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Down These Mean Streets
by Piri Thomas
Publisher: Vintage Books USA 1997
Category: Non-fiction20th centuryManhattanNeighborhoods
Avg Rating: (4 reviews)
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 an anniversary edition with a new Introduction by the author.

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buen trabajo - April 17th, 2007
the book is great and its really similar to my life .....great book

Luv it - January 1st, 2006
this book is so great lovin it

I like it - September 15th, 2005
This was a GREAT BOOK!

Down These Mean Streets - June 3rd, 2005
This is one of the best books i have ever read in my life time.

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