by Yael Flusberg

Saving Teen Souls

Former runaway finds her double, 20 years later.

“All the volunteers here have a shtick,” confides Janice Erlbaum in the beginning of Have You Found Her (Villard, $14). This memoir traces two years of Erlbaum’s journey as a volunteer at the same homeless shelter where she had lived briefly as a teenage runaway 20 years earlier, an experitraces two years of Erlbaum’s journey as a volunteer at the same homeless shelter where she had lived briefly as a teenage runaway 20 years earlier, an experience chronicled in her memoir Girlbomb. Erlbaum’s shtick — the activity that gives her an excuse to connect with the girls who live at the shelter — is jewelry. Every Wednesday she shows up in the shelter’s cafeteria with a large bag of bead-working supplies to shouts of “Yo, Bead Lady!”

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