Criminal of Poverty

Criminal of Poverty

Growing up Homeless in America

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Eleven-year-old Lisa becomes her mother’s primary support when they face the prospect of homelessness. As Dee, a single mother, struggles with the demons of her own childhood of neglect and abuse, Lisa has to quickly assume the role of an adult in an attempt to keep some stability in their lives. “Dee and Tiny” ultimately become underground celebrities in San Francisco, squatting in storefronts and performing the “art of homelessness.” Their story, filled with black humor and incisive analysis, illuminates the roots of poverty, the criminalization of poor families, and their struggle for survival.

A daughter's struggle to keep her family alive through poverty, homelessness, and incarceration.

Book News
"Tiny," aka Lisa Gray-Garcia (the founder of POOR Magazine), presents her family memoir growing poor in the United States, where being poor is a criminal act. She describes the experiences of three generations of poor women: her grandmother, "an Irish immigrant, teenage mother and battered woman in pre-New Deal patriarchal America;" her mother, "a mixed-race child surrendered to foster care, a survivor of abuse who tried for many years to escape her childhood torture until one day the struggle became too great"; and herself, who experience homelessness and gradually became a radically politicized anti-poverty activist. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: San Francisco : City Lights Books, c2006
ISBN: 9781931404075
Characteristics: xix, 287 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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