This book cover image released by Barricade Books shows "My Old Neighborhood Remembered," by Avery Corman. (AP Photo/Barricade Books)
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That's the recollection of Avery Corman, who grew up in the Bronx during the 1940s and '50s and went on to write novels that became the basis for the hit movies "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Oh God!" In a later novel, "The Old Neighborhood," the hard-driving protagonist reconnects with his childhood neighborhood in the Bronx, rediscovers his roots and finds inner peace and contentment.Now Corman has returned to that same nostalgia-laden turf, this time with a charming and lyrical memoir, "My Old Neighborhood Remembered," about his Bronx boyhood in a nontraditional working-class household with a divorced mother, an older sister, and an aunt and uncle, both of them deaf mutes.With few organized activities and no hovering parents to schedule them, kids took to the streets to create their own fun. It was the start of the "Mad Men" era and agencies tended to exclude Jews, other "ethnics" and applicants with degrees from non-Ivy League colleges.People tend to romanticize their childhood, but the post-World War II Bronx was a time and place that conveyed a sense of community and vitality to those who grew up there.
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