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The Resource The autumn balloon : a memoir, Kenny Porpora

The autumn balloon : a memoir, Kenny Porpora

Label
The autumn balloon : a memoir
Title
The autumn balloon
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Kenny Porpora
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Every autumn, Kenny Porpora would watch his heartbroken mother scribble messages on balloons and release them into the sky above Long Island, one for each family member they'd lost to addiction. As the number of balloons grew, his mother fell deeper into alcoholism, drinking away her sorrows every night in front of the television, where her love of Regis Philbin provided a respite from the sadness around her. When their house was foreclosed upon, Kenny's mother absconded with him, his brother, and his beloved dog and fled for the Arizona desert, joining her heroin-addicted brother on a quixotic search for a better life. What followed was an outlaw adolescence spent in constant upheaval surrounded by bizarre characters and drug-addicted souls. In the wake of unspeakable loss, Kenny convinced a college to take a chance on him, and turned to the mentors, writers, and poets he found to rebuild the family he lost, and eventually graduated from the Ivy League with a new life. Porpora's memoir is the story of a deeply dysfunctional but loving family, and follows his life from the chaos of his youth to his triumphs in the Ivy League. At times darkly comic, at times elegiac, The Autumn Balloon is a beautifully written testament to the irreplaceable bonds of family, even under the most trying circumstances, and one that marks the debut of an exciting new writer"--provided by publisher
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10396467
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Porpora, Kenny
Dewey number
305.242/10973
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Porpora, Kenny
  • Porpora, Kenny
  • Porpora, Kenny
  • College graduates
  • Adult children of alcoholics
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Young men
  • Drug addicts
  • Alcoholics
Target audience
adult
Label
The autumn balloon : a memoir, Kenny Porpora
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
295 pages
Isbn
9781455545162
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014015983
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 109219759
  • 2014015983
  • DLC
Label
The autumn balloon : a memoir, Kenny Porpora
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
295 pages
Isbn
9781455545162
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014015983
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 109219759
  • 2014015983
  • DLC

Library Locations

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