Just Kids from the Bronx

Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History
Author(s): Arlene Alda
Original Publish Date: Mar 03, 2015
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Audio (8.15 hours)
Product Number: Z100125596
Released: Jun 01, 2017
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ISBN: #9781427262370
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"The numerous voices presenting these oral histories are flowing, velvety, glib, humorous, and always passionate...This is an informative and heartwarming retrospective of life in the Bronx, in addition to an enlightening look at the changes in our society and culture."-Publishers Weekly, starred review A touching and provocative collection of autobiographical anecdotes that evoke the history of one of America's most influential boroughs-the Bronx-through some of its many success stories The 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 today. The Bronx is where Michael Kay, the New York Yankees' play-by-play broadcaster, first experienced baseball, where J. Crew's Millard (Mickey) Drexler got his street smarts and his first jobs, where Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dava Sobel were urged to pursue science and where music-making inspired hip hop's Grandmaster Melle Mel to change the world of music forever. The parks, the pick-up 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, Mary Higgins Clark, Carl Reiner, Colin Powell, Maira Kalman, Bobby Bonilla, and many other leading artists, athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs-experiences spanning six decades of Bronx living. Alda then arranged these pieces of the past, the mornings on the Grand Concourse and afternoons in the halls of Bronx Science, into one great collective story, a film-like portrait of the Bronx from the early twentieth century until today.


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Just Kids from the Bronx
Product Number: BX00065811
Product Number:DD15737
Product Number:Z100125596

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Author(s): Arlene Alda
Product Number DD15737
Released: Mar 03, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781427262363
Author(s): Arlene Alda
Product Number EB00527748
Released: Mar 03, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9781627790963

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"A group of talented narrators deliver the 65 biographical sketchesÑ3-4 minutes eachÑthat describe growing up in The Bronx. The ethnically diverse borough has been home to many accomplished artists, writers, scientists, inventors, and ordinary folks over the past century. Arlene Alda has gathered stories of apartment-house life, racism, poverty, and success, which she intersperses with tales of exploring parks and waterways. Alan Alda, Christina Delaine, Regis Philbin, and Robert Klein deliver the sketches without much fanfare. Alan Alda reads most of the biographies in the soft voice weÕre familiar with. Delaine takes on most of the female sketches, while Philbin and Klein switch off on the rest in slower, carefully enunciated tones. If you, your parents, or your relatives grew up in The Bronx, youÕll love these reminiscences. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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