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The Street or Me: A New York Story

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A sidewalk hello between two diverse women in a New York City neighborhood begins an inspiring story about redemption over evil. Michelle Browning is 33, drunk and a former beauty queen who nears death after six years of homelessness. Judith Glynn is divorced with grown children and struggles to support herself in her adopted city. After their first hello, neither woman is ...more
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by Fox Point Press
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Louise Fisher
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
THE STREET OR ME BY JUDITH GLYNN
I have always had a heart for those living on the streets. I like to look a homeless person in the eye before asking if there is anything they may need whilst I am out shopping or simply to say hello and ask how's their day. I know this makes them feel important and a little less lonely.
But then along comes Judith Glynn who takes homelessness to a whole new level as she so beautifully shares her true story with her readers of her experience with one troubled you
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Linda Kissam
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I review the research on the homeless epidemic, I keep coming across the same golden rules for dealing with “Street People”

• Avoid confrontations and maintain a safe distance. Use caution is dealing with them.
•Do not offer food or money. It may encourage more panhandling. If you are inclined to help the homeless, it is better to contribute to local charities, missions, food banks, or social service organizations that assist the needy.
•Do not permit anyone to camp or loiter on your property

The
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Lorca Damon
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book was like pulling off a bandaid. You want to do it fast and get it over with because you know it's going to hurt a lot, but you can't because you're afraid of how bad it might be. So you tear it off slowly, getting used to the pain little by little as you go. Reading a firsthand account of someone who was intimately connected to possibly the lowest status a human can get was so hard that I wanted to hurry up and get to the end, but I knew there was no way the end was going to be ...more
Elizabeth Maher
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story!

This is a great story written with love and respect of two women who met randomly! One desperately needed help to overcome addictions and homelessness. It's a story that resonates with compassion, practical approaches and two strong women who had to face the rem be to f alcohol! One was possessed by it and the other women extended herself to build bridges and a friendship with trust and love! Fantastic read and it's gritty, filled with pain and often despair. Yet their is a thread
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Andrew D Rowland
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing memoir!

I really enjoyed this book! I don’t want to say to much about the story because I don’t want to ruin the ending for other readers. Kudos to Judith for helping her. Homelessness is a real epidemic! I work had at low budget motel and see it everyday.
Laura Watkins
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An insightful memoir of two women, an independent New Yorker and a homeless woman

This memoir details the accidental coming together of a writer in New York. Over several years, Judith learns to love Michele, homeless woman enough to persist in helping her return to her Italian family.
Jeanette
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic True Story

I did not want this book to end, it's an unusual story which kept me on edge wondering how things were going to turn out, am grateful Judith Glynn decided to share this amazing story of how she helped a very special lady
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Sue
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and well written

I enjoyed reading this story of the NYC homeless even tho it was quite sad. I could feel Judith's conflicting emotions throughout the book.
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J.P. Willson
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately and fortunately, I have been on both sides of the topic of this true story.
Firstly as the alcoholic needing the help, then as the recovered alcoholic wanting to help others.
Thankfully I'm still able to be helping others.
I must commend the author on her monumental undertaking storied here as I know how hard that battle can be. Having the foresight to know first off that recovery is not something that can be forced on others just because we may deem it necessary.
Doesn't work that way
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Marlene
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone has an opinion when they see a homeless person sleeping on the streets or panhandling for money, but not everyone takes the time to learn their story. Judith had always avoided these people. A New York transplant, she wasn’t accustomed to associating with people who weren’t like her. But when she witnesses a scene between a homeless woman and two security guards outside the Hearst building, there’s something about the woman that captures Judith’s attention. She’s not sure if it’s the in ...more
Chris Wolak
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely accept review copies directly from authors, but was intrigued enough by the premise of this book to give it a shot.

This book sounds like a do-gooder, co-dependent story, right? But it's not. Its part mystery really, a mystery of the heart. Why do we instantly connect with some people and not with others, ever, even when we want to have a connection with a particular person?

