My memoir "Leaving Story Avenue: My journey from the projects to the front page" has been receiving great reader reviews since its release and a terrific read, according to many of the online reviewers.
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.