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Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date September 1, 1994
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679754503
ISBN-10 0679754504
Dimensions 0.75 by 8 by 5.25 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: On October 7, 1984, Crystal Taylor gave birth to a baby boy whom she named Daquan. Crystal was only fourteen. She was living with a boyfriend whom she was too young to marry, and her mother was addicted to heroin and cocaine. So under the law, Crystal and Daquan became wards of New York State’s foster-care system—a sprawling, often slipshod web of boarding facilities, halfway houses, and paid surrogates that cares for almost 60,000 children.

Life for Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair
is the story of what happened to Crystal and Daquan, as well as to Crystal’s mother, who herself had grown up in various foster homes. It is a story of three generations of poverty, addiction, and abuse—and also a story of astonishing human resilience. And Susan Sheehan tells it with the same flawless observation, humor, and compassion that she brought to her classic Is There No Place on Earth for Me?

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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
About: On October 7, 1984, Crystal Taylor gave birth to a baby boy whom she named Daquan.
Book cover for 9780785769729
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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