- Series: VIA Folios (Book 90)
- Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: Bordighera Press (June 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599540584
- ISBN-13: 978-1599540580
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Waiting For Yesterday: Pages From a Street Kid's Life (VIA Folios)
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About the Author
Michael Parenti is an internationally known award-winning author and lecturer. He is the author of over 23 books, including the memoir WAITING FOR YESTERDAY (Bordighera Press, 2013).
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wonderful memoir which covers his early years. The format is a series of deeply affecting vignettes about street life, school, religion, family, Italian-American ethnic identity and above all, the people Parenti encountered. Along the way we obtain a clear sense of his early experience of class and culture among the working class poor of Italian East Harlem in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Parenti readily acknowledges that these formative experiences did not necessarily register at the forefront of his consciousness and only upon later reflection did they assume a deeper, political meaning. Surely there's an important lesson for us there. For me, one of the all too rare qualities in a memoir is when the reader is moved to muse about his or her own shaping experiences, including reinterpretations that offer a fresh perspective. I found myself engaged in such reflection long after finishing the book and feeling grateful for the prompts.
For all his considerable accomplishments, Parenti wisely observes that "like every other 'self-made' person, I could not have done it had there not been others before me who provided resources and channels that made it all possible." It's my sense that Parenti's unrelenting work on behalf of social justice has been informed, at least in part, by that insight and appreciation. Sharing this memoir is of a piece with that life. I feel limited by only being able to award it five stars and hope a sequel covering the next stage of his life is already underway.
raising. It is always good to get to know the people you admire better.
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