No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions by Ryan BergNo House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions by Ryan Berg

No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions

byRyan Berg

Paperback | August 23, 2016

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In this lyrical debut, Ryan Berg immerses readers in the gritty, dangerous, and shockingly underreported world of homeless LGBTQ teens in New York. As a caseworker in a group home for disowned LGBTQ teenagers, Berg witnessed the struggles, fears, and ambitions of these disconnected youth as they resisted the pull of the street, tottering between destruction and survival.

Focusing on the lives and loves of eight unforgettable youth,No House to Call My Hometraces their efforts to break away from dangerous sex work and cycles of drug and alcohol abuse, and, in the process, to heal from years of trauma. From Bella's fervent desire for stability to Christina's irrepressible dreams of stardom to Benny's continuing efforts to find someone to love him, Berg uncovers the real lives behind the harrowing statistics: over 4,000 youth are homeless in New York City#151;43 percent of them identify as LGBTQ.

Through these stories, Berg compels us to rethink the way we define privilege, identity, love, and family. Beyond the tears, bluster, and bravado, he reveals the force that allows them to carry on#151;the irrepressible hope of youth.
Ryan Bergis a Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writers Fellow and received the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature. His work has appeared inPloughshares,Local Knowledgeand theSun. Berg has been awarded artist residencies from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.
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Title:No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other TransgressionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5 × 1 inPublished:August 23, 2016Publisher:PublicaffairsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1568585683

ISBN - 13:9781568585680

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"Ryan Berg opens a window into the troubled, often ignored world of New York City's foster care system, and by extension, America. No House to Call My Home is an important work that will be a revelation for many." —Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, author of Brief Encounters With the Enemy and When Skateboards Will Be Free"In No House to Call My Home Ryan Berg takes us into the New York foster care system—where he worked for two years as a residential counselor in a group home for LGBTQ youth of color—and gives us, along the way, an earnest, heartfelt, and deeply compassionate portrait of that most fundamental of human needs: to be loved unconditionally. Berg is a brave and clear-eyed writer, and this profoundly important book should be required reading for anyone wishing to be a better ally—or, for that matter, for anyone wishing to be a better human being." —Lacy M. Johnson, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and author of The Other Side