Deborah Copaken by no means needed to be ‘Shutterbabe.’ Her new memoir is on her phrases.

A: No, as a result of this isn’t a generalized e book about impoverished single motherhood. It’s a memoir of 1 middle-aged lady with a number of severe sicknesses, one after the opposite, who took a steep fall off the middle-class ladder into the sudden-onset poverty that’s all too widespread, particularly for ladies, in a rustic with out ample medical health insurance, youngster care or social security nets. Clearly, girls born into poverty on this nation, notably girls of shade, have it far worse than a White lady born into the middle-class. It’s additionally true that at one level, whereas paying two faculty tuitions and $2,300 a month for COBRA [health coverage], I had $6 in my checking account, $42,000 in bank card debt and no meals in my fridge. A Harvard diploma doesn’t defend you from that form of free fall.

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