Michael J. Agovino reads from <i>The Bookmaker: A Memoir of Money, Luck, and Family from the Utopian Outskirts of New York City</i> (HarperCollins, 2008)

From 14 to 14 of September, 2009
( 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm )

Michael J. Agovino reads from The Bookmaker: A Memoir of Money, Luck, and Family from the Utopian Outskirts of New York City (HarperCollins, 2008)

Michael Agovino grew up in the Bronx’s Co-op City. His Italian-American father, a buttoned-up union man who moonlighted as a bookmaker and gambler, was dogged in his pursuit of the finer things in life. When the point spreads were on his side, he brought his family to places he only dreamed about. With bad luck came spousal arguments, unpaid bills, and eviction notices. The Bookmaker is both a bold, loving portrait of a family and an intimate look into some of the most turbulent decades of New York City. The author transcends the personal to illuminate the ways in which class distinctions shaped America in the last half of the twentieth century.

“Mr. Agovino has crafted a sensitive and engrossing memoir of Italian-American life on the lower rungs of New York’s socioeconomic ladder—and a portrait of how the best intentions in urban planning can go awry. All of the characters in The Bookmaker are extraordinarily vivid, thanks in part to the author’s uncanny ear for the accents and cadences of New Yorkers of every stripe, especially, of course, middle-class Italian Americans.”

The Wall Street Journal

 

Calandra Italian American Institute