Grand Central Winter, Expanded Second Edition by Lee Stringer audiobook

Grand Central Winter, Expanded Second Edition: Stories from the Street

By Lee Stringer
Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Read by Kevin Kenerly

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In the underground tunnels below Grand Central Terminal, LeeStringer—homeless and drug-addicted for eleven years—found a pencil to runthrough his crack pipe. One day he used it to write. Soon writing became ahabit that won out over drugs, and before long Stringer had created one of themost powerful urban memoirs of our time. With humane wisdom and a biting wit, Stringer chronicles theunraveling of his seemingly secure existence as a marketing executive and hisodyssey of survival on the streets of New York. Whether he is portraying “God’scorner,” as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzi, a hooker and “past-duetourist” whose infant he sometimes babysits, whether he recounts taking shelterunderneath Grand Central by night and collecting cans by day or making aliving hawking Street News on thesubway, Lee Stringer conveys the vitality and complexity of a down-and-outlife. Rich with small acts of kindness, humor, and evenheroism amid violence and desperation, GrandCentral Winter offers a touching portrait of our shared humanity.

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Summary

Summary

A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

In the underground tunnels below Grand Central Terminal, LeeStringer—homeless and drug-addicted for eleven years—found a pencil to runthrough his crack pipe. One day he used it to write. Soon writing became ahabit that won out over drugs, and before long Stringer had created one of themost powerful urban memoirs of our time.

With humane wisdom and a biting wit, Stringer chronicles theunraveling of his seemingly secure existence as a marketing executive and hisodyssey of survival on the streets of New York. Whether he is portraying “God’scorner,” as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzi, a hooker and “past-duetourist” whose infant he sometimes babysits, whether he recounts taking shelterunderneath Grand Central by night and collecting cans by day or making aliving hawking Street News on thesubway, Lee Stringer conveys the vitality and complexity of a down-and-outlife.

Rich with small acts of kindness, humor, and evenheroism amid violence and desperation, GrandCentral Winter offers a touching portrait of our shared humanity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Stringer knows full well that freedom begins between the ears. It is the discovery of this freedom that liberates the heart.” Colum McCann, National Book Award winner
“Stringer gives us the long view of New York’s underbelly, born of pain but delivered with style and heart.” New York Times Book Review
“[Lee Stringer’s] writing is edgy and pointed and sometimes startlingly funny.” New York Times
Grand Central Winter is, in fact, a subversive work. Its characters and stories fly in the face of the most hallowed stereotypes that American society holds about homeless and near-homeless people.” Chicago Tribune
Grand Central Winter contains surprisingly entertaining vignettes, as the author is blessed with a light touch as well as empathy for his fellow down and out. You can imagine his characters—hookers and junkies and people who’ve fallen just off the edge—in a lyrical, neo-realist Disney film about New York.” Salon
“While such vivid observations would be impressive for any writer, they seem nearly miraculous when you consider that they were drafted while the author was living on the street under the duress of drug addiction.” Time Out New York
“In this candid, sad, yet upbeat memoir…Stringer possesses a sharp eye for the street and the rich, sagacious talent of a storyteller.” Publishers Weekly
“The book gives full humanity to its troubled characters and homes in on the motivations, strategies, and relationships of people surviving on the streets.” Library Journal
“A unique and incisive memoir of street life that neatly eviscerates all stereotypical images of the homeless…Stringer’s crisp detail, straight-no-chaser wit, and uncompromising frankness are as bracing as his subject is significant.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Lee Stringer

Author Bio: Lee Stringer

Lee Stringer’s journey from childhood homelessness in the 1960s 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, the only board member of Project Renewal who is also a former patient of the facility, has demonstrated that writers are made, not born. He is the two-time recipient of the Washington Irving Award and, in 2005, a Lannan Foundation Residency. He is a former editor and columnist of Street News. His essays and articles have appeared in a variety of other publications, including the Nation, 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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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English