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Roman Barnes lives among the homeless and next to the fortunate, at the edge of hope. Among Pigeons is his journey from rags to revelation. His story exposes dueling societies that share more than they are willing to admit. In a weak economy many people are struggling to remain afloat, just as Roman, and many are one decision from living among pigeons.
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Aug 4, 2011I enjoyed Among pigeons. I love "who dunnits" and this does not disappoint. The author weaves the characters into the story with ease as if you are really there. The story itself took me to an unexpected, but exciting journey. I liked it very much, and look forward to more from Lawrence Wood. Bravo! Bravo!
May 25, 2011Such an AMAZING book. Being in Law Enforcement, I could relate to the solving of a crime with all the pieces coming together, also dealing with homelessness in my community. It made me realize also that homelessness can happen to anyone depending on their circumstances. One never knows what happened to make someone homeless. They are all humans and are doing their best with the resources they have. We need to slow down and really evaluate our own lives. It made me stop and think, if I was in that position, would I want someone to acknowledge me or offer me a cup of coffee. Most definitely I would. Thank you so much for opening my awareness of others who are less fortunate, either by homelessness, mental health or some other unforeseen reason. Job well done, Mr. Woods. Can't wait for the sequel.
Oct 8, 2010My Brother, Homeboy, My friend, May God continue to bless you and family. Ok the reason why it has taken me so long to write a review is because I was comfortable in my box. Now for you my brother I am steepping out of my comfort zone. I read your book and found it very interesting and hurting. Lets get to the interesting part first. You've written this book as though you have really lived that life and as I read it I saw all you discussed and showed in the minds eye. It is a fact about alot of what you wrote and whom ever gave you the informatioon was a very beautiful person though to look at them many would not have thought so. Thank you from us for telling the story for others to hear and realize there more to a homeless person than just the smell of their clothes. Now the hurting part. As I sit here at 3:42 am I write this with tears in my eyes because I was one of those homeless people. When the police shooting range was where the 76 highway now is and behind the drive in movie... More > theater that used to show movies where the new homes are now. Once there were over 200 hundred people living there who did all kids of thingsd before becoming homeless. I was one of the 200! Lost my job my home and mt car. Though I never smelled and always dressed nice I was still homeless. Used to go to KFC on Canyon and get the leftover chicken before they threw it away. They used to just give it to the homeless until someone decided they wanted to sue to get money now no gives away anything. A city where people step over the refuse , that's what we were called. No church except Brother Benos had the guts to help the homeless. Brother Beno provided showers, beds, food for those that were in need. Yes my brother what you see today wasn't always this. Your book brought tears to my eyes because as I read I remembered those that didn't make it or couldn't make it because they died of being sick or simply from a broken heart. There was a guy named Willie who used to walk up n down Hill Street Coast Highway for you new folks. He was homeless and wore pants so greasy the looked like leather. Willie was a war vet, purple heart holder and people would try to do crazy stuff to him until they found out that Willie could fight. He was respected by all those that knew him. Store owners and cops, the mayor and many others yet no one offered to help him. Willie always had money and could afford to get a room if he wanted yet he chose to stay outside in the rain and the cold. He told me once he felt as though he was still in Nam. Wow brother you brought bac memories I thought were long since gone. But I want to say this as my eyes fill with tears remembering those days I am grateful for where I am now. I've been to prison twice and sold drugs did drugs and now I serve the Lord with my all. I am here because God sent someone to help me up. That man was a man named Cornelius Hulst. I called him Bud. A man who took a chance on me and even when I fell he was always there to help me up as was a friend called Lyle Jorgensen. Those two guys taught me how to survive and keep going when all seemed lost. Lyle was a POW who lived in a Bamboo cage for two years with the enemy and he taught me how to stand up. Now as I said earlier no one ever knew I was homeless except those two. But my mind went through so much oh and Willie knew. Thank you for seeing those that are in need and taking the time to show the world that they are people too. May God continue to bless you. Now I'M a preacher and St John Misisionary Baptist Church and nothing will stop me from extending my hand to those who need help. Our biggest prpoblem is that we forget where we come from. Our lives weren't always peaches and cream and if we're not careful, many will end up that way. Many already have because they've lost their jobs and their homes. Thank you for allowing me to remember what God truly has done for me. God bless you and family. Sincerely Rev Ronald Covington< Less
Aug 22, 2010It’s rare to read a book that has the power to change the way you look at, of all things, a pigeon. I’ve seen them before. I’ve shooed them out of my path with disgust, but never really paid the blight of the sky any mind. As I turned the pages to Among Pigeons, I had to stop and ask God, am I guilty for seeing the less fortunate in the same manner? Yes, I was convicted. Thank you Dr. Lawrence for telling the story of Roman Barnes. The homeless have a name. And I have a voice. –Nakia R. Laushaul, author of The Truth As I See It: In Poetry & Prose
Jul 15, 2010Among Pigeons is a novel unlike any other I have read! It is compelling, thought provoking, emotional, intellectual and captivating. The aspect of the book that I thought was remarkable was the way it was written. The stories of the main character, Roman Barnes, the two detectives, the 12 year old Katrina victim, etc. are very colorful and concise excerpts of each person's life very descriptively explained through alternating chapters. This style, in and of itself, gives you enough explanation and enticement to want to learn everything about that character, but pauses their story and alternates to picking up the story of the other character, which, I believe, is a highly effective way of keeping the reader anticipating each new chapter to catch up on the previous character's journey through revelation and enlightment. I could talk about this book all day! I just want everyone to know how great an author Dr. Larry Wood is, he deserves all the acclaim and exposure that he has and will... More > receive now and in times to come! Thank you for such a heart-felt and passionate novel that awakens the compassionate, charitable and empathetic aspect of our lives that we habitually overlook and put on the back-burner of life and our attention. I needed to read this novel to becoming much more active in aiding those that once had all the liberties I am afforeded, but due to a series of unforseeable events and seemingly unfair circumstances have been thrust into a less comfortable and appealing life, not always of their choosing. This book is powerful!< Less
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