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Down These Mean Streets
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date December 1, 1997
Pages 340
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679781424
ISBN-10 0679781420
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Featuring a new introduction, a classic memoir of life in the barrio of Spanish Harlem recounts the author's redemption from a life of crime and drugs after his discovery of his own talent for poetry. Original. 15,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem. Here was the testament of a born outsider: a Puerto Rican in English-speaking America; a dark-skinned morenito in a family that refused to acknowledge its African blood. Here was an unsparing document of Thomas's plunge into the deadly consolations of drugs, street fighting, and armed robbery--a descent that ended when the twenty-two-year-old Piri was sent to prison for shooting a cop.

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 us a book that is as exultant as it is harrowing and whose every page bears the irrepressible rhythm of its author's voice. Thirty years after its first appearance, this classic of manhood, marginalization, survival, and transcendence is available in an anniversary edition with a new Introduction by the author.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780394421575
 
from Random House Inc (May 1, 1967)
9780394421575 | details & prices | List price $14.95
About: Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780451045324 Book cover for 9780679732389 Book cover for 9780679781424
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (December 1, 1997)
9780679781424 | details & prices | 340 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $14.95
About: The author recalls his early experiences with poverty and discrimination, his involvement with drugs and gangs, and his prison sentence for armed robbery which led to his rehabilitation and work with street gangs and drug addicts
Reissue edition from Vintage Books (January 1, 1991)
9780679732389 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $12.00
About: The author recalls his early experiences with poverty and discrimination, his involvement with drugs and gangs, and his prison sentence for armed robbery which led to his rehabilitation and work with street gangs and drug addicts
With Drew Canole | from New Amer Library (July 1, 1972)
9780451045324 | details & prices | List price $1.25
This edition also contains Enjoy the Season: 35 Soup and Crockpot Recipe Favorites for Health and Vitality
About: "A linguistic event.
Miscellaneous
from Vintage Books (August 25, 2010)
9780307763563 | details & prices | 352 pages | List price $13.95
Reinforced
from Demco Media (February 1, 2002)
9780606206365 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $22.29
About: The author recalls his early experiences with poverty and discrimination, his involvement with drugs and gangs, and his prison sentence for armed robbery which led to his rehabilitation and work with street gangs and drug addicts
Prebinding
Book cover for 9780613810579 Book cover for 9781439504093
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (June 26, 2008)
9781439504093 | details & prices | 340 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.72 lbs | List price $21.95
About: Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem.
from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780808586739 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $21.10
About: The author recalls his early experiences with poverty and discrimination, his involvement with drugs and gangs, and his prison sentence for armed robbery which led to his rehabilitation and work with street gangs and drug addicts
from Turtleback Books (November 1, 1997)
9780613810579 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $25.70
About: The author recalls his early experiences with poverty and discrimination, his involvement with drugs and gangs, and his prison sentence for armed robbery which led to his rehabilitation and work with street gangs and drug addicts

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