Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair by Susan Sheehan
One Family's Passage Through the Child Welfare System

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist presents a harrowing account of fourteen-year-old Crystal Taylor, whose homeless mother is addicted to drugs, as she gives birth to a son and faces the harsh realities of today's inner city. 25,000 first printing. Tour.
 

About Susan Sheehan

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Susan Sheehan is the author of eight works of nonfiction. In 1983, she received a Pulitzer Prize for Is There No Place On Earth For Me? She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker.
 
Published August 24, 1993 by Pantheon. 174 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Here, the young woman's odyssey through group homes, special schools, and subsidized, ``independent'' living situations provides an in-depth, frustrating view of an overburdened system, and Crystal herself both maddens and gains sympathy as she works the system with savvy irresponsibility, surviv...

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Sheehan recounts a black urban family's odyssey through the New York City foster-care system.

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In 1984, 14-year-old Crystal Taylor and her newborn, Daquan Jr., were placed in foster care because Crystal's mother, Florence, was an itinerant drug addict.

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