Ruthie's Kids:Tough Love from a Tough Mom.

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The true story of 7 kids being raised by a single mother in the slums of lower East Side Manhattan during the 1950's. A tale of growing up poor and struggling for dignity as seen through the eyes of one of her sons. The sometimes poignant, often humorous, but always grateful description of a mother's relentless struggle to keep her family together despite the challenges of poverty, crime, and the well-meaning social agencies that would have separated them. Nurtured by a bare-knuckled mother who used fear to keep ...
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The true story of 7 kids being raised by a single mother in the slums of lower East Side Manhattan during the 1950's. A tale of growing up poor and struggling for dignity as seen through the eyes of one of her sons. The sometimes poignant, often humorous, but always grateful description of a mother's relentless struggle to keep her family together despite the challenges of poverty, crime, and the well-meaning social agencies that would have separated them. Nurtured by a bare-knuckled mother who used fear to keep them in line, Ruthie's Kids will be forever indebted to the woman who understood the meaning of "tough love" before it became a fashionable cliche. Thanks to her courage and commitment, 7 kids survived the urban jungle, ended the welfare dependency, and became productive citizens.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780595234417
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/24/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2002

    Perennial Struggle

    Life is a perennial struggle on many fronts and this book serves to crystalize this truely existential contention, giving the reader a tragicomic but wholy melioristic glimpse back in time. As the story unfolds, the author reveals himself to be melancholic and somewhat quixotic, yet not entirely so. The book is a dialogical adventure, not so much a rigorous study into the complexities of human existance but rather an almost Chekovian revalation of the emotional depth of ordinary lives, individual existence, choice, and commitment. Though dialectic at times, the book tells its story well, with lively, interesting characters to care about, in spite of their faults. I think the late Ruth Robinson, the real-life matriarch on whom this book is based, would be quite proud of this treatment of the early life and times of her family. Certainly, she has been duly deified with the writing of this reflective work. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    CHARACHTER 101

    The story of Ruthie's kids written by Bob Weir is one I would love to see made into a movie. Mr. Weir's depition of his mother left me with a need to meet this woman of such strength of character. He made me feel the pain of a boy striving to weave his way in and out of a world of confusion. I felt the pain of his embarressments, his feet and the concrete meeting through the holes in his shoes. His humor was contagious as I wiped my eyes of laughing tears. For the duration of my reading,'Ruthie's Kids', I was taken to a world I didn't know exhisted, but would now like to see on the big screen. Bob describes the lives of seven siblings and a mother who tolerated nothing but respect for them and herself. I laughed and I cried as I my eyes roamed the print that described his life as one would describe a beloved ship that had markings of wreckage, but would always be loved for it's history. I would like to see Faye Dunnaway play the role of Ruthie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    Ruthie's Kids:Tough Love from a Tough Mom.

    Ruthie's Kids tells a story that could only have been written by one who lived it. In graphic detail, Mr. Weir has given the reader a front row seat in a broken-down tenement, circa 1950's, with all its challenges, bitter memories, and humorous anecdotes. The love and respect he and his siblings felt for their rough and tumble mother is evident throughout the book, while at the same time illustrating her all too human foibles. The author writes with compassion about his wayward father, although criticizing his weakness and praying it's not an inherited trait. The book is a trip through the streets of Manhattan some 45 years ago, as seen through the eyes of a kid who grew up in the streets, the schools, and the rodent-packed jungle of the lower east side.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2002

    Ruthie's Kids:Tough Love from a Tough Mom.

    Having lived in the South end of Manhattan for several years, I found Mr. Weir's graphic descriptions of life in The City to be fascinatingly real and compelling. His views of Greenwich Village, the Third Avenue El, and other venues brought back some great memories. I found myself rereading chapters the way I would watch a rerun of my favorite TV show or movie. I recommend the book to anyone who has experienced New York or to those who would like to, if only vicariously.

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