Growing Up Different in New York
Dalton Conley 2000; 207 pp. $12 Vintage Books
Honky is the funny, poignant journey of a white, Jewish boy growing up in a poor black and hispanic housing project on Manhatten's Lower East Side during the 70s and early 80s. If you think you won't be able to relate, think again. As Conley attempts to understand the complexities of his experience, his book is more compelling than one more coming-of-age memoir, and far more personal than a sociological reflection on race, class, and culture. I loved Conley's voice. The story could have easily veered off into nostalgic ooze or taken a more pretentious sociological analysis. Conley stays somewhere in the middle and tells it like he sees it.
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Publication information: Article title: Growing Up Different in New York. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Whole Earth. Publication date: Fall 2002. Page number: 64. © 1999 Point Foundation. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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