In this collection of short stories, Piri Thomas (author of the bestselling autobiography, Down These Mean Streets) gives readers of all ages a vivid slice of the life in El Barrio—a place where people face their problems with energy, ingenuity and love. He draws vivid stories from his past experiences and makes us feel what it means to be poor and proud and generous; to be streetwise and full of bravado but frightened, too; to struggle to go straight; to be ashamed of being ashamed; to dream. Speaking in the voice of the streets and from his heart, Piri captures the spirit, the laughter and the hope of his people.“Stories From El Barrio is a crystal clear reflection of the general facet of Piri Thomas’s literary power. It is tender, powerfully compassionate, humanely provocative.”
Claude Brown, author of Manchild in the Promised Land“Piri has kept the secret of our survival close to his heart all these years, and now he gives it back Poor we were, but deprived? you’ve got to be kidding. Ask Piri.”
Ossie Davis, playwright, actor, activist“Piri has written a book we can all share. The power, tenderness, toughness and the caring are all there ”
Nikki Giovanni, author of Racism 101.