The Soul of Central New York

Author: Sean Kirst
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815653808
Format: PDF, ePub
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A group of strangers risk death along the New York State Thruway to save a soldier from a burning truck. The true story, as told by football legend Jim Brown, of how the number 44 rose to prominence at Syracuse University. The beautiful yet tragic connection between Vice President Joseph Biden and Syracuse. The impossible account of how Eric Carle, one of the world’s great children’s authors, found his way to a childhood friend through a photograph taken in Syracuse more than eighty years ago. All these tales can be found in The Soul of Central New York, a collection of columns by Sean Kirst that spans almost a quarter-century. During his long career as a writer for the Syracuse Post-Standard, Kirst won some of the most prestigious honors in journalism, including the Ernie Pyle Award, given annually to one American writer who best captures the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. For Kirst, his canvas is Syracuse, an upstate city of staggering beauty and profound struggle. In this book, readers will find a nuanced explanation of how Syracuse is intertwined with the spiritual roots of the Six Nations, as well as a soliloquy from a grieving father whose son was lost to violence on the streets. In these emotional contradictions—in the resilience, love, and heart-break of its people—Kirst offers a vivid portrait of his city and, in the end, gives readers hope.

The Soul of Central New York

Author: Sean Kirst
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780815610830
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A group of strangers risk death along the New York State Thruway to save a soldier from a burning truck. The true story, as told by football legend Jim Brown, of how the number 44 rose to prominence at Syracuse University. The beautiful yet tragic connection between Vice President Joseph Biden and Syracuse. The impossible account of how Eric Carle, one of the world's great children's authors, found his way to a childhood friend through a photograph taken in Syracuse more than eighty years ago. All these tales can be found in The Soul of Central New York, a collection of columns by Sean Kirst that spans almost a quarter-century. During his long career as a writer for the Syracuse Post-Standard, Kirst won some of the most prestigious honors in journalism, including the Ernie Pyle Award, given annually to one American writer who best captures the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. For Kirst, his canvas is Syracuse, an upstate city of staggering beauty and profound struggle. In this book, readers will find a nuanced explanation of how Syracuse is intertwined with the spiritual roots of the Six Nations, as well as a soliloquy from a grieving father whose son was lost to violence on the streets. In these emotional contradictions-in the resilience, love, and heart-break of its people-Kirst offers a vivid portrait of his city and, in the end, gives readers hope.

The Ashes of Lou Gehrig and Other Baseball Essays

Author: Sean Peter Kirst
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786483792
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"Kirst's essays are put together from dozens of personal interviews with baseball characters. They contain new information about the father of baseball card collecting, about a bat company whose accomplishments were lost in baseball lore, and about the murder trial of the first African American to play in the Major Leagues."--BOOK JACKET.

Syracuse

Author: Dennis J. Connors
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738537436
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As we approach the twenty-first century, many people are seeking to connect with their community's roots in order to better understand their own past and to make thoughtful choices about the future. With Syracuse, readers can explore the architecture, lifestyles, landscapes, and transportation modes of this city from before the Civil War to the mid-1970s. Within these pages, readers come face-to-face with the nineteenth-century citizens who shaped the city; Syracuse University football and lacrosse legends; and individuals like Colonel Homer Wheaton, who became the first soldier from Syracuse to be struck down in World War I, sacrificing his life to save comrades from an exploding grenade. Other intriguing discoveries include a series of views showcasing the lost mansions of James Street, images of the main line New York Central Railroad tracks that ran though the middle of downtown for one hundred years, and scenes of the former salt manufacturing industry which once defined Syracuse as it is still known today-"The Salt City."

