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Row House Days: Tales from a Southwest Philadelphia Childhood [Paperback]

Jack Myers

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18 Mar 2005
Jack Myers' fictionalized memoir explores the dynamics of being raised in a declining Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true life in South West Philly 6 Jun 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
This story is true to life living in South West and West Phila.

It brought back many memories and changing the names did not bother me. I really enjoyed reading about life the way it was back in the 55 to 70 era. Yes this was life in Phila row home.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane 13 Jan 2006
By P. Crossin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book brought back so many happy memories of growing up in Southwest Philly. I could identify with the author on so many things such as spending summers roaming the hills and creeks of Cobbs Creek Park, going sledding in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in the winter trying to hide from "Crazy George" so that he wouldn't chase us away. My friends and I spent countless Saturday afternoons at either the Benn or Benson watching some really bad movies and acting up and getting thrown out by the usher.

I do have to say it was a challenge sometimes trying to figure out what street or neighborhood he was talking about since he changed all the names, but it was fun just the same. I loved this book so much, I bought a copy for my Mom and my sisters.

Thanks, Jack, for a wonderful trip down memory lane.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember Bernie the Bunyip??? 20 Dec 2005
By A. Gross - Published on Amazon.com
An affectionate, fun, nostalgic look back. Love the chapter where they meet Bernie the Bunyip :) And, no, I don't mind that the author changed the street names. (You can figure the real street names out, people.) The author seems like a weird character, though, and it shows in the book, too :) Imagine a psychotic Gene Shepherd "Christmas Story"-type book. (Hope that didn't scare everybody off...) Enjoy, people. :)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Row House Days 11 Aug 2005
By Joanne Navarro - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book very much. It really brought back memories for me growing up in SW Philly too. I laughed a lot, I cried a few times. I couldn't put the book down because every time a story ends, I could not wait until the next one started to see what happens. Trying to figure out some of the correct street names, church and school names, etc. was a challange but fun!

I liked it so much I bought 3 more for my sister and 2 brothers to enjoy too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Row House Days - Why Read It? 12 Aug 2008
By John J. Carey - Published on Amazon.com
I received this book as a gift from my Mother who was born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia as I was and was excited to get started reading about the old neighborhood. Almost immediately, I could not figure out why geograhphic, street, and school names were changed. I found this very annoying although I could figure most of the real names out. I thought the story was a bit over indulgent by the author. He could have spent more time developing the other characters and providing a broader description of the neighborhood. The story did bring back lots of good memories - pimple ball, italian water ice, soft pretzels, lots of fights but it got monotonous after awhile. I read the first half of the book and just skimmed the rest since it lost my interest. I hope someone else will tackle a story about this neighborhood and add more historical perspective rather than a bunch of kid stories.
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