Memoirs of the Streets
Memoirs of the Streets is based upon Russ Vassallo's recollections of growing up in Newark, New Jersey during the 1950s and 60s. In this collection of short stories, Russ tells of the 'lost' people of his city - those people that no one would remember but their stories should be told.
In Johnny Blood Russ returns to his old neighborhood. While there he sees visions from his past including Marie, his first love, who encourages him to face a troubling memory of abuse.
Ethel is a young girl living in an abusive foster home, trying to protect the younger children there and yet daring to dream of love. (The Outcast Heart)
Jazzo is the young boy with so much potential but he cannot stay on the path that would get him out of the ghetto.
Joe Manz, the product of an abusive home, tried to build a life for himself by joining the Marine Corps but the city called him back to face a compelling destiny. (Sweet Face)
Moffit, an elderly man, and Jimmy, a foster child, are two lost souls in the neighborhood yet their stories are unforgettable. Mr. Moffitt taught the author the true meaning of dignity while Jimmy taught him how to roll with life's punches.
For Eddie is the touching story of an older boy who inspires the younger kids in the neighborhood. The author claims the ghost of Eddie actually wrote the story.