It's also part horror story, the horror of a hopeless case of alcoholism and the resulting homelessness. Glynn shar
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Kt
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars

The Street or Me is very hard to review it without giving the ending away; which I don’t want to do. Instead let me say that if you like memoirs but want something a bit left of centre to the usual life story, then this is for you.

In summary, it’s the story of Judith Glynn and Michelle Browning, two women living in New York City. A sidewalk hello sees Glynn, who is struggling to make ends meet herself; strike up an unlikely relationship with Browning, an alcoholic who has been homeless fo
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Angie
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, ri-authors
Synopsis: "Judith Glynn can barely make ends meet in New York City when she befriends Michelle, a homeless drunk in her neighborhood. Previously a beauty queen in Italy, Michelle had come to the states when an American photographer convinced her that fame and fortune awaited. Drugs and alcohol got in the way of that dream. Putting her life aside and risking her own safety, Judith is determined to recover Michelle’s dignity and return her to her family in Italy. But is Michelle too far gone, pref ...more
Alison
This was an interesting true story about the author and a homeless woman she tries to help in the NYC neighborhood where she lives. Judith Glynn would see Michelle around her neighborhood, an alcoholic and drug addict for a time, married to another street person, and hanging out with a close knit homeless group. She and her husband once, happy and well to do, fell into the lure of alcohol. Michelle was an Italian citizen who had come to the USA ten years before, after an American photographer pu ...more
Carlene Havel
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many people talk about the plight of the homeless, or drop a few coins into a kettle at Christmastime. This author actually did something, and it all started with a caring relationship. Yes, she helped only one person. If each one of us did the same, imagine what an impact that would have. I appreciated the writer not glossing over the difficulty of her mission, and her refusal to portray herself as a faultless saint. In fact, tidbits about the author's introspection and interaction with her ...more
Sue
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this true story, Glynn tells of her experience trying to help a homeless woman she met on the streets of New York. Michelle, originally from Italy, is sick, filthy and hopelessly addicted to alcohol. But something makes Glynn stop and talk to her. They become friends, and Glynn embarks on a near-impossible quest to get Michelle sober and help her go home to Italy. Glynn, divorced, short on money and separated from most of her family, has her own issues. It’s a gripping story, well told, and i ...more
Crista
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great perspective on homelessness in America

A very interesting look into how compassion can change people in any situation but doesn't always save them from themselves.
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Jessica
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars for the story

The story of Michelle is great, and much needed. However, I could have done without the constant ‘yay me’ references and self righteous tone of the author. She’s a bit dramatic and frankly, insulting towards a population of people who are already outcasts.
Dennis Cardiff
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone over the age of eighteen
This is a fascinating read, raw, gritty and filled with emotion. Having known many street people over the past six years, I identified with the author in her intervention with a street alcoholic. Seven of my friends and a dog have died during this period. Joy (not her real name) is the mirror image of Michelle. Our conversations were very similar to those in Judith Glynn's book. Sadly, Joy died last month at the age of forty-nine. Other friends died at a similarly young age.

I commend Judith Glyn
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Cristina Dior
This true-life story about one woman's befriending of a homeless woman in New York City is a pleasant read. I appreciated Ms. Glynn's realism - her perspective was not one of savior, but of average citizen with a heart. I struggled, at times, to find compassion within myself to identify with the homeless woman (Michelle), and also with Ms. Glynn as she attempted to intersperse her personal vulnerability throughout the novel. Often, however, the vulnerability was presented too matter-of-fact and ...more
Linda Carvelli
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of us don't make eye contact with anyone different than ourselves. Some of us are selfless. Someone once told me every action is a result of fear or love. Judith's story is one of friendship and love...maybe even of love conquering fear. Two lives enriched by a relationship that, to most, would seem utterly unlikely. Judith's story will restore your faith in humanity. Emotional at times yet quick and easy to read. You can't help but want to know how the story ends. ...more
Shae
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting...homeless people are persons too. One never knows what has caused another to be sleeping on the streets....
Cassandra
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was a great insight to the homeless community. ...all to often we judge others...I wasn't expecting the ending ...more
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