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Next stop - growing up wild-style in the Bronx
Ivan Sanchez
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Beyond the safety of New York City's news headlines, Next Stop is a train ride into the heart of the Bronx during the late eighties and early nineties at the height of the crack epidemic, a tumultuous time when hip-hop was born and money-hungry slumlords were burning down apartment buildings with tenants still inside. From one stop to the next, this gritty memoir follows Ivan Sanchez and his crew on their search for identity and an escape from poverty in a stark world where street wars and all-night symphonies of crime and drug-fueled mayhem were as routine as the number 4 train.

In the game, the difference between riches and ruin was either a bullet or a lucky turn away. Almost driven insane by the poverty, despair, and senseless violence, Ivan left it all behind and moved to Virginia, but the grotesque images and voices of the dead continued to haunt him. This book honors the memories of those who died. At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, Next Stop shares with a whole new generation the insights and hard lessons Ivan learned.

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Ivan Sanchez was born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1972. He left the inner city in 1993, and earned an associate's degree in applied science from Virginia's ECPI College of Technology and a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Phoenix. He currently holds a supervisory position with a major manufacturing organization in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and works as a youth advocate and motivational speaker in his spare time.

"It's the raw and brutally honest portrayal of a violent youth who walks through fire in order to find himself." -- Linda Nievez-Powell, author of Free Style

"A harrowing journey told with humor, spirit and wisdom..." -- Henry Chalfant, author of Subway Art/Spraycan Art and the movie StyleWars

"Ivan Sanchez not only encapsulated the essence of the Bronx during that time period, he vivified his characters to the point where you felt like you knew one of the guys from his block. This book is amazing, real and raw!" -- April Lee Hernandez, actress (ER, The View, and Freedom Writers)

"A harrowing journey told with humor, spirit, and wisdom." -- Henry Chalfant, co-author of Subway Art and Spraycan Art and co-director of the movie Style Wars

1st Touchstone trade pbk Edition
Keyword Index
Puerto Ricans - New York (State) - New York - Biography.|Bronx (New York, N.Y.) - Biography.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
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