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Excerpt from Janice Erlbaum: Have You Found Her?

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Excerpt from Janice Erlbaum: Have You Found Her?
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Janice Erlbaum reads from her new memoir, the story of her attempts to rescue a brilliant, homeless, 19-year-old junkie who reminded her of herself. Twenty years after she lived at a homeless shelter for teens, Janice Erlbaum went back to volunteer. Now 34 years old and a successful writer, she'd changed her life for the better and she wanted to help someone else-someone like the girl she'd once been. Then she met Sam. A brilliant, 19-year-old junkie savant, the product of a horrifically abusive home, Sam had been surviving alone on the streets since she was twelve and was now struggling for sobriety against the adverse health effects of long-term drug abuse. Soon Janice found herself caring deeply for Sam, following her through detoxes and psych wards, halfway houses and hospitals, becoming ever more manically driven to save her from the sickness and sadness leftover from Sam's terrible past. But just as Janice was on the verge of becoming the girl's legal guardian, she made a shocking discovery: Sam was sicker than anyone knew, in ways nobody could have imagined. Written with startling candor and immediacy, iHave You Found Heri is the story of one woman's quest to save a girl's life and the hard truths she learns about herself along the way.moreless
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