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The Basketball Diaries by  Jim Carroll - First Edition - 1978 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140942202)

The Basketball Diaries

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The Basketball Diaries

by Carroll, Jim

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Bolinas, CA: Tombouctou / A Lamplighter Book, 1978. First Edition. Very Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's wraps with black and white author photo on the front cover taken by Rosemary Klemfuss. Very Good. Spine creasing and light general wear to covers, former owner name and Bolinas address written to a preliminary blank, staining to textblock fore edge, occasionally affecting the interior of pages. The fictionalized memoir of juvenile delinquency and heroin abuse that inspired the 1995 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.


The Basketball Diaries is a 1978 memoir written by author and musician Jim Carroll. It is an edited collection of the diaries he kept between the ages of twelve and sixteen. Set in New York City, they detail his daily life, sexual experiences, high school basketball career, Cold War paranoia, the counter-culture movement, and, especially, his addiction to heroin, which began when he was 13. The book is considered a classic piece of adolescent literature.


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Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
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The Basketball Diaries
Carroll, Jim
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First Edition
Tombouctou / A Lamplighter Book
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Bolinas, CA
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Burnside Rare Books specializes in American and British literature, and rare nonfiction. We are located in downtown Portland, Oregon and open by appointment.


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