Out Of The Bronx

Out Of The Bronx

Out Of The Bronx

Irene Sardanis was born into a Greek family in the Bronx in the 1940s in which fear and peril hovered. Her mother had come to New York for an arranged marriage. Her father drank, gambled, and enjoyed other women—and then, when Irene was eleven, abandoned her family altogether. Faced with their mother’s violent outbursts in the wake of this betrayal, Irene’s older siblings found a way out, but Irene was trapped, hostage to her mother’s rage and despair. When she finally escaped her mother as a young adult, she married a neighbor, also Greek, who controlled and dominated her just like her mother always had. But Irene wasn’t ready to let her story end there. With therapy, she eventually found the courage to leave her husband and pursue her own dreams. Out of the Bronx is her story of coming to terms with the mother and past that terrified and paralyzed her for far too long—and of how she went on to create a new life free of those fears.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Irene Sardanis
Publisher : She Writes Press
Release : 2019-05-14
Total Pages : 256 Pages
ISBN : 9781631525407


Bronx Masquerade

Bronx Masquerade

When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class, some of his classmates clamor to read their poems aloud too. Soon they're having weekly poetry sessions and, one by one, the eighteen students are opening up and taking on the risky challenge of self-revelation. There's Lupe Alvarin, desperate to have a baby so she will feel loved. Raynard Patterson, hiding a secret behind his silence. Porscha Johnson, needing an outlet for her anger after her mother OD's. Through the poetry they share and narratives in which they reveal their most intimate thoughts about themselves and one another, their words and lives show what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade.

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Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
Author : Nikki Grimes
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2003-12-29
Total Pages : 176 Pages
ISBN : 9781440672811


Just Kids From The Bronx

Just Kids From The Bronx

"A down-to-earth, inspiring book about the American promise fulfilled." —President Bill Clinton "Fascinating . . . . Made me wish I had been born in the Bronx." —Barbara Walters A touching and provocative collection of memories that evoke the history of one of America's most influential boroughs—the Bronx—through some of its many success stories The vivid oral histories in Arlene Alda's Just Kids from the Bronx reveal what it was like to grow up in the place that bred the influencers in just about every field of endeavor today. The Bronx is where Michael Kay, the New York Yankees' play-by-play broadcaster, first experienced baseball, where J. Crew's CEO Millard (Mickey) Drexler found his ambition, where Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dava Sobel fell in love with science early on and where music-making inspired hip hop's Grandmaster Melle Mel to change the world of music forever. The parks, the pick-up games, the tough and tender mothers, the politics, the gangs, the food—for people who grew up in the Bronx, childhood recollections are fresh. Arlene Alda's own Bronx memories were a jumping-off point from which to reminisce with a nun, a police officer, an urban planner, and with Al Pacino, Mary Higgins Clark, Carl Reiner, Colin Powell, Maira Kalman, Bobby Bonilla, and many other leading artists, athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs—experiences spanning six decades of Bronx living. Alda then arranged these pieces of the past, from looking for violets along the banks of the Bronx River to the wake-up calls from teachers who recognized potential, into one great collective story, a film-like portrait of the Bronx from the early twentieth century until today.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Arlene Alda
Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
Release : 2015-03-03
Total Pages : 336 Pages
ISBN : 9781627790963


Random Family

Random Family

Random Family tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten years of reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses the reader in the mind-boggling intricacies of the little-known ghetto world. She charts the tumultuous cycle of the generations, as girls become mothers, mothers become grandmothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation. Two romances thread through Random Family: the sexually charismatic nineteen-year-old Jessica's dizzying infatuation with a hugely successful young heroin dealer, Boy George, and fourteen-year-old Coco's first love with Jessica's little brother, Cesar, an aspiring thug. Fleeing from family problems, the young couples try to outrun their destinies. Chauffeurs whisk them to getaways in the Poconos and to nightclubs. They cruise the streets in Lamborghinis and customized James Bond cars. Jessica and Boy George ride the wild adventure between riches and ruin, while Coco and Cesar stick closer to the street, all four caught in a precarious dance between life and death. Friends get murdered; the DEA and FBI investigate Boy George's business activities; Cesar becomes a fugitive; Jessica and Coco endure homelessness, betrayal, the heartbreaking separation of prison, and throughout it all, the insidious damage of poverty. Together, then apart, the teenagers make family where they find it. Girls look for excitement and find trouble; boys, searching for adventure, join crews and prison gangs. Coco moves upstate to dodge the hazards of the Bronx; Jessica seeks solace in romance. Both find that love is the only place to go. A gifted prose stylist and a profoundly compassionate observer, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc has slipped behind the cold statistics and sensationalism surrounding inner-city life and come back with a riveting, haunting, and true urban soap opera that reveals the clenched grip of the streets. Random Family is a compulsive read and an important journalistic achievement, sure to take its place beside the classics of the genre.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2012-10-23
Total Pages : 432 Pages
ISBN : 9781439124895


