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Category: Biography: General|
The author of the book: Lee Stringer
Edition: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Date of issue: 14 Jul 1998
Format files: Epub, PDF
The size of the: 625 KB
City - Country: New York, United States
Full description of the book Grand Central Winter : Stories from the Street: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 PDF of kindness, humor and even heroism alongside the expected violence and desperation of life on the street. 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.
About the author Lee StringerLEE STRINGER's journey from childhood homelessness in the '60s, to adult homelessness in the '80s, to his present career as a writer and lecturer, as told in "Sleepaway School "and "Grand Central Winter," is one of the great odysseys of contemporary American life and letters. Stringer is the only board member of Project Renewal who is also a former patient of the facility. He is the two-time recipient of the Washington Irving Award and, in 2005, a Lannan Foundation Residency. He is a former editor of and columnist for "Street News." His essays and articles have appeared in a variety of other publications, including the" Nation," the" New York Times," and "Newsday." He lives in Mamaroneck, New York, where he also serves on the board of the Mamaroneck Public Libraries.
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