over a year, we walked and drove the 8.3 square miles of the city of
Santa Monica, interviewing and photographing homeless women. We
wanted to document their presence, to bear witness to their lives,
to leave a tangible record of their individual words and faces so
that they would not disappear from public memory, so that they would
not be forgotten. Homeless people in Santa Monica have become such a
constant presence in the city, such a part of the cityís routine,
that they can be almost invisible. And homeless women are the least
visible of all.
They donít congregate in public places the way homeless men do; they
are often alone and quiet, or in semi-hiding. Or their appearances
and actions make us uncomfortable so we pretend we donít see them.
Itís easier to turn away. Itís a relief. But once we allow
yourselves to see, and we donít look away or through them or beyond
them, we see them everywhere.
We hope this book makes them visible. We hope that the next time you
see a homeless woman, you really see her.
Blanket of Stars:
Homeless Women in Santa Monica
Angel City Press
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"...photos...striking and empathetic, interviews so authentic...a
book that is also a tool to educate, inform, and spread compassion
for an often-neglected group of people..."
images are compelling. The voices connect. The Noble's work should
inspire caring and action."
Garcetti, former Los Angeles County District Attorney, Master
pass these women every day without stopping. But not Frances Noble
and Ian Noble. They stopped and heard the stories of these
Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus, author, USC
Professor of History
"...elegantly humanizes these people whom we walk by on
errands...not knowing what to do--and they have done something!"
-- Ann Zwicker Kerr, Coordinator, Fulbright Program at UCLA, author,
"...gives voice and grace to women from various backgrounds and
their journeys...women speak for homeless women everywhere..."
-- Palisadian Post
"It's a book that exposes the seamlessly seamy underbelly of a
city that doesn't seem so dire until you take a glimpse of what the
most vulnerable of its citizens deals with, day after crisis-heavy
-- LA Weekly
"...a mother-and-son collaboration about the women who live in the
deeply compassionate and disturbingly beautiful photography/essay
book that bears witness to a heartbreaking subculture...a luminous
nightmare--and a wake-up call..."
Debra Ollivier, Huffington Post
Recommended in "The Reading List"
LA Magazine, lamag.com
"a great book"
Martha Burt, Urban Institute, co-author of "Ending Homelessness in
Santa Monica, Current Efforts and Recommended Steps"
"a powerful and moving book"
T. C. Boyle
"...a deeply compassinate and disturbingly beautiful
photography/essay book that bears witness to a heartbreaking
sub-culture that exists not only in Santa Monica, but in the country
"...a gorgeous book...lovely and touching and such a superb
Mary Seldan Evans, Executive Editor, Syracuse University Press
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or direct from the author!