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Just Kids from the Bronx Telling It the Way It Was An Oral History A touching and provocative collection of memories that evoke the history of one of America s most influential boroughs the Bronx through some of its many success storiesThe vivid oral histories in Arl

  • Title: Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History
  • Author: Arlene Alda
  • ISBN: 9781627790956
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History By Arlene Alda, A touching and provocative collection of memories that evoke the history of one of America s most influential boroughs the Bronx through some of its many success storiesThe vivid oral histories in Arlene Alda s Just Kids from the Bronx reveal what it was like to grow up in the place that bred the influencers in just about every field of endeavor The Bronx is where MichaelA touching and provocative collection of memories that evoke the history of one of America s most influential boroughs the Bronx through some of its many success storiesThe vivid oral histories in Arlene Alda s Just Kids from the Bronx reveal what it was like to grow up in the place that bred the influencers in just about every field of endeavor The Bronx is where Michael Kay, the New York Yankees play by play broadcaster, first experienced baseball where J Crew s CEO Millard Mickey Drexler found his ambition where Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dava Sobel fell in love with science and where local music making inspired singer songwriter Dion DiMucci and hip hop s Grandmaster Melle Mel.The parks, the pickup games, the tough and tender mothers, the politics, the gangs, the food for people who grew up in the Bronx, childhood recollections are fresh Arlene Alda s own Bronx memories were a jumping off point from which to reminisce with a nun, a police officer, an urban planner, and with Al Pacino, Carl Reiner, Colin Powell, Maira Kalman, Bobby Bonilla, Mary Higgins Clark, and many other leading artists, athletes, scientists, and entrepreneurs experiences spanning six decades of Bronx living Alda then arranged these pieces of the past, from looking for violets along the banks of the Bronx River to the wake up calls from teachers who recognized potential, into one great collective story, a filmlike portrait of the Bronx from the early twentieth century until today.
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    1. Reading this oral history as told by some who grew up in the Bronx makes one wish to have been born there After all, as Mary Higgins Clark said, There are only three places that have a the in front of their name the Vatican, The Hague and the Bronx Alda interviewed than 60 Bronx natives and each has warm, down to earth, happy memories of growing up in those few blocks of New York And perhaps even important than their rags to riches stories is the reminder that in America all things are possibl [...]

    2. I absolutely adored this book You don t have to be from the Bronx or a New Yorker to appreciate Arlene Alda s incredible writing or obvious love for the Bronx So many wonderful stories and interesting tidbits I found myself reading and re reading many passages to make sure I took it all in I am going to pass on this title to my Dad Boy, will he get a kick out of it 5 stars all the way Thank you Arlene Alda for writing Just Kids from the Bronx p.s Keep em coming.

    3. We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time T.S EliotAnd thankfully, the kids came back All of reflections found in this assembly share one common dominator the significance of home The people, institutions, buildings, events, sounds, smells from time spent in these neighborhoods produced, and continue to produce, creators, innovators and leaders whose contributions transcend time and geography [...]

    4. This book is an absolute treasure.My mom s parents were from the Bronx and my dad s parents were from Queens They all eventually moved out to California where I was born, but they never lost the attitude or the accents Reading these stories, I heard their voices and saw my family reflected in these pages I was really moved by so many of these stories and found myself crying often while reading The most powerful lessons I took away was that teachers and parents through unconditional support and l [...]

    5. As a Bronx girl born and raised who left the Bronx in 1974, the stories in this book resonated well with me in terms of childhood experiences and family cohesiveness a common thread through most individuals lives in the book I marvel now at the independence we kids were given by our families to go wherever we wanted, as long as we were home by dinnertime Although I went to Catholic schools until my family moved out, I had really regretted that I didn t insist on applying to Bronx High School of [...]

    6. You do not have to live in The Bronx to appreciate the oral history of the borough Although it helps If you live in the borough or are at least familiar with the neighborhoods it gives a vivid picture and helps in the imaginings of these people as children and where they played The stores they talk about, the street corners etc It was all very vivid for me and I appreciated the detail It was also interesting to see and I wonder if only a Bronx native could recognize this but the changing demogr [...]

