Bobby's diary of 42 days without a home brings readers into the world of a homeless shelter. Shelter is filled with the sights and sounds of ... Show synopsis Bobby's diary of 42 days without a home brings readers into the world of a homeless shelter. Shelter is filled with the sights and sounds of homelessness. Shelter life is patterned by meals provided by church volunteers, lines for soap and clean towels, the rare pleasure of a fried chicken dinner, the illicit smell of marijuana within the shelter, the repeated meticulous washing of hands by an obsessive-compulsive resident. Burns witnesses the residents' struggles with drugs, alcohol, and disability, and he wonders daily whether he will have the courage to emerge from this life. Bobby's diary expresses the full range of emotions of a homeless person: anger, self-pity, pride, humility, shame, depression, and optimism. These are not contradictions; taken together they represent the real feelings provoked by homelessness. But with rare inner courage, Bobby stokes the fires of hope within himself, marking the days in his journal to keep himself from sliding farther down a spiral of despair. Bobby confronts his own stereotypes about the homeless and learns firsthand what it means to struggle daily for survival and for dignity. He learns greater courage and he learns greater kindness. He is given food and a bed for 42 days, but he finds shelter on his own, deep within himself.