Alice Street: A Memoir

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 119 pages
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Alice Street recounts how Valeriote was born at the sunset of good times and the dawn of hard ones. His mother’s fifteenth child, he grew up in an Italian Catholic family on a street full of proud families with a multitude of languages and backgrounds. From being packed into the local church, to working and borrowing his way through medical school at McGill while surviving several severe illnesses, to his very successful career as a doctor in California, his story is entwined with those of everyone from foundry workers to foreign ambassadors. A warm and informative look at the challenging journey made by so many, Alice Street is a testament to the strength and character needed to make it through tumultuous times.

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Great book! He's a member of my family. It was great learning about what it was like for the Valeriotes back then and learning a bit of family history!

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I find that this is more of a biography than about Alice Street. I grew up on Alice Street and there was a wonderful sense of family along the street. There were also many incidents that would were not mentioned in this book.
I felt more could have been said about what actually took place. If I was a writer I would take on the task, but I feel that another one of the older boys, older than Richard, might like to write about it.
My dad was one of the four grocery store owners and we saw a lot of activity while growing up on Alice St.

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About the author (2010)

Richard Valeriote is a retired medical doctor and was formerly a bank board chairman and regent of Santa Clara University.