You Think it Strange: A Memoir

You Think it Strange: A Memoir

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The piercing, heartbreaking memoir of growing up on the crime-ridden streets of Philadelphia and charting a new path a€œProstitution, gambling, fencing, contract murder, loan sharking, political corruption . . . crimes of every sort were the daily trade in Philadelphiaa€™s Tenderloin, the oldest part of town. The Kevitch family ruled this stew for half a century, from Prohibition to the rise of Atlantic City. My mother was a Kevitch.a€ So begins poet Dan Burta€™s moving, emotional memoir of life on the dangerous streets of downtown Philadelphia. The son of a butcher and an heiress to an organized crime empire, Burt rejected the harsh world of his upbringing, eventually renouncing his home country as well and forging a new life in the UK. But in this riveting reappraisal of his childhood, Burt wrestles with the idea that home leaves an indelible mark that can never truly be left behind.I have only three Creighton memories from the subsequent six years there: learning to make zip guns in Shop; suspension for emulating characters in Blackboard Jungle; and Charlene Cores. The curriculum included mandatory vocationalanbsp;...

Title:You Think it Strange: A Memoir
Author:Dan Burt
Publisher:The Overlook Press - 2015-09-22


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