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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Review: Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets

User Review  - Joan - Goodreads

I wanted to like this book. I feel bad saying a memoir is boring, but... A review says Eighner's style is "simple," which it is. Far too simple to hold my interest, personally. I'm no prude, nor am I ... Read full review

Review: Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets

User Review  - Sean - Goodreads

I remember when this book came out. Picked up a used copy somewhere along the line but never read it. Was curious to see how things have changed in the last 20 years. Not so much. We still hate ... Read full review


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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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