Grand Central Winter: Stories From the Street

Grand Central Winter: Stories From the Street

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Grand Central Winter: Stories From the Street by Lee Stringer, Caverly Stringer

Whether Lee Stringer is describing "God's corner" as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzy, a hooker and "past due tourist" whose infant child he sometimes babysits, whether he is recounting his experiences at Street News, where he began hawking the newspaper for a living wage, then wrote articles, and served for a time as muckraking senior editor, whether it is his adventures in New York's infamous Tombs jail, or performing community service, or sleeping in the tunnels below Grand Central Station by night and collecting cans by day, this is a book rich with small acts of kindness, humor and even heroism alongside the expected violence and desperation of life on the street. There is always room, Stringer writes, "amid the costume" jewel glitter...for one more diamond in the rough."
Two events rise over Grand Central Winter like sentinels: Stringer's discovery of crack cocaine and his catching the writing bug. Between these two very different yet oddly similar activities, Lee's life unwound itself, during the 1980s, and took the shape of an odyssey, an epic struggle to find meaning and happiness in arid times. He eventually beat the first addiction with help from a treatment program. The second addiction, writing, has hold of him still.
Among the many accomplishments of this book is that Stringer is able to convey something of the vitality and complexity of a down—and—out life. The reader walks away from it humming its melody, one that is more wise than despairing, less about the shame we feel when confronted with a picture of those less fortunate, and more about the joy we feel when we experience our shared humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888363579
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 07/01/1998
Pages: 239
Product dimensions: 5.85(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

LEE STRINGER's journey from childhood homelessness in the ’60s, to adult homelessness in the ’80s, to his present career as a writer and lecturer, as told in Sleepaway School and Grand Central Winter, is one of the great odysseys of contemporary American life and letters. Stringer is the only board member of Project Renewal who is also a former patient of the facility. He is the two-time recipient of the Washington Irving Award and, in 2005, a Lannan Foundation Residency. He is a former editor of and columnist for Street News. His essays and articles have appeared in a variety of other publications, including the Nation, the New York Times, and Newsday. He lives in Mamaroneck, New York, where he also serves on the board of the Mamaroneck Public Libraries.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
In working with the homeless many of whom suffer the horrors of addiction it is hard to find stories to relate other than common 'war stories'. In Grand Central Winter Mr. Stringer takes us on an adventure from sleeping in the bowls of New York City's Grand Central Station to a triumph of spirit over the soul. I know his story to be genuine and from the heart because I have suffered and surmounted similar circumstances. I am grateful to have had the privilege to read Grand Central Winter. I highly recommend this book to anyone whose soul has cried out into the night. RJ Beaumont Executive Vice President Christian Charity Fund NEPA Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In working with the homeless many of whom suffer the horrors of addiction it is hard to find stories to relate other than common 'war stories'. In Grand Central Winter Mr.Stringer takes us on an adventure from sleeping in the bowls of New York City's Grand Central Station to a triumph of spirit over the soul. I know his story to be genuine and from the heart because I have suffered and surmounted similar circumstances. I am grateful to have had the privilege to read Grand Central Winter. I highly recommend this book to anyone whoes soul has cried out into the night. RJ Beaumont Executive Vice President Chhristian Charity Fund NEPA Wilkes-Barre, PA