What Else But Home: Seven Boys and an American Journey Between the Projects and the Penthouse

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It started with a baseball game, when Michael Rosen’s seven-year-old son Ripton invited some older boys over to his family’s penthouse for snacks and Nintendo after joining their pick-up game in Tomkins Square Park. These visits became more frequent, and soon these boys, all black and Hispanic neighbors living in public and subsidized housing, became part of the Rosen’s family. Over time Michael and his wife Leslie became like parents to these boys, and like parents everywhere, decided to help them succeed. So ...
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Overview


It started with a baseball game, when Michael Rosen’s seven-year-old son Ripton invited some older boys over to his family’s penthouse for snacks and Nintendo after joining their pick-up game in Tomkins Square Park. These visits became more frequent, and soon these boys, all black and Hispanic neighbors living in public and subsidized housing, became part of the Rosen’s family. Over time Michael and his wife Leslie became like parents to these boys, and like parents everywhere, decided to help them succeed. So began a remarkable relationship between the Rosen family and five of the boys in particular, beautifully and movingly chronicled in What Else But Home—a love story unlike any other, of a family that opened its door and heart and learned that whatever our racial and economic differences, baseball conquers all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586488949
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,387,792
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Michael Rosen, a community organizer, is the author of Turning Words, Spinning Worlds. He has been a real estate developer and investor, CEO on Wall Street and in the public sector, and an assistant professor at New York University. He lives in New York with his wife, Leslie Gruss, and helps raise the extended Rosen family.
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Table of Contents

1 The Sandlot 1

2 The Rock 13

3 Paragon 33

4 Books 63

5 Splivy 75

6 Love 107

7 Onions 127

8 Ishmael 167

9 Theft 187

10 Kindu 249

11 Rosegardens 255

12 Getting Out 269

13 Carlos 311

14 Highways and Airports 323

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    Good Book - Not So Good Example To Follow

    Overall, this book was very good. I read 86% or 12 of the 14 chapters in one day. I will say, however that some chapters should have been shorter. It was not difficult for me to read, but I suspect that some will have problems given the use of ebonic language. I think this is a good book for those who are inquisitive and have an open mind. If you are very community oriented and love giving back without question, this one is for you! I will say that I don't think the parents in this book set a good example for anyone who is thinking about adopting children or anyone who my take a child under their wing and mentor him/her. Children need to be taught responsibility and that they won't get everything they ask for. I also think that the parents in this story should have begun correcting the "bigger boys" from the beginning rather than allowing them to continue to use fowl language around the younger children who eventually started using the language as well. I'm glad that the Rosens shared their story with the world. But it also shows you that discrimination is still alive and well and it won't cease until people step outside of their confort zones and try to understand where other people are coming from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    IF ONLY THERE WERE MORE ROSENS

    Where Else But Home is the magnificent true story about a family, which came to be because the Rosens opened their hearts, unconditionally, to seven boys. Two were formally adopted and the remaining five became their sons also. The Rosen's were present and loving in the daily lives of the boys. Picture a physician wife and an "intellectual" father learning truths about race, class, fear, trust, love in their penthouse home....being taught by five boys from project/subsidized housing, lacking fathers, living month to month amongst ganglife, drugs and death. Barriers were broken, trust was born ....as was this special family. With present parents and a good education, SO MUCH IS POSSIBLE!
    A great read and proof doing the right thing CAN make a difference !!

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