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 pure.--lastgasp.com

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Great writer, spell binding book. - Goodreads
Jim Carroll was a brillant writer. - 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  - Susan - Goodreads

Probably doesn't hold up over time but this was a crucial part of my adolescence. And Jim Carroll ending up writing a hilarious song called "People who Died." Read full review

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User Review  - Raelene Baget - Goodreads

I loved the downward spike in writing as his addiction heightens. It was like taking a step into murky water. Although the extremes he goes through to get his kick are incredibly haunting, there is ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
25
Section 3
41
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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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