Down These Mean Streets
Publisher : Graymalkin Media
Release Date : 2016-02-23
ISBN 13 : 1631680609
Total Pages : 270 pages
Rating : 4.3/5 (168 users downloads)
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Download or read book Down These Mean Streets written by Piri Thomas and published by Graymalkin Media. This book was released on 2016-02-23 with total page 270 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem. Here was the testament of a born outsider: a Puerto Rican in English-speaking America; a dark-skinned morenito in a family that refused to acknowledge its African blood. Here was an unsparing document of Thomas's plunge into the deadly consolations of drugs, street fighting, and armed robbery--a descent that ended when the twenty-two-year-old Piri was sent to prison for shooting a cop. As he recounts the journey that took him from adolescence in El Barrio to a lock-up in Sing Sing to the freedom that comes of self-acceptance, faith, and inner confidence, Piri Thomas gives us a book that is as exultant as it is harrowing and whose every page bears the irrepressible rhythm of its author's voice. Thirty years after its first appearance, this classic of manhood, marginalization, survival, and transcendence is available in a new edition.