Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Meanchey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working. Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money--a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past. The Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one womans journey to save her son and another womans chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia--perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia--everyone deserves a second chance.
Oh my heart! "The Rent Collector" is a powerful. It will keep you thinking long after you put it down. This is a book that not only touches your heart, it opens your mind. Although "The Rent Collector" is a work of fiction, it's inspired by the lives of real people living in Stung Meanchey. The main character Sang Ly and her husband live at an actual dump site in Cambodia and survive day to day with what they are able to collect and turn in for food. Page by page you are submerged into Sang Ly's world and she immediately captures your heart with her determination, sense of humor, and wisdom. A turning point in her life happens when she realizes that the old drunk lady who comes to collect their rent each month knows how to read. With the determination that only a mother can have, she is convinced that if she learns to read she will be able to help her chronically ill child. The Rent Collector reluctantly agrees to help Sang Lee read. So begins an unusual relationship between Sang Ly, the student and Sopeap, the teacher. Through the story we live through Sang Ly's tragedies, triumphs, hopes, dreams, and frustrations. The story is beautifully written, there are stories within stories as Sopeap teaches Sang Ly to read and the meaning of literature. Lessons are learned as we find out that there's more than meets the eye as Sang Ly gets to know the drunk old woman known as The Rent Collector. I loved this book and plan to read another one written by the same author called The Orphan Keeper. If you're looking for a heartfelt story that will make you laugh and cry check this one out.
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If you have never heard of Humans of New York you need to go to Facebook and look it up immediately. I'm not quite sure how I heard about it but I was instantly addicted and started to follow his FB posts. The premise behind Humans of New York is that a guy goes up to random strangers in New York and asks them a question. He takes a picture of them and writes their stories. Everyone has a story to tell, right? The concept is so easy but the stories and the pictures leave an impression on your heart. Some of the stories will tickle your funny bone, while others will break your heart.
St. Martin's Press
Brandon Stanton says this of his project:
“Humans of New York began as a photography project in 2010. The initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street, and create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants. Somewhere along the way, I began to interview my subjects in addition to photographing them. And alongside their portraits, I'd include quotes and short stories from their lives.” Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog. HONY now has over twenty million followers on social media, and provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City.
This is the book that I'll be giving away during the "Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop" that will start on August 15th.