Random Family

Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

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Author: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439124892

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

View: 6197

Random Family tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten years of reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses the reader in the mind-boggling intricacies of the little-known ghetto world. She charts the tumultuous cycle of the generations, as girls become mothers, mothers become grandmothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation. Two romances thread through Random Family: the sexually charismatic nineteen-year-old Jessica's dizzying infatuation with a hugely successful young heroin dealer, Boy George, and fourteen-year-old Coco's first love with Jessica's little brother, Cesar, an aspiring thug. Fleeing from family problems, the young couples try to outrun their destinies. Chauffeurs whisk them to getaways in the Poconos and to nightclubs. They cruise the streets in Lamborghinis and customized James Bond cars. Jessica and Boy George ride the wild adventure between riches and ruin, while Coco and Cesar stick closer to the street, all four caught in a precarious dance between life and death. Friends get murdered; the DEA and FBI investigate Boy George's business activities; Cesar becomes a fugitive; Jessica and Coco endure homelessness, betrayal, the heartbreaking separation of prison, and throughout it all, the insidious damage of poverty. Together, then apart, the teenagers make family where they find it. Girls look for excitement and find trouble; boys, searching for adventure, join crews and prison gangs. Coco moves upstate to dodge the hazards of the Bronx; Jessica seeks solace in romance. Both find that love is the only place to go. A gifted prose stylist and a profoundly compassionate observer, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc has slipped behind the cold statistics and sensationalism surrounding inner-city life and come back with a riveting, haunting, and true urban soap opera that reveals the clenched grip of the streets. Random Family is a compulsive read and an important journalistic achievement, sure to take its place beside the classics of the genre.

Random Family

Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

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Author: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743254434

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 409

View: 4393

Follows two teenagers coming of age in the midst of the Bronx drug trade as they experience budding sexuality, teen parenthood, and gang identity in a social examination of the challenges of family life in the face of violence.

Random Family

Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

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Author: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684863871

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

View: 7500

Follows two teenagers coming of age in the midst of the Bronx drug trade as they experience budding sexuality, teen parenthood, and gang identity in a social examination of the challenges of family life in the face of violence.

Random Families

Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin

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Author: Rosanna Hertz,Margaret K. Nelson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019088827X

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 312

View: 6091

The ready availability of donated sperm and eggs has made possible an entirely new form of family. Children of the same donor and their families, with the help of social media and the internet, can now locate each other and make contact. These genetic strangers, along with the donor, sometimes form meaningful connections that blossom into lively and longstanding groups who maintain a Facebook page, hold regular reunions, and enjoy close friendships. This book is about these unprecedented families, networks of strangers linked by genes, medical technology, and intense curiosity. Based on over 350 interviews with children and parents from all over the United States, Rosanna Hertz and Margaret K. Nelson explore what it means to be a donor sibling and what it's like to be a parent who discovers four, six, or even a dozen children who share half the DNA of their offspring. Random Families chronicles the chain of choices that couples and single moms make-from how to conceive, how to accept donors into their family trees, and what to do when they discover that other children share half their child's DNA. Do shared genes make you family? Do kids find anything in common? What becomes of the chance networks that arise once parents and donor siblings find one another? Hertz and Nelson trace what happens in these groups over time and reveal the different motivations both kids and parents have for becoming part of them. Random Families shares how these remarkable relationships, woven from bits of information, are transformed into new possibilities for kinship. The authors offer a highly readable account of life at the intersection of reproductive technology, social media, and the human desire for intimacy and identity.

A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise

A True Story About Schizophrenia

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Author: Sandra Allen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501134035

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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"Sandra Allen did not know her uncle Bob very well. As a child, she had been told he was 'crazy,' that he had spent time in mental hospitals while growing up in Berkeley in the '60s and '70s ... Then in 2009 Bob mailed her his autobiography. Typewritten in all caps, a stream of error-riddled sentences over sixty, single-spaced pages, the often incomprehensible manuscript proclaimed to be a 'true story' about being 'labeled a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic,' and arrived with a plea to help him get his story out to the world. In [this book], Allen translates her uncle's autobiography, ... creating a ... coming-of-age story while sticking ... to the facts as he shared them"

A Family Apart

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Author: Joan Lowery Nixon

Publisher: Laurel Leaf

ISBN: 0440226767

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 162

View: 1963

When their mother can no longer support them, six siblings are sent by the Children's Aid Society of New York City to live with farm families in Missouri in 1860.

