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The Basketball Diaries: The Classic About Growing Up Hip on New York's Mean Streets Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140100181
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Books - July 7th, 1987

The Basketball Diaries is an edited collection of the diaries Jim Carroll kept between the ages of 12 and 16 growing up on the streets of New York City in the 1960s. Carroll's first and best-known book is a classic of adolescent literature filled with mature content not fit for most adolescents. Both hilarious and tragic, we get to witness firsthand Carroll's basketball playing days, his childhood friendships, his urban misadventures, and his slide into heroin addiction, crime, and prostitution. The diaries foreshadow the highs and lows that would follow Jim Carroll throughout his life as a successful musician and poet.