Want To Read NOW: Scratch Beginnings


Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search For the American Dream by Adam Shepard

I am going to start – almost literally from scratch – with one 8′ x 10′ tarp, a sleeping bag, an empty gym bag, $25, and the clothes on my back. Via train, I will be dropped at a random place somewhere in the southeastern United States that is not in my home state of North Carolina. I have 365 days to become free of the realities of homelessness and become a “regular” member of society. After one year, for my project to be considered successful, I have to possess an operable automobile, live in a furnished apartment (alone or with a roommate), have $2500 in cash, and, most importantly, I have to be in a position in which I can continue to improve my circumstances by either going to school or starting my own business.

I’ve read the intro and I want to read this book. NOW.

I have an Endless Queue of books and I never allow something to jump in front unless it’s something related to something I need to do for this blog (right now, that’s meant reading Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, for a post that might or might work out).

But this book I want NOW. I’ll put aside the Fleming and read this first.

The NYPL has ordered only two copies and already has a 20-long queue.

If I wait for the NYPL, it won’t get in this blog (because this blog ends 12/31/08).

HarperCollins, give up a review copy!

I’ll make a frikkin trip to your offices and you can leave it with the lobby security guard, for crying out loud. That’s how NOW I mean!

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2 Comments on “Want To Read NOW: Scratch Beginnings”

  1. Emma Larkins Says:

    Thanks for the recommendation! This does look like a cool book. I’ve added it to my Amazon list.

  2. Adam Shepard Says:

    Ha. I like it. I want it NOW! Email me your mailing address and I’ll get my publicist to send a copy out to you. :)

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