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Travels with Lizbeth


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“Lars Eighner is the Thoreau of the Dumpsters. Comparisons to Defoes Robinson Crusoe and Hamsuns Hunger leap to mind. A classic of down-and-out literature.” —Phillip Lopate


When Travels with Lizbeth was first published in 1993, it was proclaimed an instant classic. Lars Eighners account of his descent into homelessness and his adventures on the streets has moved, charmed, and amused generations of readers. As Lars wrote, “When I began writing this account I was living under a shower curtain in a stand of bamboo in a public park. I did not undertake to write about homelessness, but wrote what I knew, as an artist paints a still life, not because he is especially fond of fruit, but because the subject is readily at hand.” 

Containing the widely anthologized essay “On Dumpster Diving,” Travels with Lizbeth is a beautifully written account of one man's experience of homelessness, a story of physical survival, and the triumph of the artistic spirit in the face of enormous adversity. In his unique voice—dry, disciplined, poignant, comic—Eighner celebrates the companionship of his dog, Lizbeth, and recounts their ongoing struggle to survive on the streets of Austin, Texas, and hitchhiking along the highways to Southern California and back.

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A nonsentimental but compelling account of Eighner's homelessness on the streets of Austin, Texas and on the road to Southern California and back with his dog Lizbeth.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

LARS EIGHNER was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1988 he and his dog Lizbeth became homeless, and their experiences over the following three years were recorded in Travels with Lizbeth, which became a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, and includes the often-cited essay "On Dumpster Diving." His other works include numerous story collections and a comic novel. He now lives in Austin with his partner.

Product Details

Three Years on the Road and on the Streets
Eighner, Lars
St. Martin's Griffin
New York :
Homeless persons
Homelessness -- United States.
Homeless persons -- United States -- Biography.
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1st ed.
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8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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