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by Dennis Smith

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Dennis Smith
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd; Reprint edition (October 27, 1999)
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Warner Books, In. Hachette Book Group, 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017. Visit our Web site at ww. achetteBookGroup. Bravos and Applause for a Song for Mary. Also by Dennis Smith.

Warner Books, In. A Time Warner Company. ISBN: 978-0-446-93035-2. The Warner Books name and logo are trademarks of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Cover design and illustration by Honi Werner.

Dennis Smith first ignited critical praise with Report from Engine Co. 82, a book drawn from his experiences as a New York City fireman. This item: A Song for Mary: An Irish-American Memory. Now Smith returns with a new, passionately acclaimed memoir: a boisterous, poignant, often hilarious look at growing up Irish, Catholic, and poor on the sidewalks of New York. Here - even as he dodges the slaps of merciless nuns and learns how to wallop a punching bag - he is haunted by the specter of his mysteriously absent father.

A Song for Mary book. Dennis Smith takes the reader on a journey to his youth as a tenement kid in the East 40's and the East River where he competes with his older brother for attention. His family is dirt poor and only held together by the mother, Mary, who is determined to see her two sons A nostalgic and moving memoir of growing up as an Irish American in the tradition of Angela's Ashes.

It is a hot night, and I have a wet rag around my neck, and I’m trying to sleep on the floor

It is a hot night, and I have a wet rag around my neck, and I’m trying to sleep on the floor. Anything to cool off. My mother is asleep, and probably dreaming about how mad at me she is, because she. found a couple of the tiniest pieces of tobacco in my shirt pocket. She treats me like I’m in the third grade. And she never would have found it if she didn’t have to iron my polo shirts all the time. I’m the only guy on the street who has ironed polo shirts

Reading 'A Song for Mary' by Dennis Smith.

Reading 'A Song for Mary' by Dennis Smith.

Dennis Smith's "A Song for Mary" is a powerful, emotionally . This book by Dennis Smith is a fine prequel to his Engine Co. 82. In 82 we saw a young man dealing with the job he has chosen for himself, and a difficult job that was. In Song for Mary we see the boy who became that man.

Dennis Smith's "A Song for Mary" is a powerful, emotionally gripping memoir that is one of the finest published in recent years. Along with Pete Hamill's "A Drinking Life", and Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes", it belongs in the first rank of great memoirs written by Irish-American authors. Speaking of Hamill, it is a Manhattan version of "A Drinking Life", replete with the chaos and woe associated with growing up poor and Irish in New York City.

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By (author) Dennis Smith. His family is dirt poor and only held together by the mother, Mary, who is determined to see her two sons tread the path to success. their father is absent in an accident and he must stay in hospital. Denis finds this puzzling but doesn't question his mother.

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a portrait of tragedy, survival, and healing from the author of The New York Times bestseller Report from Ground Zero. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, an occasion that is sure to be observed around the world. Dennis Smith, a former firefighter and the author of the bestselling Report from Ground Zero, addresses this important topic in a series of interviews with the heroes and families of those most affected by the tragedy either through feats of bravery in the rescue efforts or heroic bearing up in the face of unimaginable loss.

Growing up on the streets of New York in the 1940s and 50s, the author of this autobiography was poor and fatherless. Just as he was about to spin out of control he discovered the truth behind his father's absence, and consequently began a process of personal healing and spiritual renewal.
  • Mr.Bean
This wonderful book by New York firefighter Dennis Smith tells the story of growing up in New York City during the forties and fifties in the rough-and-tumble world of the East Side. It is a tribute to his mother, whose strength of character kept a boy determined to go wrong ultimately on the right path.
  • Cogelv
Having been raised Catholic and having gone to parochial grade school and high school, there was so much I could relate to in Dennis' story. I had a lot of the same type of nuns in the grades, and for most the discipline was tough. I also spent a few days standing in the corner facing the wall. My family is Sicilian. My grandparents immigrated around 1914. Though my grandpa on my father's side raised eleven children on a market produce stand, my own immediate family wasn't quite so poor. We started out in a government housing project, but ended up in a modest home, which I have no idea how my parents could purchase.
Anyway, I'm rambling. This story is so genuine, so honest and full of life lessons that it is hard to stop reading.
  • Lbe
The story line in this book was very interesting, and kept me reading. I wanted to see what happened in this young person's life, growing up in New York city. The only problem for me was a bit too much preaching in parts of the book. It was interesting, how the two brothers led such different lives, although being raised identically, by the same mother.
  • Rocksmith
Short clips of a young Irish boy growing up in New York. Amazing how these kids survived running around the streets like that. Written very well. I would live to meet Mary.
  • Qulcelat
The book was easy to read and enjoyable. Interesting to read about another persons childhood and compare it with your own youth.
  • Tam
Great story of Irish immigrants in America. Wonderful depiction of a strong Irish Catholic mother with strong convictions and a stronger love! Beautiful story!
  • Biaemi
This was a really good coming of age in a bygone era. The main character narrowly missed ruining his life many times but it all works out in the end.
A touching and insightful account which will appeal to Irish-Americans and New Yorkers alike.