The Girl's Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp
A Memoir

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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.

And 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.

 

About Brianna Karp

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Since losing her job in 2008, Brianna Karp has become an advocate and spokesperson for the homeless.
 
Published May 1, 2011 by Harlequin Nonfiction. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Romance. Non-fiction

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But when the crippling recession hit, the author was laid off in a stroke of bad luck that left her homeless but not “hopeless.” As a result, writes the author, she went from being an independent woman to a social outcast in a matter of mere months.

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In this candid and wickedly humorous memoir, Karp recounts her struggles of going from having a steady job to living in a trailer in a Southern California Wal-Mart parking lot in a matter of days.

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Book Reporter

Take an armchair rollercoaster ride through the eyes of sharp-witted, long-suffering, youthful, talented new author Brianna Karp.

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BellaOnline

I just got finished reading The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp, and I have to say, I was barely able to put the book down.

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Portland Book Review

Karp had worked since the age of 10 but in 2008, like millions of other hardworking Americans, Karp was laid off as a result of a downsizing.

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