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These books were selected for their connection with the Bronx. If you have roots in the Bronx, then these should be part of your library. This list will be updated on a regular basis, so you should check back frequently. Please note that the prices shown are subject to change.
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God Verses The Bad Boy
by John Murray
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Let this bad boy take you on a wild ride through the pages of scripture and experience the Bible in a way you've never experienced it before! Join Johnny-Boy as he looks back on his childhood as a "little bad boy from the Bronx". As he recounts all his tales of trouble-making, he leaves behind a trail of Bible verses for you to follow. Part memoir, part devotional, God Verses the Bad Boy will have you munching on tidbits from this bad boy's story along with a few crumbs of Scripture from God's table.
Unredeemable Sins
by John J. McLoughlin
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UNREDEEEMABLE SINS begins on October 16, 1976 and traces the lives of primarily Irish and Italian characters, some with prior involvement with the Mafia, from 1900 through the mid 1970's. It's a crime thriller laced with intrigue, revenge, deceit, betrayal and murder, as well as some sex, suspense and surprises. While the narrative takes us to various locations throughout the world, its primary action takes place in New York's Hell's Kitchen and the South Bronx. McLoughlin has filled its pages with a mix of fact and fiction, real and imagined people, and an astute knowledge of 20th Century history.
Moish and the Mob and Other Short Fiction
by Raanan Gerberer
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Moish and Shmooey, two not-so-nice Jewish boys, grew up in Depression-era Bronx, idolizing gangsters like Al Capone and Dutch Schultz. Now it’s 1940, and a local hoodlum has taken them under his wing, giving them a crash course in burglary, arson and gambling. Finally, he gives them a long-awaited opportunity to do a “big job.” Can they do it? Meanwhile, Hitler’s war in Europe keeps growing closer….
More Third Avenue El Demolition in the Bronx - Vol. 1
by Michael Fusco
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This is the third of Fusco's series of books containing detailed photographs of the demolition of The Third Avenue El from 149th Street to Gun Hill Road. These books will not only appeal to train fans but to fans of autos, buses, the 1970s, Bronx and New York history. Michael Fusco is a New York City based nature, botanical and weather photographer.
The Third Avenue El Demolition in the Bronx: Tremont Ave to Gun Hill Rd (Vol 2)
by Michael Fusco
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The pictures in this book are part a rare one of a kind private collection of almost 1400 slides of the Third Avenue El demolition in The Bronx in the 1970s taken by the author. They are being made available to the public for the first time since the closing of the El in April 1973. This is Volume 2, covering the section of the el from Tremont Avenue to its northern terminus at Gun Hill Road. Both volumes will appeal not only to transportation fans but also to anyone interested in Bronx and New York history and fans of the 1970s.
The Third Avenue El Demolition in the Bronx - 149th St to Tremont Ave (Vol 1)
by Michael Fusco
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The pictures in this book are part a rare one of a kind private collection of almost 1400 slides of the Third Avenue El demolition in The Bronx in the 1970s taken by the author. They are being made available to the public for the first time for the 40th anniversary of the closing of the El in April 1973. The companion volume to this book is The Third Avenue El Demolition in the Bronx – Tremont Avenue to Gun Hill Road. Both volumes will appeal not only to train fans but also to anyone interested in autos, buses, Bronx and New York history and fans of the 1970s.
My Old Neighborhood Remembered: A Memoir
by Avery Corman
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Here is a lyrical remembrance of neighborhood life that has vanished from the culture. Mr. Corman vividly recreates the vibrant, colorful neighborhood where he grew up – in the Bronx of the 1940s and 1950s. He recalls candy stores and bookmakers, egg creams and double-feature movies, street games like stickball and Johnny-on-the-pony, school days of a different era, and social mores that have disappeared. His was the generation of children of the home front during World War II, and he recounts how the war was embedded in daily life, and how children became literate through newspaper coverage of the war, and through Dick and Jane and comic books. He remembers in his neighborhood a deep sense of community and shared experience. Corman also discusses the factors that altered the Bronx, in a decline that was particularly rapid and vast, before the area began to rebuild. Featured are 16 vintage photographs.
A Bronx Boy's Tale
by Jimmy Newell
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Providing a neighborhood context to historical events, A Bronx Boy's Tale depicts America through the eyes of one boy who grew up in a time of tremendous change and strife, but who still had time to live a grand life in his beloved Bronx. Some recollections and points of view may have more meaning to those raised Catholic and who attended parochial schools, but anyone who grew up in the Bronx should be able to enjoy many of the local details and musings that infuse Mr. Newell's story.
Home Front
by Martin Kleinman
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Home Front is a collection of short fiction by Martin Kleinman, who lives "high atop a mountain in the northwest Bronx.". Each piece is steeped in the lore of 20th century New York City street life that, while harsh if not downright dangerous, is fondly remembered by older and ex-pat NY'ers--and virtually unknown to legions of newcomers. Ex-Bronxites will come across many locales familiar to them, and even the occasional excursions north and east of the Bronx will jingle some memory bells.
Wow!
by David Perez
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Perez is a writer and journalist who was born and bred in the South Bronx. Wow! is a novella-like tale that takes place in the 1960s, and follows the author trying his best to be "cool" in a Bronx neighborhood where being smart in school isn't something to brag about. It's a coming-of-age story with a distinctly Latino perspective.
The War of the Rosens
by Janice Eidus
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Set in 1965, The War Of The Rosens details the lives of an eccentric Jewish family in the Bronx who are forced to face the limitations and complexities of love and faith.