God Level Knowledge Darts

God Level Knowledge Darts

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Desus & Mero are smarter and funnier than everyone writing books."--Shea Serrano "I will never write anything as hilarious as they have. I give up."--Malcolm Gladwell "These motherf***ers make me laugh until I choke."--Jia Tolentino NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR A wild, hilarious guide to life from the hosts of the hit late-night show Desus & Mero and the Bodega Boys podcast Who could have predicted that, after a fateful meeting in a Bronx summer school in the 1990s, Desus & Mero would turn their friendship into an empire of talking to each other. And it's no surprise--tuning in to them is like listening to the funniest, smartest people you know dissect a topic and then light it on fire. Now they've written the most essential guide to life of this century*, in which all the important questions are asked: How do I talk to my kids about drugs if I do them, too? What are the ethics of ghosting in a relationship? How do I bet on sports? How should I behave in jail? How much is too much to spend on sneakers? Is porn really that bad for me? As they put it: "We want to share all we've learned, after years in the Bronx streets, with you: the people. So with a lifetime spent building up a plethora of information from trials and tribulations and a handful of misdemeanors, we decided to write this book--a sequel to the Bible, or maybe to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, depending on how big a nerd you are. Let this book be your North Star." *NO REFUNDS

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Desus & Mero
Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
Release : 2021-10-19
Total Pages : 224 Pages
ISBN : 9780525512356


Born In The Bronx

Born In The Bronx

More than two hundred illustrations complement an intriguing look at the early days of hip hop music and its origins in the 1970s Bronx, offering rare personal photographs, memorabilia, and ephemera that capture a seminal and experimental period in music history from the perspective of influential early hip hop performers and musicians. 15,000 first printing.

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Genre : Music
Author : Johan Kugelberg
Publisher : Universe Pub
Release : 2007
Total Pages : 208 Pages
ISBN : UOM:39015074042501


South Bronx

South Bronx

Once a part of Westchester County, the Bronx was annexed to New York City in the nineteenth century. The South Bronx came to be defined as the area in the southwest part of the borough between the Harlem River and the Bronx River, with Fordham Road generally considered as the northern boundary. Less urban than nearby neighborhoods in Manhattan, the South Bronx attracted countless numbers of immigrants arriving in New York City in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Choosing to raise their families in what was then a country setting, they helped to make the South Bronx one of the most culturally diverse sections of New York. Churches, schools, ballparks, and streets of the old neighborhoods come back to life on the pages of South Bronx. This book revisits the Third Avenue trolley, Old West Farms, the Third Avenue El, tar beach, and the cobblestone roadways of a bygone era. The breweries and old-time taverns that were once such a vital part of the culture of the South Bronx are found anew in these pages. The Schnorer Club, the Elks Club on the Concourse, the Concourse Plaza Hotel, and Yankee Stadium come to life in this stunning collection of more than two hundred images.

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Genre : Photography
Author : Bill Twomey
Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
Release : 2002-05-28
Total Pages : 128 Pages
ISBN : 9781439628393


Bronx Requiem

Bronx Requiem

James Beck returns to hunt down a killer in the unforgiving streets of the Bronx and this time, it's personal. Bronx Requiem is the intense, action-packed sequel to Among Thieves. James Beck learned the value of loyalty the hard way. Imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, he developed a keen sense of right and wrong. And, in possession of skills and cunning acquired on both sides of the law Beck is capable of. So when his friend is beaten and killed on the streets of the Bronx, Beck is determined to provide him a measure of justice; a little dignity. But what starts as an investigation into a simple street killing soon turns into something more sinister and complex. And it's clear that, if he's going to get to the truth, Beck is going to have to draw on all his considerable abilities and connections. Or follow his tragic friend to an early grave ...

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Genre : Fiction
Author : John Clarkson
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2017-03-23
Total Pages : 528 Pages
ISBN : 9781405920995


The Bronx

The Bronx

The Bronx is a fascinating history of a singular borough, mapping its evolution from a loose cluster of commuter villages to a densely populated home for New York's African American and Hispanic populations. In recounting the varied and extreme transformations this community has undergone, Evelyn Gonzalez argues that racial discrimination, rampant crime, postwar liberalism, and big government were not the only reasons for the urban crisis that assailed the Bronx during the late 1960s. Rather, a combination of population shifts, public housing initiatives, economic recession, and urban overdevelopment caused its decline. Yet she also proves that ongoing urbanization and neighborhood fluctuations are the very factors that have allowed the Bronx to undergo one of the most successful and inspiring community revivals in American history. The process of building and rebuilding carries on, and the revitalization of neighborhoods and a resurgence of economic growth continue to offer hope for the future.

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Genre : History
Author : Evelyn Gonzalez
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Release : 2007-01-05
Total Pages : 304 Pages
ISBN : 9780231121156


Up In The Bronx

Up In The Bronx

Up in the Bronx: A powerful first novel of a young man who “finds himself” by way of overcoming unexpected challenges: his exploits, his adventures, his redemption. A love story as well, with a cast of poignant New York characters who come together to weave a charming, yet dramatic story. Set in the Bronx of 1972¬–73, this novel is not your typical nostalgia-driven, commercial venture. (So if you were looking for that sort of tome, forget it and keep walking). However, the book does look back lovingly on our northernmost and best-beloved borough.

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Genre : Fiction
Author : Stephen Baum
Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
Release : 2010-08-19
Total Pages : 181 Pages
ISBN : 1453540105