Land of the Lost Souls
My Life on the Streets
By Cadillac Man
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781596914063, 304pp.)
Publication Date: March 17, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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A moving, funny, and unforgettable memoir of homeless life in New York
For the past sixteen years, Cadillac Man has lived on the streets of New York City. Over those years, he has recorded the facts of his daily life, writing hundreds of thousands of words in a series of spiral-bound notebooks. Cadillac Man: My Life on the Streets distills those journals into a memoir of homeless life, full of indelible characters and packed with gripping stories. In a gritty, poignant, and funny voice, Cadillac narrates his descent into homelessness, the struggles 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 seven hundred thousand homeless people; ultimately, Cadillac’s story is their story.
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.