Natalie on the Street by Ann Nietzke

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Unwavering exploration of homelessness, mental illness, the condition of being old, female, and alone
 

About Ann Nietzke

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Published January 1, 1994 by Calyx Books. 190 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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In addition to facing the problems inherent in her lonely, homeless life (no toilet, no place to cook, bathe, or change clothes, no protection from the elements), Natalie displayed symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia, which would make it difficult for her to adapt to life in a shelter for the home...

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Nietzke worked at a Los Angeles psychiatric shelter when she began this diary of her unusual friendship with a 74-year-old homeless woman, who violates ``every conventional notion of `femininity' and forces us to remember death.'' Death, the prospect of a dead woman on her sidewalk, is what impel...

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On page 14 of "Natalie on the Street," Ann Nietzke writes: "Many women, especially unmarried women, have at least considered the fact that we live only a step or two or three away from the streets ourselves and that in America the older we get the more precarious our positions become."

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