“Award-winning Yorkville Twins received accolades from the Midwest Book Awards (Social Science), competing with books from 12 Midwestern states.”
Yorkville Twins* [Full of Humor, Wisdom and Frank Talk — Memories of Growing Up in a Czech and German Immigrant Family of Seven on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.]
By Joseph and John Gindele
320 pages, 6×9
Take a unique historical trip down memory lane in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s with a humorous and endearing collection of stories involving immi- grants, 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 a famous and infamous neighborhood.
Twin brothers Joseph and John Gindele grew up on the rough streets of Yorkville (known then as a “bucket of blood”) 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 Czech and German parents [two remarkable people who lived unremarkable lives] and siblings—a family of seven—ever survive living with twins who share special bonds and predictive abilities?
Learn about the historical, social, and cultural conditions of the 1940s-1960s.
Join the Gindele twins on their journey and (1) Rediscover your childhood memories—memories you only thought you had forgotten, (2) Live the immigrant experience in America, and (3) Have fun and lots of laughs doing so. Grab hold of your seat and get ready for a real hoot! Hold your breath! Here comes trouble!
• Share the twins’ rich memories and outlandish adventures growing up.
• Explore those special bonds and predictive abilities many twins and multiples have.
• Find out how they survived by thinking and working out of the box.
• Understand better what it means to be an American.
• Learn about the colorful Yorkville of yore.
• Book Club discussion questions are available. See monograph on “Order” page.
•Yorkville Twins has been adopted as required reading for four consecutive years for college students in NY in classes, “The Immigration Experience in New York City.”
[*This 2015 Revised Edition replaces our 2012 First Edition of Yorkville Twins: Hilarious Adventures Growing Up in New York City, 1944-1962 [ISBN: 978-0-9839337-5-5].
“In the 1940s and 1950s, . . . most [large urban city] people lived in a four- or five-story, walk-up tenement building. Often their apartments had no toilet. Families would share a common toilet in the hallway. There were no showers. The only bathtub in many cases was a washtub located in the kitchen, a tub so small the best a full-grown person could do was sit on the edge and put his or her feet in the water. . . . There was little or no privacy in the railroad style rooms.
The time Joe and John Gindele reminisce about is post-war America in a large city. It was a time when news reports, politicians and leaders were believable in the public’s mind. It was a time when teachers, priests, and the police were never challenged. It was a time before TV. Some people had telephones. Most didn’t. Radio programs which sparked the imagination of children and adults alike were the daily fare.”
[So writes Anthony C. Lofaso, who grew up in Yorkville during this time. Lofaso, author of Origins and History of the Village of Yorkville in the City of New York, Second Edition 2014, wrote an exceptional and engaging Foreword to Yorkville Twins. Read it on our website under “Book.”]