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The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City Paperback – 1 Jan 1993

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Product details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Reissue edition (1 Jan. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155652241X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556522413
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Toth pulls the reader into this netherworld. Highly recommended." --"Library Journal"


"A fascinating book." --"A Bookish Affair"


Toth pulls the reader into this netherworld. Highly recommended. "Library Journal"
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"A fascinating book." "A Bookish Affair"
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About the Author

Jennifer Toth is a journalist and the author of "Orphans of the Living: Stories of America's Children in Foster Care" and "What Happened to Johnnie Jordan?: The Story of a Child Turning Violent."


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The author takes on on a labyrinthine journey through the tunnels between NYC subway system…..we meet the denizens of this subterranean realm……at times it borders on the barely credible…….but the story is backed up with photographs……. really shocking news at what is going on 'beneath our feet', as it were……….. something which could almost border on and into a Stephen King/ Clive Barker - ie 'Nightbreeds' scenario…….. well worth a second read though……..
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By A Customer on 15 Feb. 1999
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I am 12 I read the book and thought it was great. I thought for me living in a small town it would expand my knowledge. I liked the way she described the underground life for people. It educated me alot about NewYork city. I also just enjoyed the book all together. I highly recomend it.
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The Mole People by Jennifer Toth was a wonderful novel that gave its readers incredible information about the underground. The book was written like a documentary, aimed to inform more than to entertain. The description that Toth used all throughout the book was excellent. "In the recess of the tunnel, Mac does not need a trap with stale food or a feces-soaked rag to catch 'track rabbits,' as rats are known to the underground homeless. They come because the garbage is as dense as its stench." Descirbing the scene she was witnessing, Toth gives her audience a clear picture of what underground life is really like. I think that Toth did an excellant job incorporating the facts along with the stories; making the book a very fun read. Some chapters were committed completely to statistics and opinions of the aboveground variety, while other chapters told the real life stories of inhabitants of the tunnels. The Mole People was fascinating in the sense that it introduced me to a way of life that I never even knew existed. The tunnels underground New York City are filled with thousands of homeless people; some living as far as seven stories beneath the street. With separate communities, some even including doctors, teachers and mayors, the people who live in the tunnels are all unique. Some of the mole people, as they are referred to by those uneducated about the underground, are very independent of each other, while others rely heavily on their tunnel neighbors. "The surprising wonder of Bernard's tunnel is less that people can survive in such an environment than that they can work together and even care, sometimes intensely, for each other.Read more ›
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By A Customer on 5 Oct. 1998
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As someone who worked with homeless people in NYC for a decade, and one of those to whom Toth came for help when she first began her "research," I can tell you that this isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Before the book, Toth wrote a piece for the LA Times about the "mole people." Most of the people she had interviewed for that article (homeless people and those who work with them) signed a letter to the paper protesting its inaccuracy. The letter as never printed, but Toth managed to squeeze a book out of her "golly gee" approach. Glad she could make some cash from exploiting the freak-show qualities of grinding poverty.
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Apparently there's some controversy over exactly how accurately the people in this book are described. For me, I don't care. The fact they exist is fascinating enough and I have enormous respect for the fact that Jennifer Toth was brave enough to seek them out and enter their world. She writes about them with an honest sympathy and doesn't hide their more unwelcome characteristics. Great piece of reporting.
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So far so good. This book is all that I hoped for. Being a writer myself generally on a topic of life beneath the streets of New York on a purely fictional level, The Mole People supplied me with all the missing links. I am half way through it, and enjoying every well written word. I commend Jennifer Toth on her research and realise that the information she has supplied has indeed taken the fantasy out of tunnel life. Beauty and the Beast as written by Ron Koslow showed us a wonderful life beneath the streets of Manhattan so much so that around 3000 fans of the TV show would have given their right arm to escape the world above just to live down in the tunnels. But Jennifer Toth has shown us the real world beneath the city streets, the courage of those that reside there and the heartbreak of those who through having nowhere but beneath the streets to live have had their children taken from them and placed into care. Certainly not quite the euphoria I and other Beauty and the Beast followers write about. Truly Jennifer Toth's exploration of life beneath the city's streets has opened my eyes, and I am indebted to her for doing so. For bringing to my mind the suffering such people living such lives undergo just for survival. It brings it home to me how wicked the world we live in is, how heartless and uncaring people can be, and I know I will never look upon the plight of the homeless in quite the same way again. From now on I will be more caring toward such people in any way that I can wherever they may be. So thank you Jennifer from the bottom of my heart.
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