|Down these mean streets|
Author: Thomas, Piri
As he recounts the journey that took him from adolescence in El Barrio to a lock-up in Sing Sing to the freedom that comes of self-acceptance, faith, and inner confidence, Piri Thomas gives a frank tale of street life and the dream of escaping it.
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2017 The 30th anniversary edition of Thomas's classic is as relevant today as when it was originally published in 1967. The lyrical memoir follows the coming-of-age on the streets of Spanish Harlem of a Puerto Rican in English-speaking America—a dark-skinned morenito in a family that refused to acknowledge its African blood. Drugs, street fighting, and armed robbery eventually land the 22-year-old Piri in prison for shooting a cop. An eye-opening account of one young man's journey of identity, marginalization, survival, and transcendence. - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.