The Basketball Diaries

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Penguin Books, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 210 pages
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Today, Jim Carroll is a highly renowned poet and rock musician. But in the mid-1960s, during his coming-of-age from twelve to fifteen, he was a rebellious teenager making a place and a name for himself on the unforgiving streets of New York City. During those years, he chronicled his experiences, and the result is a diary of unparalleled candor that conveys his alternately hilarious and terrifying teenage existence. Here is Carroll prowling New York City--playing basketball, getting high, getting hooked, and searching for something

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Jim Carroll was a brillant writer. - Goodreads
Secondly, the pacing of the entries is uneven. - Goodreads
His diary writing really does shine. - Goodreads
This was his best writing as far as I'm concerned. - Goodreads
Not much of a plot, drugs, sex repeat and rinse. - Goodreads
No real insights, just anecdotes. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

The book where I felt transported to a place so different than the world I knew. Still one of my favorite books. And now for some riffage at TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog - http:// Read full review

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User Review  - Harry Ruff - Goodreads

On page 224, Jim Carroll can't get enough of drugs and can't stay out of trouble. He just can't make the right choices. He got kicked out of school and got cut by his basketball team. His life just ... Read full review


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About the author (1987)

Jim Carroll's bestselling memoir The Basketball Diaries was first released in 1978 and adapted as a film in 1995. Carroll's work includes several collections of poetry as well as a asecond memoir, Forces Entries: The Downtown Diaries 1971-1973. As the leader of The Jim Carroll Band he released three albums as well as several spoken word recordings. He died in New York City on September 11, 2009.

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