A Clean Street's A Happy Street: A Bronx Memoir

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Eschewing sappiness in favor of sparse but vivid prose, McSherry documents his first few decades with four siblings, very little money, and two parents whose respective mental illnesses intensified as the years progress Although his story is certainly unique, McSherry's book has much to say about the nobility and struggle that characterize every individual life. A deeply affecting, surprisingly unsentimental description of surviving-and transcending-a tumultuous upbringing.-Kirkus Discoveries"To say McSherry has lived a 'hard knock' life is an understatement, but the Lehman High School teacher and Brio Award winner has crafted a Bronx version of Angela's Ashes that resonates with hope, wit, and perseverance."-Derek Woods, host of the television program, Bronx Magazine

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James McSherry is a graduate of Columbia University?s Writing Program. He is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter and is the author of Bronx Astronomy, a collection of short stories, and Crime Scene Reporter, an autobiographical one-man show. McSherry teaches creative writing to high school students in the Bronx. He is currently adapting his memoir for the screen.

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