Charismatic but volatile Leo Rosen, a self-described "politically progressive Jewish atheist," tries to convince his 10 year-old daughter, Emma, that there is no God. Emma grapples with her conflicted feelings. Drawn to what she perceives as "the poetry" of Faith, she worries that if God does exist, He will punish the Rosens for being bad Jews. Leo's wife, Annette, unappreciated by her family, fantasizes about running away like a "rebellious teenager."

But what everyone is unaware of is that 13-year-old May has disturbing physical symptoms, which she keeps a secret because of her fear of doctors. Willful May, who is wildly jealous of Emma, convinces herself that she isn't ill, but that God is testing her to see if she deserves Marvin Ludwig, the boy she loves from afar.

The Rosens are dreamers. They are all trying to change things, to map their own dreams of a world in which the meanings of "Faith" and "Love" will one day be fully understood and realized, to create some possibility of a future, which becomes the most essential dream of all.

Written in the tradition of Myla Goldberg's Bee Season , Janice Eidus' War Of The Rosens will stay in your heart forever.

Surviving Sarah
by Dinah Leigh
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In the Bronx of the 1940's, two sisters and their half-brother struggle for childhood happiness under abnormal conditions and circumstances imposed on them by their single-parent mother's psychotic moods. The men who fall in love with her also are affected. It's an emotional story that will elicit tears and laughter, and pangs of memories from those who will recognize the Bronx of that era.
McNamara's Old Bronx
by John McNamara
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A fun book, with a plain title. Though it sounds more like a biography, this work is a compilation of newspaper articles written over the years. There are many interesting and sometimes peculiar tidbits from almost every neighborhood of The Bronx. Catchy headlines, brief passages, and a conversational style, make it great reading. Presidents, sports, games, movies, treasures, a respected professional counterfeiter, animals, and more are all part of this book. Did you know that the Titanic "sank" in the Bronx River? This book may also serve as a source of ideas for creative writing. When you read McNamara's Old Bronx, you can finally tell those "old-timers" in your family or neighborhood, a thing or two. The Osgood File of The Bronx - and beyond. This book covers The Bronx like no other publication.
Bronx Accent: A Literary and Pictorial History of the Borough
by Barbara Unger and Lloyd Ultan (Editors)
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Bronx Accent, edited by Unger and Ultan, is a collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written by various people, some current residents, some former residents, and others who have never lived there but have some affinity to the borough. Several historical photographs are included. The book won the New York Society Library Award for best book on borough history as well as many other grants and awards.
The Pigskin Rabbi
by Willard Manus
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How does a rabbi convert the entire U.S. to Judaism? The answer, of course, is by becoming a football hero, in this wild tale by Willard Manus. In the hilarious first chapter, Ziggy Cantor, a rabbinical school graduate and son of a Bronx rabbi, has fled to Holland to study Spinoza, to experiment with secular ideas, and to engage in his chief love, football, far from his father's critical orthodox eye. There he is discovered by a Giants scout, and Ziggy, a natural, becomes the Giants' quarterback who turns his team from a perennial loser to a Super Bowl winner, thereby pervading America with Jewish culture. Ziggy calls plays in Yiddish, the team wears Giants- logo yarmulkes, his grandmother serves chicken soup from the sidelines and his receiver, a cocksure swaggerer, even undergoes ritual circumcision in order to become a Jew. Still, Ziggy is dogged by murderously jealous teammates, by anti- Semites and especially by his own conscience: has he betrayed his tradition? Making love to a shiksa, playing a game on Yom Kippur and his father's death all bring up doubts. But in the end, Ziggy gets it all: the gentile lover, the Super Bowl victory, fortune and fameAand he still becomes a rabbi at the end. This is a typical sports and sex fantasy, replete with aggressive male bonding and the requisite model and cheerleader dream girls.
In My Father's Bakery: A Bronx Memoir
by Marvin Korman
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From the Publisher: "This beautifully written remembrance restores to life - in all its color, humor and magic - a vanished New York neighborhood of European Jews, Irish Catholics, and others as it was during the Depression and through World War II. The author unrolls before you prizefights in the Bronx Coliseum, baseball in the original Yankee Stadium and pinochle in the bakery backroom. Yet bread, the staff of life, is at the center of this work.

