Land of the Lost Souls by Cadillac Man
My Life on the Streets

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For the past 16 years, Cadillac Man (so named because he was once hit by an El Dorado and thereafter bore an imprint of its hood ornament) has lived on the streets of New York City. Over those years, he has recorded the facts of his daily life - the harsh realities of surviving on the street, the often tragic encounters with the non-homeless world, the deep bonds with his fellow homeless, and the surprisingly varied realities of life on the outside - writing hundreds of thousands of words in a series of spiral bound notebooks. "My Life in the Streets" distills those journals into a memoir of homeless life that is peopled with indelible characters and packed with gripping stories. In a gritty, poignant, and funny voice, Cadillac narrates his descent into homelessness, the travails and unexpected freedoms of his life, and the story of his love affair with a young runaway, whom he eventually (and tragically) reunites with her family. The United States has 700,000 homeless people; ultimately, Cadillac's story is their story.
 

About Cadillac Man

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Born in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan, Cadillac Man has lived on the streets in four of New York’s five boroughs. His journals have been excerpted in Esquire magazine.
 
Published July 1, 2009 by Bloomsbury USA. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In his memoir about being homeless in New York City, the writer known as Cadillac Man works to put human faces on the men and women living on the street.

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The New York Times

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Their late-night flatulence sounds like a “marching band of trombones.” Cadillac Man’s story, and maybe all homeless stories, are surprisingly similar to war memoirs or novels written from the perspective of the grunt.

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Publishers Weekly

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Writer, veteran and native Manhattanite Cadillac Man exposes the hidden world of the homeless in this riveting collection of stories from his sixteen years on the streets of New York City.

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A gritty and rough depiction of life on the streets, written by one who lives there.

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Esquire

One day, Cadillac Man lent Will one of his notebooks to read, and not long after the rest of us got to read Cadillac Man's story, too.

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