Best-selling author Avery Corman vividly recreates the vibrant, colorful neighborhood where he grew up – in the Bronx of the 1940s and 1950s. He recalls candy stores and bookmakers, egg creams and double feature movies, street games like stickball and Johnny- on-the-pony, school days of a different era, social mores that have disappeared.
His was the generation of children of the home front during World War II, and he recounts how the war was embedded in daily life, and how children became literate through newspaper coverage of the war, and through Dick and Jane and comic books. He remembers in his neighborhood a deep sense of community and shared experience.
My Old Neighborhood Remembered is a memoir that is urban history. Featured are 16 vintage photographs. Avery Corman also discusses the factors that altered the Bronx, in a decline that was particularly rapid and vast, before the area began to rebuild.
As the author of Kramer vs. Kramer, a common assumption has been that Avery Corman was himself divorced; he was not. He was, however, a child of divorce at a time and place when divorce was rare, an experience woven through the narrative.
My Old Neighborhood Remembered is told with the storytelling skills that have made Avery Corman a critically acclaimed author whose books have been published throughout the world.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
175 Field Place 5
Elementary School 8
The Home Front 15
My Aunt and Uncle 19
A Twilight Zone Type of Occurrence 23
The Talking Dog 25
Other Dogs 27
Street Games 31
Candy and Things 35
Going to the Movies 39
The Bronx Home News 46
Alexander's Department Store 49
Rooting For Baseball Teams 52
Joe Dimaggio's Glove 58
Playing Baseball 60
Edgar Allan Poe 62
"Have You Got Any Information?" 64
Religious Observance 66
Barber Shops 73
Groceries, Delis, Bakeries, Appetizing Stores 76
Ice Cream Parlors 78
The Truth About My Father 80
Schoolyard Basketball 91
Junior High School 93
The Bronx Zoo 99
The 1951 City College Basketball Scandal 101
Emil Verban 106
High School 108
The Paradise Pizzeria 118
Getting To Arthur Avenue 120
Chinese Restaurants 121
The Concourse Plaza Hotel 123
Jack Molinas 125
Laurel & Hardy Go Ice Skating 133
Absence Of A Manila Envelope 136
The Tan Jacket 138
The Reality 149
Fulfilling Your Military Obligation 155
Once More 159
What People are Saying About This
Before Brooklyn became a hipster haven with pricey real estate and the Bronx became the poster child for urban blight, neighborhood life in those outer boroughs was pretty much the same.
That's the recollection of Avery Corman, who grew up in the Bronx during the 1940s and '50s and went on to write novels that became the basis for the hit movies "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Oh God!" In a later novel,
"The Old Neighborhood," the hard-driving protagonist reconnects with his childhood neighborhood in the Bronx, rediscovers his roots and finds inner peace and contentment.
Now Corman has returned to that same nostalgia-laden turf, this time with a charming and lyrical memoir, "My Old Neighborhood Remembered," about his Bronx boyhood in a nontraditional working-class household with a divorced mother, an older sister, and an aunt and uncle, both of them deaf mutes.
People tend to romanticize their childhood, but the post-World War II Bronx was a time and place that conveyed a sense of community and vitality to those who grew up there. Many have moved on but still carry fond memories that Corman's quick read is sure to evoke. His anecdotes and reminiscences are likely to resonate most strongly with fellow Bronxites, but readers unfamiliar with the world of his childhood are sure to be charmed and entertained by this delightful account of city life more than a half-century ago.