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Community Read Book Discussion: “This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home,” by Lauren Sandler

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Join Cortland Free Library in partnership with Catholic Charities and the Wishing Wellness Center in person to discuss This Is All I Got: A New Mother’s Search for Home, by Lauren Sandler. Refreshments provided. Registration recommended but not required.

About the Book

Every day, more than forty-five million Americans attempt to survive below the poverty line. Every night, nearly sixty thousand people sleep in New York City-run shelters, 40 percent of them children. In This Is All I Got, Sandler brings this deeply personal issue to life, vividly depicting one woman’s hope and despair and her steadfast determination to change her life despite the myriad setbacks she encounters.

This Is All I Got is a rare feat of reporting and a dramatic story of survival. Sandler’s candid and revealing account also exposes the murky boundaries between a journalist and her subject when it becomes impossible to remain a dispassionate observer. She has written a powerful and unforgettable indictment of a system that is often indifferent to the needs of those it serves, and that sometimes seems designed to fail.




Photo of Lauren Sandler

Photo: © Justin Lane

About the Author

Lauren Sandler is an award-winning journalist. She is the bestselling author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being Oneand Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement. Her essays and features have appeared in dozens of publications including TimeThe New York TimesSlateThe AtlanticThe NationThe New RepublicThe Guardian, and New York. Sandler has led the OpEd Project’s Public Voices Fellowships at Yale, Columbia, and Dartmouth, and has taught in the graduate journalism program at NYU, where she has also been a visiting scholar. She was Poynter Fellow at Yale and a fellow at MacDowell.



This Community Read is funded by the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.


August 20
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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