Forty-seven funny and poignant stories of growing up Italian in the Bronx in the ’50s and ’60s. The Bronx Kid, Daniel DeNapoli, reminisces about a more innocent time when getting in trouble meant slapping a policeman with a fish, blinding cop cars that are chasing you with a “sun ray laser,” or stealing a bike from a junkyard to give to your disadvantaged friend. The stories are told in the author’s voice. You can hear the 10-year-old Bronx kid’s wonder at the amazing world around him as he learns street smarts the hard way. This is a delightful book that will bring back memories to anyone who grew up watching Father Knows Best and ran through the woods with a pointed stick pretending to be in the Amazon jungle.
ISBN 978-1-938985-89-8 • 6 x 9 paperback • 238 pgs • $14.95
About the Author
Daniel J. DeNapoli After attending the School for Visual Arts, Daniel worked at many top New York City advertising agencies as a Writer/Art Director. He has written several original screenplays, including The Divine, Payback and Third Eye. Daniel has also worked on the client side for Clairol Inc.; Shiseido Intl. and HBO/NYC. Today, Daniel lives close to his Bronx roots in New Rochelle, New York.
“If Huckleberry Finn had been born south of Gun Hill Road in the ’60s, this is the book he’d have written. Street-smart and cinematic, vivid and funny, this is the real deal from the mean (and not-so-mean) streets, seen through the eyes of a true Bronx Kid.”—Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art and Gates of Fire
“If Yankee Stadium is all you know about the Bronx, this is the book for you. The author captures the Bronx life of kids that was magical, innocent and the good life.”—Neil Brownlee, Creative Director, Avalanche Advertising International
“A funny, often poignant look at growing up. And it doesn’t matter where you grew up, it’ll make you wistful for those wondrous days when everything was new and exciting.”—Gary Weintraub, bestselling author of The Visitor, Second Best, and Takin’ Crap
“You can take the kid out of the Bronx, but you can’t take the Bronx out of the kid! DeNapoli has painted a vivid and touching picture of an all-American childhood in this quintessential all-American borough. If you didn’t grow up in a crazy, loving, loud Italian-American family, you can experience it here in the pages of this wonderful book. Grazie!”—Mark Cerulli, Writer & Documentary Producer / Director
“Real stories from the real Bronx by a real Bronx kid written in real Bronx prose. The stories and the language are haunting and authentic, not prettied-up by some ivory-towered editor who wouldn’t know Fordham Road from Rodeo Drive.”—Billy Philbrick, Musician / N.Y.C. Artist
” Took me back to a magical, innocent time. It showed me that a young kid could be absolutely free, and live his life as a true free spirit! So many great true stories for kids and Baby Boomers.”—Hanshi Tommy May, World Karate Master
“. . . rekindled many memories for me of my childhood experiences in the Bronx. Many of the characters were familiar to me!” —Robert Pelletiere
“What a great book! It was so hard to put it down. It made me laugh, cry and thankful I am from the Bronx!—Patricia Mejias
“It’ll take you back to your own childhood. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad—poignant tales about growing up.”—Amazon Reviewer