Book Talk: Vivian Ho's Those Who Wander: America’s Lost Street Kids
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Vivian is the former crime reporter at the SF Chronicle—her coverage of the shocking 2015 double murder of two strangers, perpetrated by 3 area street kids, is the impetus for her new book, which explores the counterculture of America’s vagabond youth. It’s a deep dive into the rising subculture of street kids, that’s changing not only the fabric of the Bay area, but across the country.
About the book, from the publisher:
In 2015, the senseless Bay Area murders of twenty-three-year-old Audrey Carey and sixty-seven-year-old Steve Carter were personal tragedies for the victims’ families. But they also shed light on a more complex issue. The killers were three drifters scrounging for a living among a burgeoning counterculture population. Soon this community of runaways and transients became vulnerable scapegoats of a modern witch hunt. The supposedly progressive residents of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, only two generations removed from the Summer of Love, now feared all of society’s outcasts as threats.
In Those Who Wander, Vivian Ho delves deep into a rising subculture that’s changing the very fabric of her city and all of urban America. Moving beyond the disheartening statistics, she gives voices to these young people -- victims of abuse, failed foster care, mental illness, and drug addiction. She also doesn’t ignore the threat they pose to themselves and to others as a dangerous dark side emerges. With alarming urgency, she asks what can be done to save the next generation of America’s vagabond youth.
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