Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Mole People - Toth

Jennifer Toth was just twenty-four when she researched and wrote The Mole People, Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City, just old enough to be a little bit naive and careless.

A study of the thousands of people who were (are?) living in the railway, subway and sewage tunnels of New York, this book was supposedly written "to dismiss the myth of animal-like underground dwellers." 

Well, she didn't really do that. But she wrote a fairly good book about the homeless living in New York. While many books have been written about the homeless, Toth's is a bit different.  Toth delves deep, literally, to find, befriend, and understand a group of people who many do not...many who, in fact, do not even know exist.

Toth shares these people's stories, their histories, highlighting their humanity and need for community, caring, and being accepted and important to others.  In addition, Toth researches and shares some basic history of how this group of people came to exist and why.

This book is quite an eye opener. I found it very interesting.

3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.


Jeane said...

I've heard of this book. It sounds really interesting. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have a copy.