Today’s book review comes from Karen, she blogs at http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/
Karen chose to read and review Gotta Find A Home – Conversations with Street People by Dennis Cardiff
The book introduces you to author Dennis Cardiff explaining how it all began, and to the conversations with his ‘Usual Suspects’, a number of street people. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This is a book that would like to be read by all of you – individually.
With Gotta Find A Home, Dennis Cardiff has created a quite different and heart-warming chronological collection of conversations. The conversations are often brief, offer insights in the homeless’ lives. The author cares about his protagonists, proves with his book that the homeless are human – a fact which non-street people tend to forget. Street people and non-street people face similar challenges: community, bills, relationships, addictions, etc. Gotta Find A Home is an important reminder that we are all human, making mistakes, and the ability to making things right. There is no reason to beat up a homeless person. If it doesn’t feel right to ‘donate’ money, why not follow Dennis Cardiff’s example to offer a bus ticket or a coffee voucher? The Buddhist approach – respect for the living is a great concept. I soon felt acquainted with the ‘Usual Suspects’, wanted to know what was next. Gotta Find A Home is a great read for those who are interested in humanity and/or the human factor.
This is a book to read again. The upcoming volumes are already on my TBR (‘to be read’) list.