The Basketball Diaries

Author: Jim Carroll
Publisher: Turtleback
ISBN: 0613132610
Release Date: 1995-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Written between the ages of twelve and fifteen, this diary tells the story of Jim Carroll, a kid growing up stealing, hustling, getting high, playing basketball, and trying to find something pure on the streets of New York

Forced Entries

Author: Jim Carroll
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: UOM:39015020720606
Release Date: 1987
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Recounts the atmosphere of New York City in the early Seventies and records his experiences with many now-famous bohemians and his waivering battles against drug addiction

Fear of Dreaming

Author: Jim Carroll
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: UOM:39015032749296
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Poetry

Fear of Dreaming collects all of Carroll's poems from Living at the Movies and most of The Book of Nods. While some of the poems originally published in The Book of Nods are not included in Fear of Dreaming, one of the "New York City Variations" originally left out of The Book of Nods can be found in Fear of Dreaming; this piece was originally published in Paris Review in 1985. In addition, the final section of the book, "New Work 1989-1993,"offers fifteen new poems and prose works. Among these are the short story "Curtis'sCharm" (which first appeared in Paris Review in 1993 and was adapted to film in 1996 by Canadian director John L'Ecuyer), and the poems "Fear of Dreaming," "Praying Mantis," and "To the National Endowment for the Arts."

The Petting Zoo

Author: Jim Carroll
Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks
ISBN: 0143120093
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Fiction

Follows the story of enigmatic New York artist Billy, who suffers an emotional breakdown after attending a Velâazquez show and agonizingly searches for divine inspiration for his own work.

Rebels Wit Attitude Subversive Rock Humorists

Author: Lain Ellis
ISBN: 9781458781000
Release Date: 2010-08
Genre: Humor

In Rebels Wit Attitude, music writer and professor Iain Ellis throws a spotlight on the history of humor as a weapon of anti-establishment rebellion, paying tribute to the great rebel humorists in American rock history and investigating comedy and laughter as the catalyst and main expressive force in these artists' work. The performers who are the subject of Ellis's study are not merely funny people - they are those whose art exudes defiance and resistance, whether aimed at social structures and mores, political systems, aesthetic practices, or the music industry itself. Subversive rock humor has emerged as a formidable force of modern art, building a reputation for rock music as a rebellious - sometimes dangerous - form of expression that can dismay the adult mainstream as it empowers the youth culture. In this study of rock's impact on youth through the decades, Ellis proves that the most subversive rock humorists serve as the conscience of our culture. They chastise pretensions, satirize hypocrisy, and pour scorn on power, corruption, and lies. Discussing the work of iconic figures as diverse as Chuck Berry, Lou Reed, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, the Beastie Boys, Missy Elliott, Ellis examines the nature of the rock humorist, asking why and in what ways each performer uses humor as a weapon of resistance to various status quos. The commentary on these artists' work is the basis for a deeper discussion of the historical foundations and other socio-cultural contexts of humorous art, and Ellis delves into the larger issues of politics, nationality, geography, generation, art, social class, race, gender and sexuality that surround his subject. The chapters, divided by decade, include introductory sections outlining each decade's defining forces and contextual features. While lyrics constitute Ellis's primary field of analysis, his exploration goes well beyond that, moving into a discussion and interpretation of image, performance, product, and musical content.

The Adults

Author: Alison Espach
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439191875
Release Date: 2011-02-01
Genre: Fiction

Now available in paperback, “Tom Perrotta meets Curtis Sittenfeld in this razor-sharp debut by Alison Espach, who weaves a wry, devastatingly perceptive coming-of-age tale set in Connecticut’s affluent suburbs” (Marie Claire). In her ruefully funny and wickedly perceptive debut novel, Alison Espach deftly dissects matters of the heart and captures the lives of children and adults as they come to terms with life, death, and love. At the center of this affluent suburban universe is Emily Vidal, a smart and snarky teenager, who gets involved in a suspect relationship with one of the adults after witnessing a suicide in her neighborhood. Among the cast of unforgettable characters is Emily’s father, whose fiftieth birthday party has the adults descending upon the Vidal’s patio; her mother, who has orchestrated the elaborate party even though she and her husband are getting a divorce; and an assortment of eccentric neighbors, high school teachers, and teenagers who teem with anxiety and sexuality and an unbridled desire to be noticed, and ultimately loved. An irresistible chronicle of a modern young woman’s struggle to grow up, The Adults lays bare—in perfect pitch—a world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing.

My Infamous Life

Author: Albert "Prodigy" Johnson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439103197
Release Date: 2012-02-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"A memoir about a life almost lost and a revealing look at the dark side of hip hop's golden era ... a story of struggle, survival, and hope down the mean streets of New York City"--Dust flap jacket.

Last Exit to Brooklyn

Author: Hubert Selby
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141195650
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

With a new Introduction by Irvine Welsh 'Last Exit to Brooklyn will explode like a rusty hellish bombshell over America, and still be eagerly read in 100 years' Allen Ginsberg Few novels have caused as much controversy as Hubert Selby Jr.'s notorious masterpiece. Described by various reviewers as hellish and obscene, it tells the stories of New Yorkers who at every turn confront the worst excesses in human nature. Yet there are moments of exquisite tenderness in these troubled lives. Georgette, the transvestite who falls in love with a callous hoodlum; Tralala, the conniving prostitute who plumbs the depths of sexual degradation; and Harry, the strike leader who hides his true desires behind a boorish masculinity, are unforgettable creations. Last Exit to Brooklyn was banned by British courts in 1967, a decision that was reversed the following year with the help of a number of writers including Anthony Burgess. 'An urgent tickertape from hell' Spectator

Living at the Movies

Author: Jim Carroll
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 0140422900
Release Date: 1973
Genre: Poetry

The young poet sensitively records his thoughts on friendship, love, drugs, and poetry

I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It

Author: Charles Barkley
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780812966282
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The outspoken former NBA player and sports commentator shares his words of wisdom about, opinions on, and witty observations of basketball, popular culture, personal relationships, celebrity and fame, politics, money, and life. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.

Void of course

Author: Jim Carroll
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: UOM:39015045682385
Release Date: 1998-10-06
Genre: Poetry

Poems deal with love, longing, friendship, memory, time, and life in the city

Requiem for a Dream

Author: Hubert Selby
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781453239698
Release Date: 2011-12-13
Genre: Fiction

A tale of four people trapped by their addictions, the basis for the acclaimed Darren Aronofsky film, by the author of Last Exit to Brooklyn. Sara Goldfarb is devastated by the death of her husband. She spends her days watching game shows and obsessing over appearing on television as a contestant—and her prescription diet pills only accelerate her mania. Her son, Harry, is living in the streets with his friend Tyrone and girlfriend Marion, where they spend their days selling drugs and dreaming of escape. When their heroin supply dries up, all three descend into an abyss of dependence and despair, their lives, like Sara’s, doomed by the destructive power of drugs. Tragic and captivating, Requiem for a Dream is one of Selby’s most powerful works, and an indelible portrait of the ravages of addiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author’s estate.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Author: Issa Rae
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476749075
Release Date: 2016-07-12
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"A collection of humorous essays on what it's like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and Black as cool ... [from] Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning ... series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl"--

The Book of Drugs

Author: Mike Doughty
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 9780306818776
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Recounts the addiction and recovery of the world-renowned solo artist and former lead singer and songwriter of Soul Coughing.

Angela s Ashes

Author: Frank McCourt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780684842677
Release Date: 1999-05-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The author recounts his childhood in Depression-era Brooklyn as the child of Irish immigrants who decide to return to worse poverty in Ireland when his infant sister dies