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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Park Slope Publishing; First edition (April 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983796300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983796305
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I was hooked from the first chapter of Leaving Story Avenue by Paul LaRosa. The chapter is a very nearly a poem about newsrooms in the days before computers....it's a memoir most anyone will love." - Carolyn Howard-Johnson, writer and instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. 

"Paul LaRosa['s]...breezy memoir of the 1970s New York City newspaper culture, 'Leaving Story Avenue,' captures the sense of adventure behind kitschy tabloid headlines and clichéd phrases such as 'Get Me Re-Write!'" -- James Broderick, bookpleasures.com

"CBS News producer & N.Y. Press Club member Paul LaRosa has written a riveting remembrance that's outstanding for numerous reasons: The writing, the subject matter, the manner of presentation - without an ounce of ego or an iota of self pity - and the good humor."
-- Beatrice Williams-Rude, The Constant Columnist

"You can't get much more NYC than Paul LaRosa...He has a great eye, great ear, and a great sense of self-effacing humor...'Leaving Story Avenue' is a marvelous tale of a fast-disappearing part of New York."
-- Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism,former columnist for The Village Voice

"The 'CBS News' producer Paul LaRosa...has written a captivating and vivid memoir, which takes readers on a bumpy but exuberant ride...a charming tale of an ambitious kid whose street smarts served him well during the heyday of big-city tabloid journalism. ."
-- Sam Roberts, The New York Times

Paul LaRosa has written a poignant and funny memoir that stretches in an unstraight line from mean Bronx streets to the newsroom of the Daily News. Along the way, in snappy prose, he sprinkles wisdom about New York, the pull of peers and of family, the ambition and pride that propels a working class kid to succeed, and a portrait of the zany New York Daily News newsroom that is one part exhilaration, and one part Front Page. At the end, readers will come to miss the engaging, self-deprecating author whose book reads as breezily as a delicious tabloid newspaper. --Ken Auletta, writer & author, The New Yorker Magazine

Nostalgic, warm, and compelling...I could hear the clack of typewriter keys as I read Paul LaRosa s Leaving Story Avenue. --Theresa Weir, author of The Orchard

From the Author

The reviews -- both professional and from readers -- have been outstanding. This memoir makes the perfect gift for any relative who grew up in The Bronx back in the '60 and '70s. I hope you'll take a read and let me know what you think. I appreciate all your support.

Best,

Paul

More About the Author

Dear Friends,

My memoir "Leaving Story Avenue: My journey from the projects to the front page" has been receiving great reader reviews since its release and, as some have pointed out, it's a terrific summer book -- easy to read and fun! But now that it's past Labor Day, I might mention that it's good to read anytime of year! :)

It's a story about striving to become who you want to be and deals with the years I grew up in a Bronx housing project and how I made the leap to become a reporter at The New York Daily News when reporters were fun, full of life and sometime booze. It was a grand time. A memoir of a now lost era, the last days of the Front Page Era. I wrote it at least partly because I did not want this amazing era of newspaper men and women to pass without acknowledgment. They busted their butts to get the stories out and had fun while doing it. It's an ere that's gone for good.

I hope you'll read my book. The NY Times called it 'vivid and captivating' and you can read the reader reviews for yourself on Amazon. I couldn't have asked for more in terms of critical praise but, as this was put out by a small, boutique publisher, I wish it had better distribution. Please help me out by reading it and, if you like it, spread the word! Thanks.

Ken Auletta, a writer & author at the New Yorker Magazine said: "Paul LaRosa
has written a poignant and funny memoir that stretches in an unstraight line from mean Bronx streets to the newsroom of the Daily News. Along the way, in snappy prose, he sprinkles wisdom about New York, the pull of peers and of family, the ambition and pride that propels a working class kid to succeed, and a portrait of the zany New York Daily News newsroom that is one part exhilaration, and one part Front Page. At the end, readers will come to miss the engaging, self-deprecating author whose book reads as breezily as a delicious tabloid newspaper."

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, writing on myshelf.com, said: "This is a memoir most anyone will love."

Thanks for taking a look.

Paul





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My sister read this book before me.
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This was a good story from the 80"s. Good story about growing up in the projects in New York City.
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Paul LaRosa has written a wonderful coming-of-age memoir.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By AKA_Terrie on July 26, 2012
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Disclaimer: I am not a kid from the Bronx. I did not grow up with, nor have I ever met, nor have I any affiliation with the author of this book. But...I sure wish things were different. I wish I could say I had walked half a mile in his shoes, beside him, behind him because the stories told are so good, so fun, so sweet and so memorable. As I read I found myself cheering on a group of people I'd never met, longing for a sense of the camaraderie earned while living in a neighborhood I'd never entered, wanting to keep the secrets and share the wealth, and all the while I continued to become entranced by the stories I wish I could say were my own.

