The Holland Avenue Boys: A Success Story - $9 (Upper West Side)

92nd Street near Columbus Ave.
condition: new
size / dimensions: 8 1/4 x 5 1/4
THE BRONX - "The Holland Avenue Boys: A Success Story". NEW
The Holland Avenue Boys: A Success Story

By Howard E. Fischer
ISBN 1-59744-059-0

· Softcover, 176 pages with illustrations

*** A Teachers-Facilitators Guide, Pointers for Parents, Friendship Poem and the Boys’ Creed are included in the book.

The book is based on the acclaimed film of the same name that has played on over 50 PBS stations around the United States.

The Bronx Times said about the Holland Avenue Boys’ story, " It is a revealing portrait with ups and downs, heartbreak and hardship, camaraderie and conflict, joy and passion, love and reverence for a bygone era and spanning more than (60) years."

This is a different kind of success story.
Success is not always about wealth or fame.
For most, success is achieved through personal growth, satisfying careers, comfortable lifestyles and rewarding relationships.
This is a story for people of all ages -

- to provide something positive and uplifting

- to provide inspiration, not by famous movie, TV or sports stars, but by ordinary people

- to provide examples of the significance in ordinary lives so people can feel better about their own lives

- to provide youngsters with direction, motivation and experiences that illustrate how people order their lives and how parents can have more of an impact on the lives of their children

- to provide an understanding of what values, traits and thought processes are essential to the development of successful lives.

It is hoped that this book will change some habits, nudge people of all ages in the right direction and encourage them to explore ways to make their lives successful.

It is a positive, upbeat, revealing portrait of 11 men from Holland Avenue in the Bronx, New York spanning more than 60 years. An emotional, passionate, psychological portrayal it shows how each of these Boys, from working class backgrounds, has developed with respect to personal growth, careers, lifestyles and relationships while maintaining a camaraderie, brotherhood and intimacy through interaction and support for each other. The story vividly reflects character traits that have contributed to their successes and helped them overcome obstacles. It shows genuine feelings for each other, recounts poignant memories of their early lifestyle, informs as to how their successes have impacted on wives, children, parents and others and tells how they see their futures developing.

The book reveals much about human relationships and also evidences the effect on the Boys' growth of environment, education, recreation, religion, societal and social pressures, family and peers. It captures important aspects of their development, such as competition engendered by street games, reunions, role models and career, personal and educational choices. Readers will be able to gain an insight into urban life of a bygone era in terms of values, support systems, opportunities and obstacles to success. This story also suggests how we can recapture some of these values and resources for current and future generations.

Holland Avenue in the Bronx, New York may have been like thousands of other streets in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. But some of its former residents have forged a rare bond and lived the good life for more than six decades. Their individual successes are not so different from millions of other big city natives. However, how they achieved these successes and the ties that among such a large group have endured and flourished over such a long period of time make this a compelling, revealing and instructive story.

It is a piece of history that reaches across generational lines.

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