The First Family

Terror, Extortion and the Birth of the American Mafia

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Author: Mike Dash

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1849835861

Category: True Crime

Page: 480

View: 7533

Before Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, there was the one-fingered, cunning Giuseppe Morello and his murderous coterie of brothers. Had it not been for Morello, the world may never have heard of 'men of honour', the code of omertaor Mafia wars. This explosive book tells the story of the first family of New York, and how this extended close-knit clan of racketeers and murderers left the backwaters of Sicily to successfully establish themselves as the founding godfathers of the New World. First Family will explain in thrilling, characterful detail how the American Mafia established itself so successfully. Combining strong narrative and raw violence - set against the raucous bustle of early twentieth-century New York, and the impoverished rural life of nineteenth-century Sicily - this impeccably researched, groundbreaking study of a crucial period of American history is a compelling portrait of the early years of organised crime.

Upstate Girls

Unraveling Collar City

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Author: Brenda Ann Kenneally

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1942872844

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

View: 1083

In the tradition of Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank, an eye-opening portrait of the rise and fall of the American working class, and a shockingly intimate visual history of Troy, New York that arcs over five hundred years—from Henry Hudson to the industrial revolution to a group of contemporary young women as they grow, survive, and love. Welcome to Troy, New York. The land where mastodon roamed, the Mohicans lived, and the Dutch settled in the seventeenth century. Troy grew from a small trading post into a jewel of the Industrial Revolution. Horseshoes, rail ties, and detachable shirt collars were made there and the middle class boomed, making Troy the fourth wealthiest city per capita in the country. Then, the factories closed, the middle class disappeared, and the downtown fell into disrepair. Troy is the home of Uncle Sam, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Rensselaer County Jail, the photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally, and the small group of young women, their children, lovers, and families who Kenneally has been photographing for over a decade. Before Kenneally left Troy, her life looked a lot like the lives of these girls. With passion and profound empathy she has chronicled three generations—their love and heartbreak; their births and deaths; their struggles with poverty, with education, and with each other; and their joy. Brenda Ann Kenneally is the Dorothea Lange of our time—her work a bridge between the people she photographs, history, and us. What began as a brief assignment for The New York Times Magazine became an eye-opening portrait of the rise and fall of the American working class, and a shockingly intimate visual history of Troy that arcs over five hundred years. Kenneally beautifully layers archival images with her own photographs and collages to depict the transformations of this quintessentially American city. The result is a profound, powerful, and intimate look at America, at poverty, at the shrinking middle class, and of people as they grow, survive, and love.

In Cold Blood

A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences

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Author: Truman Capote

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780140187014

Category: Feature films DVD.

Page: 335

View: 4790

With the publication of this book, Capote permanently ripped through the barrier separating crime reportage from serious literature. As he reconstructs the 1959 murder of a Kansas farm family and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, Capote generates suspense and empathy.

Family And Friends

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Author: Anita Brookner

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241976537

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 2974

Beginning with a wedding photograph, this story charts the loves and lives of a family and their friends, following each of them through their own struggles, triumphs and sorrows.

And Tango Makes Three

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Author: Justin Richardson,Peter Parnell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0857073842

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 331

Roy and Silo are just like the other penguin couples at the zoo - they bow to each other, walk together and swim together. But Roy and Silo are a little bit different - they're both boys. Then, one day, when Mr Gramzay the zookeeper finds them trying to hatch astone, he realises that it may be time for Roy and Silo to become parents for real.

