The Bookmaker
by Michael Agovino

Memoir of an Italian-American boy growing up in Co-op City in the Bronx with a studious older sister, a stay-at-home mother, and a father who worked for the city and was also a bookie. The father was smart enough to graduate from Stuyvesant High School, but did not go to college. He read books and journals at a high intellectual level all his life. He took the family on trips to Europe and elsewhere even though he could not afford it. The parents had good old-fashioned values and appreciation for European culture. The author had more black friends than white and adopted black cultural values as well as an appreciation for his parentsí values. It manages to be an affectionate portrait of a good family without being overly sentimental.

Year Read: 2008


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