Release date: 01/2012

Imprint: MIRA


The Girl's Guide to Homelessness

by Brianna Karp

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Brianna Karp entered the workforce at age ten, supporting her mother and sister throughout her teen years in Southern California. Although her young life was scarred by violence and abuse, Karp stayed focused on her dream of a steady job and a home of her own. By age twenty-two her dream became reality. Karp loved her job as an executive assistant and signed the lease on a tiny cottage near the beach.

Then the Great Recession hit. Karp, like millions of others, lost her job. In the six months between the day she was laid off and the day she was forced out onto the street, Karp scrambled for temp work and filed hundreds of job applications, only to find all doors closed. When she inherited a thirty-foot travel trailer after her father’s suicide, Karp parked it in a Walmart parking lot and began to blog about her search for work and a way back.

Karp began her journey as a homeless person terrified and ashamed. Fear turned to awe as she connected with others in her same position whose remarkable stories inspired her to become an activist for the homeless community.

Deeply compassionate and darkly funny, this unforgettable memoir celebrates the courage and creativity of lives society would otherwise stigmatise.
"This powerful memoir will challenge preconceptions and demands compassion."
The Daily Telegraph

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Brianna Karp My name is Brianna Karp and I am the author of The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness.

I suppose I am a typical Orange County girl. Due to multiple factors, I suddenly and unexpectedly found myself homeless – with a giant, goofy, hungry dog tagging along for the ride!

Now I’ve written a book about being just one of the millions of homeless voices in America.

I am an educated woman with stable employment and residence history. I have never done drugs. I am not mentally ill. I am a...

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