Family Album

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Author: Penelope Lively

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141041226

Category: Fiction

Page: 259

View: 5582

A big shabby Victorian suburban house, the smell of raincoats and coq au vin in the hall, the six mugs for the children slung from the kitchen dresser hooks: for destructive Paul, difficult Gina, elegant Sandra, considerate Katie, clever Roger and flighty Clare, Allersmead was the perfect place to grow up. But was it? Now grown-up and off in different directions, one by one the children return to Allersmead, to their home-making mother and aloof writer father and a house that for years has played silent witness to the secrets of a family, and one particular secret of which no one speaks� In her sixteenth novel, Penelope Lively shows her extraordinary understanding of what makes us human as she delves into the mystery of family life.

The Dead Family Diaz

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Author: P. J. Bracegirdle

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0147515580

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 1664

Dreading his skeleton family's visit to the scary land of the living on el Día de los Muertos, Angelito is petrified when he is accidentally separated from his family until he makes a new friend, a living boy who shares Angelito's fears.

Queen Sugar

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Author: Natalie Baszile

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143132738

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 3994

"Now with a new introduction by Ava DuVernay and the author"--Cover.

Family Resemblances

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Author: Lowry Pei

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780394755281

Category: Aunts

Page: 264

View: 3893

Fifteen-year-old Karen spends the summer with her unusual Aunt Augusta and learns many things about love, life, and the complexities of growing up.

A Death in the Family

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Author: James Agee

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241198550

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 6119

On a sultry summer night in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his house in Knoxville, Tennessee, to tend to his father, whom he belives is dying. The summons turns out to be a false alarm, but on his way back to his family, Jay has a car accident and is killed instantly. Dancing back and forth in time and braiding the viewpoints of Jay's wife, brother, and young son, Rufus, Agee creates an overwhelming powerful novel of innocence, tenderness, and loss that should be read for the sheer music of its prose.

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

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Author: Emily Jenkins

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

ISBN: 0399554211

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 800

The beloved characters from Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family return in this heartwarming picture book from a critically adored team--perfect for Hanukkah gift-giving! Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins (A Greyhound, a Groundhog) and Caldecott Award-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky (Rapunzel) bring the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family to life in a new format. Fans, along with those just meeting the five girls ("all of a kind," as their parents say), will join them back in 1912, on the Lower East Side of NYC, and watch as preparations for Hanukkah are made. When Gertie, the youngest, is not allowed to help prepare latkes, she throws a tantrum. Banished to the girls' bedroom, she can still hear the sounds and smell the smells of a family getting ready to celebrate. But then Papa comes home and she is allowed out--and given the best job of all: lighting the first candle on the menorah. First published in 1951, Taylor's chapter books have become time-honored favorites, selling over a million copies and touching generations of readers. In this time when immigrants often do not feel accepted, the All-of-a-Kind Family gives a heartwarming glimpse of a Jewish immigrant family and their customs that is as relevant--and necessary--today as when it was first written. Jenkins and Zelinsky's charming compliment to Taylor's series perfectly captures the warmth and family values that made the original titles classics.

Coco Guide Book (Disney/Pixar Coco)

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Author: Edlin Ortiz

Publisher: RH/Disney

ISBN: 9780736438476

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

View: 8014

A full-color guide to the family tree based on Disney 2 Pixar's latest animated feature film "Coco, " coming to theaters on November 22.

Random House Webster's School and Office Dictionary

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Author: Random House

Publisher: Random House Reference

ISBN: 9780375719868

Category: Reference

Page: 630

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An updated, all-purpose dictionary includes more than 75,000 definitions, including current geographical and biographical names, popular terms, computer slang, word histories, usage notes, multimedia, and business terms, along with a helpful Guide for Writers, and tips on avoiding offensive or insensitive language. Original. 15,000 first printing.

In the Name of the Children

An FBI Agent's Relentless Pursuit of the Nation's Worst Predators

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Author: Jeffrey L. Rinek,Marilee Strong

Publisher: Benbella Books

ISBN: 9781944648985

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 8805

FBI Agent Jeff Rinek, well-known for a number of high-profile investigations, including the Unabomber, the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, and the Yosemite Park murders committed by a serial killer named Cary Stayner deeply personal account of what it's like to work cases when a missing child's life hangs in the balance or when a serial child killer must be identified and stopped before he kills again.