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Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas

Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age in the streets of Spanish Harlem. Here was the testament of a born outsider: a Puerto Rican in English-speaking Americ...
 
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S.R.O. by Robert Deane Pharr

his powerful and heavily autobiographical novel chronicles the disconcerting initiation of a college-educated waiter and writer Sid Bailey into the teeming life of Logan, a Harlem welfare hotel. Bailey gradually sheds his strai...
 
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The Book of Numbers by Robert Deane Pharr

In the hardboiled tradition of Chester Himes and Walter Mosley, Robert Deane Pharr’s novel tells the tale of two black men, Dave and Blueboy, traveling waiters who establish themselves as numbers runners in a fictionalized Rich...
 

 
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“Old School” October: The Pioneers of Urban Fiction and Street Lit

A few weeks ago, I decided I was going to devote all of October to reading the Godfathers (or Grandfathers) of Street Fiction. Authors like Donald Goines, Iceberg Slim, and Chester Himes. Street fiction might not exist if these...
 
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CAST THE FIRST STONE by Chester Himes

James Monroe was young and educated. He stood before the judge and tried to look humble and heard himself sentenced to twenty years in prison…. Here is Chester Himes’s great novel of prison life. It is a story both of brutal de...

 
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COTTON COMES TO HARLEM by Chester Himes

Black flim-flam man Deke O’Hara is no sooner out of Atlanta’s state penitentiary than he’s back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa movement he’s counting on the big Harlem rally to p...
 
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RUN MAN RUN by Chester Himes

The author of Cotton Comes to Harlem offers here his most dramatic and thrilling novel. A white undercover cop vents his rage and starts a cycle of violence from which there is no escape. Walker, one of New York’s embittered po...
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The Crazy Kill by Chester Himes

Outside the apartment where a wake is going on, the manager of the A & P across the street is robbed. Reverend Short, a storefront preacher addicted to opium and brandy, is watching from a bedroom window in the flat. He lea...
 
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BLACK PEARL by Alvin Vincent Grimes

He stared at his hands, hands which had spilled so much blood and rubbed them together in a washing motion. Snake, intuitive as ever, placed a friendly hand on his shoulder and said, “The only thing that will make that damned s...
 
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CORNER BOY by Herbert Simmons

Corner Boy is a powerful work of social realism that won the prestigious Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship in 1957. Jake Adams, at 18 years of age, strides the mean streets of his world like a conqueror. He has custom-made s...