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Grand Central Winter: Stories from the Street

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Whether Lee Stringer is describing "God's corner" as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzy, a hooker and "past due tourist" whose infant child he sometimes babysits, whether he is recounting his experiences at Street News, where he began hawking the newspaper for a living wage, then wrote articles, and served for a time as muckraking senior editor, whether it is his adventures in New York's infamous Tombs jail, or performing community service, or sleeping in the tunnels below Grand Central Station by night and collecting cans by day, this is a book rich with small acts of kindness, humor and even heroism alongside the expected violence and desperation of life on the street. There is always room, Stringer writes, "amid the costume" jewel glitter...for one more diamond in the rough."

Two events rise over Grand Central Winter like sentinels: Stringer's discovery of crack cocaine and his catching the writing bug. Between these two very different yet oddly similar activities, Lee's life unwound itself, during the 1980s, and took the shape of an odyssey, an epic struggle to find meaning and happiness in arid times. He eventually beat the first addiction with help from a treatment program. The second addiction, writing, has hold of him still.

Among the many accomplishments of this book is that Stringer is able to convey something of the vitality and complexity of a down—and—out life. The reader walks away from it humming its melody, one that is more wise than despairing, less about the shame we feel when confronted with a picture of those less fortunate, and more about the joy we feel when we experience our shared humanity.

Synopsis:

The essayist presents scenes from his twelve years of homelessness, reflecting on the humanity that still exists in society's outcasts.

About the Author

Author of the acclaimed Grand Central Winter: Stories From the Street (Seven Stories Press, 1998), which has been translated into eighteen languages, and for which Stringer appeared on Oprah, as well as in national media. Stringer also is the author, with Kurt Vonnegut, of Like Shaking Hands With God: a Conversation on Writing (1999).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781888363579
Foreword:
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Author:
Vonnegut, Kurt
Author:
Stringer, Lee
Author:
Stringer, Caverly
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Case studies
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Homelessness
Subject:
Homeless persons
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Homeless persons -- New York (State) -- New York -- Case studies.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
v. 4, no. 9
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.54x5.82x.85 in. .89 lbs.

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