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Michael Parenti presents “Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life”
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join author Michael Parenti for a reading and signing of “Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life,” his wonderfully written new book, a witty and deeply affecting memoir combining the personal and political adventures of growing up in Italian Harlem.
Wednesday, October 2: 7 PM
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th St (at Alabama)
Michael Parenti is an internationally known award-winning author and lecturer. He is one of the nation’s leading progressive political analysts. His highly informative and entertaining books and talks have reached a wide range of audiences in North America and abroad.
About “Waiting for Yesterday”
On these pages, fans of Michael Parenti’s insightful political and historical writings are given a revealing picture of his early years as a youth in New York’s East Harlem, along with some of the influences that helped shape his lifelong commitment to activism and social justice. Written with style and dash, Waiting for Yesterday is devilishly enjoyable and sometimes very touching. It provides delightful vignettes about growing up in a three-generation, working-class, Italian family, along with the amusing predicaments of a street kid’s life. The book offers a cast of diverse and colorful characters, brought to life on the gritty streets where Parenti played as a boy, set against a backdrop of impoverished tenements, stoops, punitive classrooms, and a neighborhood church with its ornate celestial offerings. This book is graced with both vivid imagery and sharp political observation. Parenti challenges many of the stereotypes faced by Italian Americans and other ethnic groups. Here is a story that is both personal and broad-ranging, often sweet and occasionally bitter, the human comedy at its best.
What others are saying about Waiting for Yesterday:
“Michael Parenti’s poignant and wonderfully written memoir proves that nostalgia—in the right hands such as his–can be a liberating force.”—Stanislao Pugliese, Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian-American Studies
“I loved Parenti’s Waiting for Yesterday! It was like watching a great movie. Everyone should read this poignant and funny memoir. It’s about all of us.”—Robert Zagone, Film Maker
“Parenti masterfully tells his story of growing up in Italian Harlem with wit, rich detail, and lucid literary style.”—Jennifer Brouse, Artist and Illustrator
“This book is a remarkable combination of the personal and political, a brave, honest memoir and a provocative social analysis presented in a captivating way.”—Milina Jovanovic, Ethnic Studies Scholar