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Shopping Bag Ladies by Ann Marie Rousseau
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Jun 22, 14

Read from June 19 to 22, 2014

We have all seen older women pushing shopping carts full of their worldly belongings, sifting through trash cans and sleeping on sidewalks. Who are these women and how did they get there?

While this book is dated I still consider it an important read. Most of the tales they tell of abusive relationships, alcoholism, and mental illness are no doubt the same today as they were 30 years ago. It is also wrong to think that all of them are mentally disabled. Many of the women in these stories are educated and once had impressive careers, before a series of crises put them on the streets. Others have so descended into mental illness you get the feeling they will never be able to function in a job or household.
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