Yorkville Twins: Hilarious Adventures Growing Up In New York City, 1944-1962
by Joe & John Gindele
Golden Valley Publishing, LLC 2012
Twin brothers Joe and John Gindele spent the first 18 years of their lives growing up on the rough streets of Yorkville on Manhattan’s ethnic Upper East Side over 60 years ago. This is their story—what the City was like then, how it changed, and how two kids from immigrant parents became accomplished Minnesota schoolteachers with earned doctorate degrees. They and their family succeeded in living the American dream. It’s an American tale full of adventures and laughs, sweet memories and sad moments. How did their Czech and German parents and siblings—a family of seven—every survive living with these guys? Share the twins’ memories and outlandish adventures of growing up. Explore those special bonds and predictive abilities many twins share. Find out how they survived by thinking and working out of the box. Understand the immigrant experience and what it is to be an American. Learn about the colorful Yorkville of yore. This 328-page memoir took six years to write, contains 100+ period photographs of Yorkville and Manhattan, richly annotated resources, and a glossary. People tell us they loved the book—many said they couldn’t put it down—and laughed heartily, reading it. The stories brought back so many fond memories of growing up, memories they only thought they had forgotten. The memoir is an easy and fun read.On September 17, 2012, two months after publication, Yorkville Twins was adopted by Mercy College in New York City and is now required reading for students in three classes on the “History of New York.” The book is also offered in the gift shop/bookstore at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, a vast heritage and research institution, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Good memories are a wonderful thing. Like a camera, they capture and record the past, soothe and delight the soul.”
I was transported back to the 40's. What a joy! - February 25th, 2013
Reading Joe and John Gindele's recollection of their childhood in Yorkville Twins was a joy! In many ways, it allowed me to be transported back to the 40's as I revisited my old neighborhood.
Yes...kick the can, sword fights, rubber guns, fudgesicles and Jack Armstrong reappeared, together with the faces of all my boyhood friends. I was amused and reassured that growing up on the streets of Yorkville, New York City, was not much different from growing up in the alleys of Uptown, Minneapolis! The fondness with which the Gindele twins related their stories makes me certain that they would never want to change a thing...nor would I! Dick McChesney, Minneapolis, MN
Only in America. A must read. Priceless! - February 25th, 2013
From Joe’s memories of Mrs. Novacek’s “relieving” behavior to friend Freddy’s interesting diet, to John’s rendition of creative disassembling of household objects to “see how they work” and their varied outcomes, Yorkville Twins is a heartfelt, touching yet humorous depiction of an immigrant family and the early years of kind, generous, successful and societal contributing twin brothers that could occur only in America. A must read. Priceless! Tania P., Minneapolis, MN
Yorkville Twins: Hilarious Adventures Growing Up in New York City: 1944-1962 - January 2nd, 2013
In “Yorkville Twins: Hilarious Adventures Growing Up in New York City: 1944-1962”, Twins Joe and John Gindele showed a writing skill that few of their friends knew they possessed. While written in the culture of New York youths of their youthful days, the language and events in this book transcend every cultural barrier to showing our different cultural similarities and the unifying elements of our different cultures even when they are thousands of miles apart. This book is a proof that youths have a lot in common irrespective of their geography. It is also a testament of the hard work and successes of immigrants who struggle to both establish in America as well as help their children get good education. The book is illustrated with lots of pictures of twins Joe and John growing up, their parents, siblings, relations, and friends of those days, bringing all kinds of beautiful memories. There are constant feelings of nostalgia as one reads about the adventures, events, struggles, successes, and real-life characters in this book. This book is well written, often hilarious, and the events and characters are very innocently presented by the writers. This book is a classic. I am proud of Joe and John Gindele for writing such a classic I can only describe as a legacy. A must-read for everyone especially immigrants, youths, twins, people of different cultures, New Yorkers, literature lovers, schools, fellow strugglers, book lovers etc. This work will bless folks of all cultures, geography, clime and kindred.
Professor Samuel Obi. Tracy, CA 12/17/12
Yorkville Twins Book Review - January 1st, 2013
The book serves as an excellent reminder that life experiences of the early immigrant families helped to forge the ideals and goals of current and future generations of many Americans. The humorous antidotes and related methods used in the book is an enjoyable method to present the Gindeles view of this process. Reading this book was a great trip down memory lane. Having grown up in the same time period as the Twins, I shared many of the same type of experiences as they so eloquently detailed in the book. Being a son of an immigrant, I certainly understand and do directly relate to many of the life experiences the Gindele twins wrote about in this book. I highly recommend taking time to read and enjoy this book.
Review by Art Linden
Loved it - December 31st, 2012
Having read this wonderful story, and being from NYC, I can honestly say John and Joe have depicted their lives with great accuracy and humor. The twins have done an excellent job of bringing us home to the times we all loved and still cherish.
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