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Nickel and Dime

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"I'm outta here! I got a future!" crows Roberto Silva when he is down-sized out of his job as a security guard at a bank in Oakland. But Roberto's future isn't the one he was looking forward to. This is the 1990s, and upward mobility in the city requires resources that Roberto is short of. Before he knows it, he is living in an abandoned quonset hut and then on the street, ...more
Hardcover, 197 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by University of New Mexico Press
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Diana Welsch
Nov 29, 2008 Diana Welsch rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a quick and meaningful read
Gary Soto is a poet.

I've never read any of his poetry, and I'm not that interested in poetry, but he writes prose like the best poet that ever existed.

I've read other books and short stories that describe mundane things. Those books can be boring. But Gary Soto, the poet, packs meaning and beauty into every detail of this book. He can (and does) descibe a dog taking a dump and makes it important and meaningful.

This book is about poverty. It's about what happens when a non-homeless person becomes
Dec 03, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
The story follows three characters whose lives intersect in the Fruitvale section of Oakland throughout the late 80's and early 90's. Soto captures so much detail about life on the streets for these men living on the edge of society -- two are bank guards when the book opens, and the other a down on his luck poet. I really felt like I was going back in time, even though it wasn't that long ago. Soto draws out the difficult lives of these characters with quiet humor, and seems to get totally into ...more
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Aug 25, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
When life throws these guys a bone, at least there's humor. This was an amazingly good read on some difficult situations in life.
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Gary Soto, born April 12, 1952, was raised in Fresno, California. He is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which

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