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Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Pantheon Books
Publication date September 1, 1993
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679414728
ISBN-10 067941472X
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $21.00
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Summaries and Reviews
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist presents a harrowing account of fourteen-year-old Crystal Taylor, whose homeless mother is addicted to drugs, as she gives birth to a son and faces the harsh realities of today's inner city. 25,000 first printing. Tour. description: Product Description: On October 7, 1984, in the seventh month of her pregnancy, Crystal Taylor gave birth to a son. Because Crystal's mother didn't have her own apartment, Crystal had been living temporarily with the baby's father and his parents. But what concerned the hospital case worker was Crystal herself. According to law, fourteen-year-old Crystal was too young to be discharged from the hospital on her own. Both mother and baby would have to be placed in foster care.
There are nearly half a million foster children in the United States. The emotional consequences of foster care - of being moved from one home to another, from foster family to institution and back - on any child are unpredictable. Life For Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair charts a terrifying legacy of institutional abuse and neglect, shows the damage that has been inflicted on three generations of one inner-city family, and paints a haunting portrait of children growing up without childhood.
Susan Sheehan has written an astonishing and harrowing account of the consequences of a mother's homelessness and drug addiction on her child and grandchild.

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from Pantheon Books (September 1, 1993); titled "Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair"
9780679414728 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $21.00
About: Presents the harrowing story of a homeless woman addicted to drugs and her fourteen-year-old daughter, who gives birth to a son and must face the harsh realities of today's inner city
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from Vintage Books (September 1, 1994); titled "Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair"
9780679754503 | details & prices | 8.00 × 5.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $15.00
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from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999); titled "Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair"
9780785769729 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $27.00

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