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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Common Ground Worldwide's "Author of the Year" ~ Brianna Karp

Common Ground Worldwide has named Brianna Karp as its "Author of the Year" for 2011. Ms. Karp is the author of The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir.

Although her young life was scarred by violence and abuse, Karp stayed focused on her dream of a steady job and a home of her own. By age twenty-two her dream became reality. Brianna loved her job as an executive assistant and signed the lease on a tiny cottage near the beach. And then the Great Recession hit.

Karp, like millions of others, lost her job. In the six months between the days she was laid off and the day she was forced out onto the street, Karp scrambled for temp work and filed hundreds of job applications, only to find all doors closed.

When she inherited a thirty-foot travel trailer after her father’s suicide, Brianna parked it in a Walmart parking lot and began to blog about her search for work and a way back.

She began her journey as a homeless person terrified and ashamed. Fear turned to awe as she connected with other homeless people whose remarkable stories inspired her to become an activist for the homeless community. Ms. Karp is a co-founder of "World Homeless Action Day," an annual international event held on October 10th.

Deeply compassionate and darkly funny, this unforgettable memoir celebrates the courage and creativity of lives society would otherwise stigmatize.

Common Ground Worldwide proudly applauds the courage demonstrated by Ms. Karp during her journey through homelessness on to becoming a voice for those, who still suffer.

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