Booktitle: The Air Down Here
Subtitle: True Tales from a South Bronx Boyhood
Author: Gil C. Alicea, Carmine DeSena
Dimensions: 18 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm/ 7.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inch.
Conditions: Cover: 9.5/10 Inside: 10/10
Good news from the inner city is rare. But now comes the irrepressible voice of Gil C. Alicea, called “Air” by his friends, whose spirit and smart shine 115 short essays about life. With the help of a friend, writer Carmine DeSena, sixteen-year-old Gil addresses many of the issues that he confronts in New York’s South Bronx: drugs, violence, gangs, the police, and the misperceptions of the media. At the same time, he vividly illumunates the teenage concerns of sex, music, parents, school, and what clothes to wear. Meanwhile, Gil himself goes through some personally trying times, yet still manages to keep his thoughts not just on surviving, but on success. Gil’s positive outlook, unique humor, and genuine warmth bring his hopeful message to many who need to hear it. With his hip-hop sensibility and truly charming style “Air” Alicea will change your mind about the future of urban America.