    7. I received this book for free through First Reads I loved this book The author Arlene Alda wrote the interviews of sixty five individuals that grew up in the Bronx and became very successful people It s a story of American opportunity and the idea of working hard and achieving greatness I have never been to New York and have always wanted to travel there This book sparked my interest with specific places named and described in the book This is a great book for anyone who grew up in New York, any [...]

    8. Just Kids from the the Bronx is an amazing book Well researched by author Arlene Alda This book must have taken years to put together She interviewed many famous people from all walks of life who started out in the Bronx neighborhood Their pride from growing up in the Bronx is very evident I learned a lot of history about the Bronx I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys biographies I felt blessed to have read this special account I received this book from the giveaway Thank you so much [...]

    9. This is a fascinating collection of rememberances of successful people born raised in the Bronx in the 20th Century Although I was raised in the suburbs, I visited the Bronx but was unaware of it s diversity and many beautiful parks other than the Bronx Zoo Botanical Gardens there are It was inspiring to read how those coming from challenging upbringings can succeed.This was a First Read selection that I will be sharing.

    10. This oral history of people that grew up in the Bronx is an absolute masterpiece A beautiful tribute to the Bronx A must read

    11. I loved this book Honest and often humorous accounts of growing up in The Bronx, written by a variety of people.

    12. My dad grew up in the Bronx, initially on Hoe Ave then later in Grand Ave He was a child star on vaudeville, and later in the silent movies Played stickball on the street, and broke his leg one day when he slipped because he was wearing new leather shoes Went to Townsend, and graduated City College at the ripe old age of 14 In 1932, when he went for his interview for Medical School, he looked so young that the dean at Long Island School of Medicine told him to come back when you re wearing long [...]

    13. Definitely a mixed bag as all oral history books tend to be My three favorite parts were comedian Robert Klein who was one of the few who said he hated living in the Bronx and has a collection of books with photos of the Bronx when it was farmland Chaz Palminteri who talked about the importance of parents and how he still supports his old neighborhood by going back once a month to by food from the locally owned businesses My favorite stories are from Rick Meyerowitz First, about how his father u [...]

    14. I received this as a Book Giveaway and thank them for the opportunity to read it I enjoyed reading this book from beginning to end I am not from the Bronx but from the North End Italian section of Boston and many of the stories reminded me of my hometown I enjoyed these stories so much that I am rereading the book and have recommended it to many people It is amazing that there are so many famous people from the Bronx Arlene Alda has the interviews of 65 people from the Bronx These people are ver [...]

    15. If you are from The Bronx you gotta love this book I m a Fordham Road gal myself Who wouldn t like growing up in a neighborhood where you had the Bronx Zoo and Botanical gardens as local parks You could hang out at the Edgar Allen Poe tiny cottage until the parky chased you out You could play tennis at St James park Though I personally never knew anyone who would Who were those people We did go to the roller rink across the street though We walked all over and had a freedom the kids today can t [...]

    16. I received this book for free in a giveaway Overall I really enjoyed this anthology of personal stories about the Bronx It shows a very diverse array of people in family situations, ethnicities , time periods, and career paths I did feel like some of the stories rambled off topic or just were generally too long and could have been edited better That being said I would totally recommend this book if you enjoy reading about different peoples childhoods or of course about the Bronx.

    17. I bought this book because Arlene and Alan Alda were in my neighborhood as part of an annual Jewish book festival In full disclosure, I have been deeply in love with Alan Alda since I was seven years old So, there s was no doubt when I heard the Alda s were scheduled to speak that I wouldn t immediately buy my ticket and show up at the venue two hours early so I could get a front row seat What an evening Let me begin by reiterating that I continue to be deeply in love with Mr Alda Truly People d [...]

    18. The Bronx is a unique place in NYC that many amazing people grew up in This book brings together their life stories to show what kinds of things each person experienced there as a kid For anyone that grew up there the stories will bring back many many memories of certain buildings, parks, and streets where so much took place.The reason I picked up this book was because I just love the idea of being able to grow up in a city that is so big yet so small at the same time Many people returned to whe [...]

