The Basketball Diaries

The Basketball Diaries

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The urban classic coming-of-age story about sex, drugs, and basketball.

Jim Carroll grew up to become a renowned poet and punk rocker. But in this memoir of the mid-1960's, set during his coming-of-age from 12 to 15, he was a rebellious teenager making a place and a name for himself on the unforgiving streets of New York City. During these 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, hustling, stealing, getting high, getting hooked, and searching for something pure.

"I met him in 1970, and already he was pretty much universally recognized as the best poet of his generation. . . . The work was sophisticated and elegant. He had beauty." -- Patti Smith


Book details

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • English
  • 0140249990
  • 9780140249996

About Jim Carroll

james dennis "jim" carroll was an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work the basketball Read More about Jim Carroll
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