“We are pleased to announce that Yorkville Twins was a FINALIIST in the prestigious 23rd annual Midwest Book Awards (finishing 2nd in the Social Science category, with over 300 books competing from 12 states).”
Invesitigate the historical, social, and cultural conditions of the 1940s-60s, and have fun doing it.
“Yorkville Twins: Hilarious Adventures Growing Up In New York City, 1944-1962″ [Memories of Growing Up—A Memoir]
328 pages, 6×9
Take a unique historical trip down memory lane with a humorous and endearing collection of stories involving immigrants, survival, growing up, coming of age, and learning what it is to be an American. More than a memoir, it’s an experience—a love story of family, friends, neighbors, and neighborhood.
Twin brothers Joseph and John Gindele grew up on the rough streets of Yorkville on Manhattan’s ethnic Upper East Side over 60 years ago. This is their story—what the city was like then, how it changed, and how two kids from immigrant parents became accomplished Minnesota schoolteachers with earned doctorate degrees. It’s an American tale full of adventures and laughs, sweet memories and sad moments. How did their immigrant Czech and German parents and siblings—a family of seven—ever survive living with them?
Share the twins’ rich memories and outlandish adventures growing up.
Explore those special bonds and predictive abilities many twins have.
Find out how they survived by thinking and working out of the box.
Understand what it means to be an American.
Learn about the colorful Yorkville of yore.
Join the Gindele twins on their journey and rediscover your childhood memories—memories you only thought you had forgotten. Live the immigrant experience in America.
Grab hold of your seat and get ready for a real hoot! Here comes trouble!
NEW: 2012-2013 and 2013-2014: Yorkville Twins has been adopted as required reading for students in New York City (Mercy College) freshman and junior-level “Critical Inquiry” seminar classes: ”The Immigration Experience in New York City” and ”History of the Hudson,” respectively.