    19. Just Kids from the Bronx written by Arlene Alda is a nicely compiled collection of author s memories about growing up in The Bronx, a book that shows how special place this borough of New York is, where many famous persons from each profession you can think of were born and raised, a real tribute to The Bronx.Alda gave us a possibility to travel with her back in time, to experience with her eyes everything that was happening in The Bronx during those years of her youth the good and bad things, j [...]

    20. Overall, I really enjoyed this book I liked listening to the tidbits of each interviewed person s life Some had positive experiences, some negative and some a mix, so it helped to develop a balanced look at the Bronx and how it influenced these people and their future success It painted an interesting picture of different times and areas, and I was most interested in the positive views many of the subjects who immigrated here in the early twentieth century, living in tenements but appreciating t [...]

    21. I found this to be a fun an interesting read I have heard a lot of the five boroughs in New York city area This one focuses on The Bronx Arlene Alda, wrote an informational book interviewing a lot of people who grew up in the Bronx She breaks it up into decades starting with those born in the 1920 up through a person born as late as 1991 here in this book are their stories.I found it impressive that all the person s interviewed grew up to be successful in all kinds of fields I liked reading abou [...]

    22. I won this book as part of a GoodReads giveaway I really enjoyed reading all of the different stories, and finding threads of similarity between them most notably playing stickball, which had to have been mentioned in at least 50% of the stories.I think my biggest gripe is that a few of the stories didn t seem to have anything to do with the Bronx specifically Many times the person would go off on a tangent about a moment in their life that was non Bronx related or just give a very general overv [...]

    23. Again ,you don t have to be a kid from Bronx to enjoy Arlene Alda s delightful bookbut it helps Alda has interviewed many former residents of all types of backgrounds and has provided short vignettes of each person There are a mixture of famous names and some you have never heard ofd yet each one has fond memories of their childhood and the people who influenced them when they were young I might have enjoyed Avery Corman s book My Old Neighborhood a little because Corman included a number of gr [...]

    24. As someone from suburban Connecticut who has never done anything than visit Yankee Stadium or just drive through the Bronx on the way to the City, I wasn t sure that I would connect with this book It ended up being a great reminder of commonalities between all peoples, regardless of where we live, because I saw in this cast of true characters little bits of all kinds of people I ve met throughout my life Although this book features a unique setting and circumstances, the core challenges, wishes [...]

    25. The Bronx is known to have a bad reputation which it definitely doesn t deserve This book aims to show the true side of the borough as famous and successful Bronxites tell their stories of growing up I really enjoyed this book Lots of great stories and I loved the diversity of all the contributors They are from all ethnicities and economic backgrounds which is what the Bronx is really about.Lots of famous names here Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, Al Pacino, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Regis Philbin and man [...]

    26. I received this book for free through First Reads A project such as this one is bound to contain narratives that, due to a commonality of experience growing up in the Bronx during the 20th century will end up seeming a bit repetitive That said, the stories of success and the achieving of public recognition told here do hold a certain feeling charm that is the very result of such a geocentric focus I guess I m trying to say that this book has a good spirit one that can be related to the reader s [...]

    27. You can take the girl of the Bronx, but you can t take the Bronx out of the girl So true This book is a beautiful collection of childhood memories from successful people who grew up in the Bronx Some of the accounts were from people i already admired like Al Pacino and Neil deGrasse Tyson, and some were from people i didn t even know were from the Bronx like Regis Philbin and Carl Reiner As a South Bronx girl, this book was really lovely to read It shows the Bronx as it truly is a beautiful dive [...]

    28. I listened to this book mostly because I love Alan Alda and he read most of the stories I enjoyed this because I enjoy story telling in this format, but I was ready too for it to be over when it was it was the right amount of stories and I would have to say I enjoyed the first half of the book , though I found the way the Bronx stories unfolded so different between the generations A macro look at these tales is really interesting If you love Alan Alda and New York, there is no reason you wouldn [...]

    29. My only wish was that the stories be longer, but then it would probably be twenty times the length As it is, there are some great accounts that show that some people are better orators than others, but those who don t convey their memories of the Bronx with moments of literary genius as spoken to Arlene Alda do contribute to a touching collective of voices sharing the good and the bad but mostly the lovely about The Bronx and the individuals it has produced.

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