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The Christmas Kid: And Other Brooklyn Stories by [Hamill, Pete]
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Good ol’ Pete Hamill is a seasoned journalist who can be counted on to write fiction with heart and old-fashioned, human charm. No cutting-edge technique here, no dystopian vision of city life (Hamill is a born and bred Brooklynite), but he certainly doesn’t serve up pabulum to his eager readers. Hamill knows the toughness of city streets but also the warmth and richness to be found in the lives of the denizens of those streets. His latest book is a collection of short stories, most of them originally published in the New York Daily News. With their universality of theme and directness of style, they speak to all readers. For instance, The Christmas Kid, the longest story in the collection, is a poignant but never schmaltzy tale about Brooklyn immediately after WWII, when a Jewish boy from Europe is plunged into the neighborhood and is taught the ropes only to be taken away from this safe haven. His story is the story of the power of community. --Brad Hooper

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PRAISE FOR PETE HAMILL:

"Few people have written quite so beautifully about New York as Hamill has in recent years."―Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times

"With his reporter's eye for detail and a tough-but-tender lyricism, the Brooklyn-bred Hamill brings modern-day New York to life by illuminating its colorful past."―Scott Stephens, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Hamill sees a world almost gone by. Those who would dismiss that world as nostalgia might consider what in today's NewYork will they have to lovingly evoke years from now."―Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News

"New York City is the lead actor in the best of Hamill's writing...and it steals the show."―Julie Wittes Schlack, Boston Globe

"Hamill tells a good yarn and has a knack for drawing empathetic portraits of rogues and rule benders....Even a bicycle ride to the store to pick up the Daily News is a good read in Hamill's hands."―Michael Hill, San Francisco Chronicle

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  • File Size: 1559 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GYLS8U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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