Travels with Lizbeth

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Fawcett Columbine, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 271 pages
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"When I began writing this account I was living under a shower curtain in a stand of bamboo in a public park. I did not undertake to write about homelessness, but wrote what I knew, as an artist paints a still life, not because he is especially fond of fruit, but because the subject is readily at hand." A beautifully written account of one man's experience of homelessness, Travels with Lizbeth is a story of physical survival and the triumph of the artistic spirit in the face of enormous adversity. In his unique voice - dry, disciplined, poignant, comic - Eighner celebrates the companionship of his dog, Lizbeth, and recounts their ongoing struggle to survive on the streets of Austin, Texas, and hitchhiking along the highways to Southern California and back.

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User Review  - William345 - LibraryThing

Hemingway said in a letter that when prose is magical, as it can be in Travels With Lizbeth, that the reader is never sure how it's done. You can reread it all you want and you will never quite know ... Read full review

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User Review  - nandadevi - LibraryThing

If you had to pick one book that would inform you about the life of the homeless this would be it. It has to be said that Eighner can only speak of, and not from, the lowest rungs of the homeless ... Read full review


Hitting the Road
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About the author (1994)

LARS EIGHNER was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1988 he and his dog Lizbeth became homeless, and their experiences over the following three years were recorded in "Travels with Lizbeth", which became a "New York Times Book Review" Editor's Choice, and includes the often-cited essay "On Dumpster Diving." His other works include numerous story collections and a comic novel. He now lives in Austin with his partner.

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