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Grand Central Winter: Stories from the Street

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In the underground tunnels below Grand Central Terminal, Lee Stringer — homeless and drug-addicted over the course of eleven years — found a pencil to run through his crack pipe. One day, he used it to write. Soon, writing became a habit that won out over drugs. And soon, Lee Stringer had created one of the most powerful urban memoirs of our time.

With humane wisdom and a biting wit, Lee Stringer chronicles the unraveling of his seemingly secure existence as a marketing executive, and his odyssey of survival on the streets of New York City. Whether he is portraying "God's corner," as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzi, a hooker and "past-due tourist" whose infant he sometimes baby-sits; whether he recounts taking shelter underneath Grand Central by night and collecting cans by day, or making a living hawking Street News on the subway, Lee Stringer conveys the vitality and complexity of a down-and-out life. Rich with small acts of kindness, humor, and even heroism amid violence and desperation, Grand Central Winter offers a touching portrait of our shared humanity.

Review:

"At its best, when the prose lengthens out into easy strides, the storytelling is sound and the characters fresh." John Jiler, The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Lee Stringer lived on the streets from the early eighties until the mid-nineties. He is a former editor and columnist of Street News. His essays and articles have appeared in publications including The Nation, The New York Times, and Newsday. He collaborated with Kurt Vonnegut on the book Like Shaking Hands With God: A Conversation About Writing. He lives in Mamaroneck, New York.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Kurt Vonegut

Preface

Acknowledgments

1 What happened was I was

2 When I was out there

3 The Streets of New York City, 1985

4 Grand Central Terminal, Winter 1985, 12:30 A.M.

5 Grand Central Terminal, Winter 1989

6 West Forty-sixth Street, Winter 1989

7 In New York City there are three

8 Hell's Kitchen, Fall 1994

9 Valentine's adoptive father

10 On every smut film

11 I was having a real

12 I was smoked out, tapped out

13 It's time for my nightly

14 Sure, life on the street

15 Dear Homey,

16 Manhattan has only two

17 His name is Marvin

18 If, at the time of this

Afterword

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671036546
Foreword:
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Foreword:
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Foreword by:
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Foreword:
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Author:
Stringer, Lee
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Homeless persons
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Homeless persons - New York (State) -
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 210
Publication Date:
November 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 11.655 oz

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