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

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

by Michael Rosen
 

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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

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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 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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Ron Suskind, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author of A Hope in the Unseen
“Many people talk about what they can do to reach across divides, to create a better world. The Rosens didn't just talk — they plunged, headlong, into an extraordinary adventure of shared purpose and unflinching commitment. Michael Rosen takes readers on a death-defying journey — gritty, surprising, funny and fiercely honest. What was defied? The death of hope. What we're now graced with? An inspring book about what one family can accomplish.”

Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Carry Me Home
“For Michael Rosen to have lived this story would've been sufficient. For him to be able to write about it with such beauty and grit, such delicacy and bluntness, seems like a gift of destiny. What Else But Home renders our country's defining forces of race and class—and immigration—down to the society's molecular unit, the family, and shows us what we have become and might become, in all our heroic messiness. This is a valentine to America's diversity—and indeed to every enterprise of courage, chaos and love that results in magic.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586488949
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
07/27/2010
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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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