Bound To Stay Bound

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 Down these mean streets
 Author: Thomas, Piri

 Publisher:  Vintage (1997)

 Dewey: 974.7
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: x, 340 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 879302 ISBN: 9780679781424
 Ages: 16-18 Grades: 11-12

 Thomas, Piri, -- 1928-2011
 Puerto Ricans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography
 Vulgarity in popular culture
 Drug abuse
 Criminals -- Biography
 Sexual intercourse
 Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Biography
 New York (N.Y.) -- Biography

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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.

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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.

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