David Boglioli New York City Bum

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New York City Bum

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Faced with disillusionment and disenchantment at society and his career, the author turns to crack and soon finds himself living on the streets of New York City. Unprepared for the desperate life he now faces, the penman must come to grips with an alien subculture whose values are questionable and learn to survive with nothing but his wits or perish.

Having burnt his bridges, does this lost soul long to return to the secure life he's left behind or will he discover a rebel existence that's more appealing and a new conception of individual autonomy.

A close look at an alternative path to personal liberation in modern America.

Psychological conflict at its best!
Extraordinarily brave, brutally honest, and utterly riveting, Boglioli's memoir of addiction and life on the streets proves nearly impossible to put down. He takes us into the underbelly of homelessness in New York and reflects on the soul-destroying cycle of addiction to achieve a remarkable level of intimacy with his readers. Boglioli combines acerbic prose with a keen intellect to put human faces on the men and women we see huddled in doorways and sleeping under overpasses as he recounts the struggles and challenges he faced. Often harrowing, bleak, and explicit but always emotionally charged, he shares with us the lengths to which he went to survive; yet for all the darkness it is surprisingly uplifting and far from self-pitying. Readers will be affected in various ways, but perhaps most poignant is an appreciation that hard luck and bad decisions can quickly lead us to rock bottom. No matter how low we sink, Boglioli is proof that we can find our way back, and for this reason New York City Bum is an absolute must-read and is recommended without reservation.
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David Boglioli was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Outward Bound School, Rider College, and the Culinary Institute of New York. He is the author of the cookbook, Canapés That Work, the novella, Wolf Pack, and Detour, a real-life novel. He spent five years drumming for the Lost Souls (dance band) with Billy Joel and five years as Chef Garde-Manger for the "21" Club and the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York City. He resides with his pets in New York City and Vermont.

FeatheredQuill says: New York City Bum is a demonstrative and slanted homage to the horrors of drug addiction and certainly not a must read for the faint of heart.

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Extraordinarily brave, brutally honest, and utterly riveting, Boglioli's memoir of addiction and life on the streets proves nearly impossible to put down. He takes us into the underbelly of homelessness in New York and reflects on the soul-destroying cycle of addiction to achieve a remarkable level of intimacy with his readers. Boglioli combines acerbic prose with a keen intellect to put human faces on the men and women we see huddled in doorways and sleeping under overpasses as he recounts the struggles and challenges he faced. Often harrowing, bleak, and explicit but always emotionally charged, he shares with us the lengths to which he went to survive; yet for all the darkness it is surprisingly uplifting and far from self-pitying. Readers will be affected in various ways, but perhaps most poignant is an appreciation that hard luck and bad decisions can quickly lead us to rock bottom. No matter how low we sink, Boglioli is proof that we can find our way back, and for this reason New York City Bum is an absolute must-read and is recommended without reservation.

A debut memoir that revisits Boglioli s 10 years in the crack-cocaine subculture of New York City in the 1980s and 90s. The author writes that he d already begun using crack before his career as a chef first at the prestigious 21 Club and then at the Ritz Carlton Hotel came to an end. It was the mid- 80s, and 30-something Boglioli was disillusioned with the Establishment and mesmerized by the freedom of life as an outcast: With crack an entire alternative universe opened for me, mutable, unencumbered by the mores and strictures of society, a savage blossoming of emotions and passions too long held in check. Sometime during his journey through the city s streets, assorted flophouses, and church-run shelters, he cleaned up and secured a job as the head chef for another prestigious (unnamed) restaurant. With a steady income, he began drinking heavily, he writes, and within a year, he was back on crack; amazingly, he managed to last two years in his job before being fired. Ultimately, Boglioli spent a decade immersing himself in New York s seedy underbelly, intermittently holding down a variety of day jobs to supplement his government assistance. As his 50s approached, he realized that he likely wouldn t survive his lifestyle much longer, so he moved to Vermont for a healthier environment. In this memoir, he paints graphic portraits of the mostly hidden (or ignored) denizens of Manhattan the drunks, the addicts, the sex workers, and the social service employees who served (and underserved) them. It s also a long, angry, philosophical manifesto condemning what he sees as the hypocrisy and materialism of the dominant society that flourishes in the midst of it all. This book can be profoundly unsettling, and it s not for the squeamish. Boglioli s prose is sometimes eloquent, but it s also heavily embellished and lengthy, and it s easy to get lost in its ramblings: the deserted streets belonged to the night owls and the underground moiety, emerging from their rookeries, from under their rocks, their burned-out buildings, their favellas, going about their devious monkey business, moving swiftly, surreptitious and secretive. A 20-page glossary will help readers through the more esoteric linguistic choices. A gritty, sociologically engaging memoir.

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-IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Awards) Benjamin Franklin Awards Reviews:
This fascinating, meticulously written memoir of life on the streets of New York offers a great and underrepresented point of view. The glossary is an unusual touch. Thank you!
-A Benjamin Franklin Awards juror -The author takes the reader on a wild and crazy jaunt through the Big Apple, with all the temptations that can befall a guy trying to make sense of his life.
-A Benjamin Franklin Awards juror --Benjamin Franklin Awards Juror

A gritty, hard-knocking plunge into the gutters of New York City in Boglioli s self-inflicted journey to hell and his subsequent rise. A Dante s Inferno for the 21st century. -Chanticleer Reviews

Readers' Favorite New York City Bum by David Boglioli is a memoir in which David talks about his life living on the streets of New York as a so-called homeless person. In the book, David talks briefly at the beginning about his pre-homeless life where he worked multiple jobs, the last one being at a hotel in a managerial position, lived in a plush apartment, and also about his early life a bit and his later experiences with family, siblings, etc. He soon gets into drugs and that s the start of his journey towards eventual homelessness. David describes the gradual way in which it happened, how he was fired from his job, how he sold most of his belongings and was evicted before deciding to chuck everything and live on the streets of New York City. I liked reading New York City Bum and could empathize with a lot of what David has described in terms of feeling dejected and almost claustrophobic at the idea of working a regular job, while conforming to society s expectations of what constitutes a normal life. I also liked reading about his firsthand experiences of living in the heart of Manhattan and New York city, its boroughs and little known secrets known only to the locals or natives, his jobs at various fast food places and delis, New York slang, and the people he met and knew on the streets that were addicts, prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, criminals and thieves, and how they are shaped in turn by their early experiences in life that are often abusive or neglectful. While I didn t necessarily agree with much of David s commentary on the root causes of these societal problems, I still felt that, in terms of candid storytelling, this is an interesting and eye-opening memoir. This well-written memoir provides a revealing and illuminating glimpse into the shadow world of so-called bums or homeless people, although technically a lot of them are not exactly without shelter or employment. A thought-provoking read that will appeal to those who enjoy memoirs and stories with social issues at their heart.


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