Tears for My City: An Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy

Tears for My City: An Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy

by Dean Dimitrieski


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Tears for My City: An Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy by Dean Dimitrieski

Subtitled AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A DETROIT WHITE BOY, TEARS FOR MY CITY tells the true story of an immigrant white kid from Macedonia who moves to the most dangerous neighborhood in Detroit at the height of gang violence in the 1970s. With a crack house next door and gangs like Young Boys Incorporated fighting for control of the neighborhood, Dean Dimitrieski struggles to keep himself and his family safe while refusing to join a gang -- even when most of his friends are already on the inside. He later befriends two of Detroit's most wanted drug lords, and just when he feels he's starting to fit in, he becomes a witness to a horrific crime that shatters his American dream and the life he loved in Detroit.

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ISBN-13: 9781618630292
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2011
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 649,725
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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Tears For My City: An Autobiography Of A Detroit White Boy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Dr-Ryan-E-Lazar More than 1 year ago
“Tears for My City” is an extremely moving and introspective tale. This is a captivating must- read story. It is an interesting book for not only Detroiters and Metro-Detroiters but readers anywhere looking to gain an insider’s perspective on what life was like during the 80’s on the streets of east Detroit. Anyone who watched the local and/or national news during the 1980’s will be familiar with the depicted individuals and events – the difference is you will leave with a true realization of what it meant to walk in the shoes of some of these notorious people rather than hearing about them in a quick news blurb. The book’s perspective is especially unique because it comes from an immigrant’s point of view and therefore was painted on a blank canvas rather than influenced from preconceived notions. When someone (immigrant or not) says, “I’m from Detroit,” too often that means they are from some suburb not even adjacent to Detroit but perhaps 20 some odd miles north, east , south, or west of the city. These individuals may never even make it into the actual city; and if they do, it is to attend some major sporting event all the while insuring their car doors are locked and running in fear from a panhandler or homeless person. That is not Detroit – “Tears For My City” is Detroit – The Real DETROIT. Dr. Ryan E. Lazar
Rachel_85 More than 1 year ago
Tears for my city was captivating! I felt as if I was with Dean as he was growing up. Dean openly shared his heart in this book, and I found myself so engaged that I felt the emotions that he felt through each of his life experiences. This is an inspiring book of an over comer and I enjoyed reading it very much.
LiliBrown More than 1 year ago
Tears for my City was a very entertaining book to read. It was full of suspense, drama, humor, and even love! It was a hard book to put down & I really enjoyed reading it. I think it would make a GREAT movie one day!
LuRad More than 1 year ago
Coming from a family that immigrated to the US, I know the hardship that is involved in such a move: the language barrier, the unfamiliar customs, hardly, if any, assistance and support from anyone. Assimilation is a long and difficult process. The author¿s experience is made more difficult by entering a new ¿lawless¿ world in which he is a minority. It¿s truly a miracle that he not only survived but became a successful professional and family man. The fact that he still loves the city in which he grew up only attests to the fact that he made the most of the life he was given. As I read the book, I could picture the author telling this amazing story while sitting on the front stoop of his home in Detroit, looking over the neighborhood that he still loves despite the countless hardships he endured. An intriguing story told by a truly amazing individual.
bwbatlarge More than 1 year ago
Tears for my City: an Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy is the story of Dean Dimitrieski, who grew up in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Detroit during a time when gang violence reached its peak in the 1970s. It is a page-turning and deeply moving story that is certain to leave an indelible impression on readers. In 1973, before living in Detroit, his parents decided that their whole family, including Dean and his sister, should leave communist Macedonia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, in the hopes of finding a better, more peaceful life. Instead, their lives are turned upside down by local crime and violence. When Dean and his family settle in Detroit, he encounters the most intense kind of peer pressure with which any teen could be confronted. Dean becomes friends with members of the Young Boys Incorporated gang, who continually try to persuade him to join, which he refuses to do. Trouble still looms for Dean, who becomes friends with two of Detroit¿s most wanted drug lords. At one point, Dean feels like he finally fits in to his new city; however, a drug dealer named Ray Ray changes all of that. When Ray Ray shares the details of a brutal murder with him, Dean must choose between doing what is right and protecting himself on the streets. As the story unfolds, readers are drawn into the tragic downfall of the American Dream and the Dimitrieski family¿s hope for a better life, only to have that hope shattered by the rough streets of Detroit and the crime and violence that pervade them. This utterly compelling autobiography conveys its message and story through down to earth language, making it a must-read for readers of all types.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I red this book and it is the best book iread in my lif but i am still 11 so i have alot of books ahead of me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like alot of these reviews were written by people that know Mr Dimitrieski.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Amazing story from beginning to end. The reader is taken through the ups and downs of Dean's life, especially living in the Detroit most of us never knew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago