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Have You Found Her: A Memoir

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And every week, there was the unspoken question, the one I didn’t know enough to ask myself : Have you found her yet? The one who reminds you of you?

Twenty years after she lived at a homeless shelter for teens, Janice Erlbaum went back to volunteer. Now thirty-four years old and a successful writer, she’d changed her life for the better; now she wanted to help someone else–someone like the girl she’d once been.

Then she met Sam. A brilliant nineteen-year-old junkie savant, the product of a horrifically abusive home, Sam had been surviving alone on the streets since she was twelve and was now struggling for sobriety against the adverse health effects of long-term drug abuse.

Soon Janice found herself caring deeply for Sam, following her through detoxes and psych wards, halfway houses and hospitals, becoming ever more manically driven to save her from the sickness and sadness leftover from Sam’s terrible past. But just as Janice was on the verge of becoming the girl’s legal guardian, she made a shocking discovery: Sam was sicker than anyone knew, in ways nobody could have imagined.

Written with startling candor and immediacy, Have You Found Her is the story of one woman’s quest to save a girl’s life–and the hard truths she learns about herself along the way.

“A rich and compelling account . . . Ultimately this is a book about the narrator’s journey and the dangers that attend the urge within us all to believe we can save another soul. A terrific read.”

–Cammie McGovern, author of Eye Contact

Synopsis:

The author of Girlbomb describes her return to the New York City youth shelter in which she had lived as a teenage runaway, this time as a volunteer, and her relationship with Sam, a bright, sensitive, but troubled teenager from the Midwest, the product of an abusive home, who is struggling with the health effects of long-term drug abuse. Original. 30,000 first printing.

About the Author

Janice Erlbaum is the author of Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir and Have You Found Her, which was named one of the New York Public Library's 25 Books to Remember. A former columnist for BUST magazine, she lives in New York City with her partner Bill Scurry. You can find her at www.girlbomb.com

Table of Contents

How I became the bead lady — New favorite alert — Twelve days of Christmas — Gone — Psych — Rehabilitation — Spring — Second Verse — Elopement — Make a wish — Good times — Unlucky — I did — Revelations — Aftershocks — Happiest place on Earth — Family day — Since U been gone.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345504593
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Erlbaum, Janice
Author:
Janice Erlbaum
Author:
of <i>Eye Contact </i>
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Problem youth
Subject:
Employees
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Erlbaum, Janice
Subject:
Homeless teenagers - New York (State) -
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Self Help-Memoirs
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080212
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
348

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Poverty

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Product details 348 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780345504593 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author of Girlbomb describes her return to the New York City youth shelter in which she had lived as a teenage runaway, this time as a volunteer, and her relationship with Sam, a bright, sensitive, but troubled teenager from the Midwest, the product of an abusive home, who is struggling with the health effects of long-term drug abuse. Original. 30,000 first printing.
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