The Mole People (Paperback)

Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City

By Jennifer Toth

Chicago Review Press, 9781556522413, 280pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1995

List Price: 16.95*
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Thousands of people live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels that form the bowels of New York City and this book is about them, the so-called mole people. They live alone and in communities, in subway tunnels and below subway platforms and this fascinating study presents how and why people move underground, who they are, and what they have to say about their lives and the “topside” world they’ve left behind.

About the Author

Jennifer Toth is a journalist and the author of Orphans of the Living: Stories of America's Children in Foster Care and What Happened to Johnnie Jordan?: The Story of a Child Turning Violent.

Praise For The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City

“Toth pulls the reader into this netherworld. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

"A fascinating book." —A Bookish Affair