Monday, August 12, 2013
Homeless at Harvard~ a book review
Homeless at Harvard by John Christopher Frame
John Frame, a student at Harvard University spends 10 weeks living on the streets of Harvard Square in order to get a perspective of homelessness and people who live their lives on the streets. He makes friendships with many, whom show him “the ropes” of homelessness and the homeless community.
Among those he meets and shares their stories are: Chubby John, who offers John a place to sleep, Dane, George, and Neal- who battles alcoholism and poor health, yet a highly spiritual man.
Although John feels like he did nothing to really help the homeless situation during his time on the streets, he does come away with one important lesson that he’s learned; that the homeless are just people like you and me, and only want to be loved and accepted.
I enjoyed reading this book. I learned things about homeless life that I did not know. The closest I’ve ever come to seeing or helping the homeless, was encountering a single person, alone, panhandling on a street.
I learned that they are a community that get together, talk, share, and give to each other. I learned that there are many situations that have led people to homelessness. Not all who live on the streets are drug addicts, alcoholics, or have a mental illness. Yet these conditions do exist.
I encourage everyone to read this book, whether you have an interest about homelessness, a fear of the homeless, or just to gain some gratitude for what you do have in life.
I received this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest opinion.