Hard Cover. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1st Ed. so stated, 1st Printing, number row ending in 1, HB/DJ, new, 239 pp. Demco mylar cover put on DJ. Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut. 18 short stories. Author's 1st book, named a Notable Book of the Year by the NY Times. Among the many accomplishments of this book is that Stringer is able to convey something of the vitality and complexity of a down-and-out life. A small first printing (reportedly 4,000 copies). Bookseller Inventory # 8935
Synopsis: Whether Lee Stringer is describing "God's corner" as he calls 42nd Street, or his friend Suzy, a hooker and "past due tourist" whose infant child he sometimes babysits, whether he is recounting his experiences at Street News, where he began hawking the newspaper for a living wage, then wrote articles, and served for a time as muckraking senior editor, whether it is his adventures in New York's infamous Tombs jail, or performing community service, or sleeping in the tunnels below Grand Central Station by night and collecting cans by day, this is a book rich with small acts of kindness, humor and even heroism alongside the expected violence and desperation of life on the street. There is always room, Stringer writes, "amid the costume" jewel glitter...for one more diamond in the rough."
Two events rise over Grand Central Winter like sentinels: Stringer's discovery of crack cocaine and his catching the writing bug. Between these two very different yet oddly similar activities, Lee's life unwound itself, during the 1980s, and took the shape of an odyssey, an epic struggle to find meaning and happiness in arid times. He eventually beat the first addiction with help from a treatment program. The second addiction, writing, has hold of him still.
Among the many accomplishments of this book is that Stringer is able to convey something of the vitality and complexity of a down—and—out life. The reader walks away from it humming its melody, one that is more wise than despairing, less about the shame we feel when confronted with a picture of those less fortunate, and more about the joy we feel when we experience our shared humanity.
Review: Curled deep in his burrow in a Grand Central Station crawlspace, Lee Stringer--ragged, homeless, addicted to crack--is digging around for something he can use to clean his crack pipe. Finally his fingers latch around "some sort of smooth straight stick": a pencil. In the days that follow, he carries it with him wherever he goes. "So I have this pencil with me all the time and then one day I'm sitting there in my hole with nothing to smoke and nothing to do and I pull the pencil out just to look at the film of residue stuck to the sides--you do that sort of thing when you don't have any shit--and it dawns on me that it's a pencil. I mean it's got a lead in it and all, and you can write with the thing." And so that's what he does. "Pretty soon I forget all about hustling and getting a hit. I'm scribbling like a maniac; heart pumping, adrenaline rushing, hands trembling. I'm so excited I almost crap on myself. It's just like taking a hit."
Grand Central Winter is the tale of Stringer's twin addictions--writing and crack--and the lengths he went to in order to satisfy each. But Stringer dwells on neither his descent into hell nor the long journey back. Instead, he paints a nuanced portrait of street life itself, its pleasures as well as its terrors. Hustlers, hookers, dealers, and addicts come to life in a series of vignettes that are tough, unsentimental, but compassionate to the core. There's honest rage to be found in Grand Central Winter, but precious little political posturing. "Policy is never the real issue," he writes in "Dear Homey," his advice column for New York's homeless paper, Street News. "The real issue is the hearts of men."
Title: Grand Central Winter : Stories from the ...
Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A.: Seven Stories Press, 1998
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Edition: First Edition
Book Description Seven Stories, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition... Seven Stories (New York), 1998. First edition, fourth printing. Hardbound. New/New. A perfect unread copy. SALE. Bookseller Inventory # 2369
Book Description Seven Stories Press, U.S.A., 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 004177
Book Description Seven Stories Press, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Acceptable. Seven Stories Press 1st ed. Hardback with dust jacket in good condition, but has been opened too wide, and is separating from the seam. Small amount of underlining. Bookseller Inventory # APR2717A0160311
Book Description Seven Stories Press, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition; Fourth Printing. Faint rubbing to dustjacket; Foreward by Kurt Vonnegut, Stories from the streets of New York. ; 8.40 X 5.90 X 1.20 inches; 240 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 6763
Book Description Seven Stories Press, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: fine. First Edition. First edition. Fine copy in fine dust jacket. Though not marked, from the collection of Mel Waggoner, host of the public radio program "Profiles" which interviewed authors. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000092392
Book Description Seven Stories Press,U.S., New York, NY, 1998. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 4th Printing. For Lisa Stiefkon, thanks for coming 11/04/01 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed & Inscribed By Author. Bookseller Inventory # 011290
Book Description New York, New York, U.S.A.: Seven Stories Pr, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 239 page hardcover publication SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Near fine condition in near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 11109kr20
Book Description New York: Seven Stories Press, 1998, 1998. Hard Cover. As New/As New. First Editon, Second Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. ISBN:1-888363-57-6. Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut. 239 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 001932
Book Description Seven Stories Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1998. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. VG+/VG+, hc, 1st ed, light rubbing and edgewear, 239pp. Bookseller Inventory # 060914-B48
Book Description Seven Stories Press, New York, 1998. H Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Edition, Second Printing. New York: Seven Stories Press. 1998. First Edition, Second Printing. H Hardcover. Near Fine. Slight rubbing to jacket; else a near fine copy as issued. 239 pages. Author's first book; reportage of 18 case studies of New York City's homeless population. Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut; author's preface and acknowledgments. Bookseller Inventory # L033997