

More than forty-five million Americans attempt to survive under the poverty line, day by day. Nearly 60,000 people sleep in New York City-run shelters every night—forty percent of them children. This Is All I Got makes this issue deeply personal, vividly depicting one woman's hope and despair and her steadfast determination to improve her situation, despite the myriad setbacks she encounters.

Camila is a twenty-two-year-old new mother. She has no family to rely on, no partner, and no home. Despite her intelligence and determination, the odds are firmly stacked against her. Award-winning journalist Lauren Sandler tells the story of a year in Camila's life—from the birth of her son to his first birthday—as she navigates the labyrinth of poverty and homelessness in America. As Camila attempts to secure a college education and a safe place to raise her son, she copes with dashed dreams, failed relationships, and miles of red tape with grit, grace, and resilience.

This Is All I Got is a dramatic story of survival and powerful indictment of a broken system, but it is also a revealing and candid depiction of the relationship between an embedded reporter and her subject and the tricky boundaries to navigate when it's impossible to remain a dispassionate observer.

Title:This Is All I Got
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780399589959
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    This Is All I Got Reviews

  • Joan Cook

    As a trauma psychologist, I have listened to survivors’ stories for over 20 years and am no easy sell.In this incredible book, Lauren Sandler uses immersive journalism, chronicling a year in the lif...

  • Donna Hines

    This book literally has touched so many lives that I can't begin to tell you how crucial a novel this truly is for everyone to read.First, I'm in extreme poverty after divorcing a malignant narcissist...

  • vanessa

    A gripping account of a young woman's struggle as a new mom, facing homelessness in New York City. If you keep books about social inequality and poverty on your TBR, this is one to keep on your radar....

  • Ms. Jacobs

    This is the story of a journalist who followed and documented the story of Camila, an unwed, homeless mother for one year in New York City. I read books about poverty and social injustice b/c it opens...

  • Jaclin McGuire

    Fabulous read. The homeless, single mother she follows for a year has more determination than anyone I know. What an amazing story. ...

  • Jessica Blair

    This is one of the best books I've read in years. Heartbreaking and eye-opening. It will change the way you see the world. ...

  • Paige

    Wow. I received an advanced copy of this book through a good reads giveaway. I was hesitant to read this book at first, because it’s not a typical read for me. However, as soon as I started the book...

  • Tabitha Mase

    I received this advanced copy from a Goodreads giveaway. Even in its uncorrected version, Camila’s story immediately grabs you by the throat without mercy. I have never read a book like this before:...

  • Barred Owl Books

    From an award-winning journalist, a poignant and gripping immersion in the life of a young, homeless single mother amid her quest to find stability and shelter in the richest city in America“Lauren ...

  • Daniel

    This book has changed my perception of my surroundings and the people and neighborhoods that I have inhabited for my entire life. Lauren Sandler subtly allows us to tag along with Camilla, our indomit...