I imagine the stories told here are what some of the great commentators of times past might have told, or wish they'd told, back in the day. This is the kind of work you'll remember long past the first read; a little like that of Dickens, Twain, and even Thoreau because of the ability of the author to make you think about the places he's been, the faces he's lost and the spaces in between that were survived only because of that very gritty New York attitude. Also a story of hope, I had to stop several times to wipe away tears. It's so good to see a tale of one of our own succeeding despite the twists and turns of life. Way to go, Mr. LaRosa! You may not always have done it "right" but you've done it "so" - and that's the important thing. I can't really imagine anyone not finding value in this work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on August 4, 2012
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Former newspaperman Paul LaRosa deftly chronicles his scrappy and sometimes madcap early years, revolving around a new, then declining, Bronx housing project. His childhood playing with the kids in the projects, he writes, was "world without parents," where anything felt possible. From troublemaking in Catholic school (high school starts off by getting punched in the face by a priest) to working behind the counter at a deli, LaRosa had a very New York adolescence: "The first day of Driver's Ed was only the third time I had ever been inside a car," he writes.

The book really sets afire when he gets a job as a copyboy (everyone is a copyboy, we learn, even girls) at the Daily News. In fact, that's how he describes the newspaper itself: "alive" and "on fire." From his days as a lowly copyboy to the the indignities of being the reporter assigned to the slow overnight "lobster shift," where nothing happens until he gets a call to go to the Dakota, because John Lennon had been shot, the reader feels so close to the action that they may end up with ink on their hands.

Leaving Story Avenue is a sweet and funny book, one full of curiosity and a constant sense of wonder and about the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elvis Lee Seewald on February 22, 2013
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Wow, what we'll written story. I have never been to New York City but the book puts you right down in the middle of it and takes you for a ride.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Santi on February 2, 2013
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I think the journey is portrayed very well from a copy boy to reporter. If you have strong passion for the work you do, you can excel starting from any level in the organization. Gives you a good glimpse of New York life also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B.A.A. on March 14, 2012
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Having read all of Paul LaRosa's excellent true crime books with great enjoyment, I was intrigued to learn he'd penned a memoir. And never has a walk down memory lane been any more delightful! From humble origins in the projects all the way to a plum spot as a reporter for the New York Daily News, LaRosa regales the reader with his entertaining adventures along the way. At times poignant, at others laugh out loud funny, LaRosa's breezy account of his journey had me enthralled all the way to the last page. I read it in one sitting; it was simply too much fun to put down. LaRosa himself is clearly engaging, warm and humorous, which adds immeasurably to the book's charm. My only "complaint" is that I've finished the book when all I want is more. I highly recommend this book and can only hope the author will soon be penning another for his devoted readers (include me in)!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E Steptoe on June 9, 2013
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I grew up in the same neighborhood and went to one of the same schools as the author. He reflects my experience very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Mahon on April 29, 2013
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As another kid from the Bronx that grew up in the 60s and 70s, the city's darkest hours, my reaction to this book is best said by Bob Dylan:''Every one of those words rand true and glowed like burning coals, pouring off of every page, like it was written in my soul." This book rings true. I had forgotten about being hassled with the "got any money? all I find all I keep" in the Bronx of the 1970s. The Daily News was a great NY paper that today is a shadow of its former self. This book takes you inside the Daily News of that era, that is hard to find, other than Pete Hammill's great memoir A Drinking Life. Well done Paul! You have told the tales of a generation that deserves to be told, for those of us that don't have the time or perseverance to put pen to paper to record those times and places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caesar Alarcon on April 11, 2013
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I started this book early during the year and lent to my sister.I got it back and started to read it.
Wow,I love the way Paul writes.
My childhood memories where brought alive by reading this book.
Paul worked the Daily News building and as a child I would go to the Daily News building to look at the globe.
Paul is a honest kid and I admired his truthfulness.
As kids we were all in the same boat.

I delivered newspapers as a kid to make some money and then shine shoes for extra money.
Catholic school was somewhere that I didn't want to attend. I had trouble with the nuns earlier in my life.I was also surprised to see a photo that was taking on June 5 2011 on page 330 of ourselves.
We had a lots of fun in the 60's and 70's. There were the best of times.
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