Book Talk | This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home
This event is a virtual panel discussion that will be live-streamed via Youtube & Twitter
Guests can pose questions via Twitter
NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you for a book talk for This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home featuring the author Lauren Sandler in conversation with New York Times nonfiction critic, Jennifer Szalai.
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.
Every day, more than forty-five million Americans attempt to survive below the poverty line. Every night, nearly sixty thousand people sleep in New York City-run shelters, 40 percent of them children. In This Is All I Got, Sandler brings this deeply personal issue to life, vividly depicting one woman’s hope and despair and her steadfast determination to change her life despite the myriad setbacks she encounters.
This Is All I Got is a rare feat of reporting and a dramatic story of survival. Sandler’s candid and revealing account also exposes the murky boundaries between a journalist and her subject when it becomes impossible to remain a dispassionate observer. She has written a powerful and unforgettable indictment of a system that is often indifferent to the needs of those it serves, and that sometimes seems designed to fail.
Lauren Sandler is an award-winning journalist, essayist, and author. Her third book is This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home, a work of narrative nonfiction about a young homeless woman in New York. Sandler has written about inequality in its myriad forms for publications including The New York Times, New York, The New Republic, The Nation, Slate, and Salon, and has worked as a producer at NPR.
Jennifer Szalai is currently a book critic at The New York Times. She was previously an editor at the Book Review and a senior editor at Harper’s Magazine.
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