This Is All I Got

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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.

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Title:This Is All I Got
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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...

  • Jill Diamond

    Gripping story of a single mother’s constant struggle to find housing, battle the system, pull herself and her young son up and out of poverty. Movingly reported by a journalist who follows her for ...

  • Liz

    Among American society's many current failings, housing is one I've not paid much attention to. This chronicle of a bright, motivated mother's battle through the thickets of byzantine bureaucracy in N...

  • Myles

    Admirers of Tara Westover’s memoir “Educated” will recognize the parallels in Lauren Sandler’s anti-heroine, Camilla Alvarez, a semi-educated single mom of Dominican heritage navigating the ju...

  • Nadia

    This book made me deeply uncomfortable for a number of reasons, but I think is absolutely essential reading for anyone who thinks that there is a system in place to help the struggling people of this ...

  • Jessica

    Lauren Sandler wanted to follow a homeless mother for a year in order to write about her story and the effect of poverty and homelessness on a new mother. She meets Camila at a private shelter run by ...

  • Alyssa Potasznik

    Wow. I'm not sure if I can articulate my thoughts on this book very well.First off, it is critically important, incredibly well-written, and you should absolutely read it.In this book, the author, Lau...