In an easygoing, novelistic style, Mr. Korman delivers such vivid portraits of bakery regulars that you, too, will feel you are in the bakery, eating devil's food cake and eavesdropping (while pretending to do homework) as scenes of crisis or celebration spill before them.

The author's powerful vignettes focus on individuals: among them the grocer, the baker and the local bookmaker. You will also meet a local politico, a lonely wartime wife, gypsy tinsmiths, and a magician who is not the only closely observed character who pulls surprises out of his hat.

Marvin Korman is too keen a chronicler to serve up mere nostalgia along with the bakery's recipe for butter cookies, the one with the maraschino cherry in the middle that mother mailed to their boys in the service. Mr. Korman's stories are delivered fresh-baked and warm, with irony enough to assure a memorable bite."

Report from Engine Co. 82
by Dennis Smith
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The tragic events of September 11, 2001, have given us all a newly reinforced respect and admiration for the brave and fearless firefighters who risk their lives to save others on a daily basis. Written in 1972, Report from Engine Co. 82 is probably the most famous memoir ever written by a firefighter. Dennis Smith worked in the South Bronx area of New York City, a poverty-ridden neighborhood where day-to-day existence was perilous even under "normal" circumstances. Smith tells us what life was like back then, as he worked alongside his brave - and often bawdy - fellow firefighters as they tried to save the lives of others. For anyone who's ever wondered what it takes to race into a burning building, here's the real deal.
Valhalla: For Heroes Only
by Joseph J. Murphy
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Valhalla is the important and stirring third entry in Murphy's trilogy that began with A White Sport Coat and Pink Carnation and Duty, Honor, Country. This is required reading for anyone seeking insight and knowledge about those who paid the ultimate price to preserve our nation's freedom. In light of September 11th, this is a timely and significant remembrance of the men who left the Bronx and achieved entry into Valhalla...
Duty, Honor, Country
by Joseph J. Murphy
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From the author of "A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation", this picks up after graduation from St. Helena's, as the author faced the military and lear ned quite a different set of catechisms...
A White Sport Coat and A Pink Carnation
by Joseph J. Murphy
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"On a lark, four St. Helena High School seniors celebrate an 18th birthday party in the school cafeteria. The only problems were that the school was closed for the night, and they brought along a keg of beer for the party. Nuns living above hear the commotion and phone the police, causing all Hell to break loose."
Sewer Balls
by Steven Schindler
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Set against the backdrop of the Bronx in the early '60s, "Sewer Balls" is a blunt, quirky, novel of how city kids with no money but lots of imagination make the most out of what they have. Was it fun? Was it scary? Was it the best time of their lives? Fuhgedabowdit."
The Bronx: It Was Only Yesterday, 1935 - 1965
by Lloyd Ultan and Gary Hermalyn
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The sequel to The Beautiful Bronx and another stunning collection of photographs of the Bronx. This is another must-have, so you shold order this one while it's still available!
The Bronx in the Innocent Years: 1890 - 1925
by Lloyd Ultan and Gary Hermalyn
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Another excellent collection of photographs and essays from the Ultan-Hermalyn team. It's not likely that these books will remain available for long, so you're advised to grab them before they're gone.
The Wanderers
by Richard Price
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Richard Price's first novel is a classic portrait of the Bronx of the early sixties. Based on the gang that lived in and around Parkside Projects (where Richard grew up), the novel evokes much of the angst and emotion that accompanied teenage life in the boroughs. As a past Bronxite, you're sure to find something in this story that will spark a personal memory.
Dreaming of Columbus: A Boyhood in the Bronx
by Michael Pearson
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"...recreates the Bronx of the 50's and 60's...Irish-Catholic culture filled with light and shadows...the boys and girls who shared his neighborhood...few writers go home as successfully as Pearson."
Crossing Highbridge
by Maureen Waters
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"The first in her family born in the United States, Waters grew up the 'Bronx Irish' daughter of two unforgettable immigrants: her storytelling, former revolutionary father, and her fierce, IRA-supporting mother. Her life in postwar New York City was colored by Catholicism and strong cultural links to "the other side" - by Irish step dancing, the melodies of Thomas Moore, and the rituals, inflections, and harrowing memories impress ed on her. Sex was a mystery. Schoolgirls wore below-the-knee blue serge uniforms with starched white collars and cuffs. Brutal treatment at the hands of the nuns who ran her college drove Waters to transfer to a secular school."
The Bronx: Lost, Found and Remembered
by Stephen Samtur and Martin Jackson
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A collection of photographs and narratives from the publisher of Back In the Bronx magazine.


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