Mariposa Gang and Other Stories by Catherine Torres
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May 08, Johnplavelle rated it it was amazing. I was four years behind these two in grammar school.
I know many of the names that are used in describing this old neighborhood. I found myself smiling and laughing at a number of incidents that brought back found memories of growing up in the same community. Many things have changed over the years, but many are still the same. May 10, Pat Knize rated it really liked it.
Really enjoyed reading about places and families from my childhood. Ordered one for my Mom as well. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About James T. James T. Books by James T. It is a compelling read about a fascinating bunch of hoodlums. May 31, Shawn rated it liked it.
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This book was a very informative book to read about a group rarely covered in any documentaries, and overshadowed by New York or Chicago Criminal enterprises. Growing up in the Kensington area of Philadelphia myself, the men spoken of in this book are held as legend, although sadly, spoken of and copied. As the area gets worse and more violent, the criminals from the era in this book are almost missed because of the rules they had. The book is good at conveying this, but is incredibly informativ This book was a very informative book to read about a group rarely covered in any documentaries, and overshadowed by New York or Chicago Criminal enterprises.
The book is good at conveying this, but is incredibly informative, and a bit hard to follow from how it bounces through era's. All and all I suggest reading it because it sheds light on a wave of crime not very often covered, yet massive in scale. Dec 20, Victoria rated it liked it. The first half of this book had me almost rooting for the bad guys, seeing how difficult it was to make an honest living at the time in the cities, but not quite.
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It really was interesting to see the attention to detail and well thought out plans these men would come up with, had it only been directed toward positive goals The middle section began to repeat the same details that we had already been told. Overall, I enjoyed discovering the exploits of this group of misfits but was satisfied to f The first half of this book had me almost rooting for the bad guys, seeing how difficult it was to make an honest living at the time in the cities, but not quite. Overall, I enjoyed discovering the exploits of this group of misfits but was satisfied to find out that the majority of them did end up having to pay at least something for their misdeeds!
May 12, Chris rated it liked it. Pretty entertaining read - redundant at times throughout, which made it confusing. You'd probably like if you have some interest in Philadelphia, Irish-American culture, or true crime stories - better if all 3. Jan 07, Double C rated it really liked it. Consider this rating for what it is: a ROAR out loud book about as colorful a bunch of characters as one might ever encounter, in fiction, real life, or non fiction. This has quickly become a favorite.
Jan 31, Matthew Frerichs rated it liked it. The beginning and the ending chapters were good but the middle chapters seemed kind of reluctant. Overall the characters depicted here were interesting enough to keep me interested.
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Apr 18, Nicole rated it it was ok. Some parts were more interesting then others. A few chapters were super boring and dry to me. Nancy Mazzeo rated it it was amazing Jan 31, Donna Painter rated it liked it Sep 20, Kira rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Frank rated it really liked it Jul 07, Tom rated it really liked it Oct 28, Jeremy rated it it was ok Apr 28, Lisa Mcdonald rated it it was amazing Nov 26, Jeff rated it liked it Dec 15, Tess rated it liked it Oct 10, Garwood rated it liked it Apr 02, Evelyn Bechtel rated it it was amazing Dec 14, Joe rated it really liked it Aug 27, Matt rated it liked it Jan 25, Jose rated it liked it Dec 08, Jennifer rated it it was ok Jan 18, Michelle rated it really liked it Aug 24, Maura rated it liked it Nov 04, Dominique Carulli rated it it was amazing May 22, Nov 11, Jimmywheels rated it really liked it.
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