Moonfixer

Author: Earl Lloyd
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815650787
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In 1950, future Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd became the first African American to play in a National Basketball Association game. A warm and gracious man, widely loved and respected, Lloyd has lived what he describes as an "incredible journey" and has spent eighty years gathering passionate lessons from that experience. He was born in Virginia, a state he describes as "the cradle of segregation," only sixty-two years after the end of the Civil War. Nicknamed "Moonfixer" in college, Lloyd led West Virginia State to two CIAA Conference and Tournament Championships and was named All-American twice. One of three African Americans to enter the NBA at that time, Lloyd played seven games for the Washington Capitals before the team folded. He joined the Syracuse Nationals for six seasons and later played for the Detroit Pistons before he retired in 1961. Throughout his career, he quietly endured the overwhelming slights and exclusions that went with being black in America. Yet he has also lived to see basketball-a demonstration of art, power, and pride-become the black national pastime and to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama. In a series of extraordinary conversations with Sean Kirst, Lloyd reveals his fierce determination to succeed, his frustration with the plight of many young black men, and his sincere desire for the nation to achieve true equality among its citizens.

Shitfaced

Author: Seamus Kirst
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692822814
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In Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk, Seamus Kirst explores the milestones of self-destruction that marked his coming of age. At 13, he went to the ER for swallowing a bottle of pills. By 16, he was already a veteran of several in- and out-patient rehab programs for alcohol. As he walked across the stage at his high school graduation - just after delivering his valedictorian address - he had already been hospitalized three times for alcohol poisoning. The situation only accelerated at Brown University, where he abused a plethora of drugs, from Xanax to cocaine, while his alcohol abuse intensified. Most terrifying was his attitude toward his own dissolution, his rationalization of behaviors that brought him ever closer to death. In that sense, Shitfaced, is not just a memoir, but a dehortation for those who find themselves in the same place; Kirst goes back to find a self that he barely survived.

Kenwick Drive

Author: Lou Visconti
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780997624502
Format: PDF
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Lyncourt in the 1960s was a haven for Italian families growing up in Syracuse, New York. Lugi Visconti, third kid in the family, moves to Kenwick Drive just in time for Kindergarten at Assumption Catholic. Gramma is distraught over his family moving out her upstairs apartment and relocating all of 2 miles away from the north side of Syracuse. Lugi meets friendly Germans in a mostly Italian neighborhood and makes lots of new friends on Kenwick Drive. He becomes a junior scientist in "The Science Club" and learns to capture bugs and nail them to ceiling tiles, or feed them to spiders or lizards. The club's first carnival is a huge success until an irate parent demands a refund for 500 pollywogs.His Italian Gramma teaches Lugi that food is the solution to all of life's problems so it's a dilemma whenever he doesn't eat enough. They butt heads over his refusal to let her walk him home from school - big boys in Kindergarten don't need help from their Gramma, it's embarrassing.Dad's most happy while attending clambakes, although he thoroughly suffers the side effects. An ancient backyard neighbor shares Dad's taste for drink, mistakenly thinks him the father of every child in sight, and offers advice to limit the population growth. Along with his brother, Lugi enjoys the thrill of pulling pranks on Dad while he's asleep.Mom runs the household, answers the endless doorbell ringing, and dispenses judgment on all breathing creatures. Being Italian helps, but doesn't guarantee her approval. Older siblings happily demonstrate the meaning of might means right, and delight in providing Lugi with remedial lessons. Laugh along and learn ingenious (or at least original) ways how to avoid bullies, safely navigate hostile Nuns, contact the spirit world, talk with tipsy neighbors, and explain the need for a yardstick in the bathroom.

Utica Beer

Author: Daniel Shumway
Publisher: History Press
ISBN: 9781626193383
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Explore the hoppy history of Utica beer and the New York State breweries that helped bring back the craft beer craze.Â

The Pompey Hollow Book Club

Author: Jerome Mark Antil
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780984718740
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Life growing up in the shadows of WWII. Kids born in the '40s grew up fast. They had to. By the time they were five more than seventy million people were killed in the largest world war in the history of man.

The Misfit Miracle Girl

Author: Kate Mahoney
Publisher: Divine Phoenix
ISBN: 9781941859582
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Kate D. Mahoney is a miracle and she wants you to know you are too, even if that's not what you'd call it. The Misfit Miracle Girl is an inspirational, humorous and inviting collection of essays. Join Kate on a transformational journey as she shares "What you think, feel and who you are always matters. You always have a voice."