"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