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  1. Work and Other Sins: Life in New York City and Thereabouts
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  2. Work and Other Sins: Life in New York City and Thereabouts

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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Charlie LeDuff gives his incomparable take on the city and its denizens-the bars, the workingmen, the gamblers, the eccentrics, the lonesome, and the wise.

Work and Other Sins is filled to burst with stories of the fascinating, one-of-a-kind characters who populate the modern metropolis. In these pages we meet a Long Island used-car salesman; a professional Santa; the men who change the light bulbs atop the Empire State Building; a Sinatra imitator; a retired Harlem chorus-line girl; a lighthouse keeper; a saloon priest; Latin lovers; a host of barroom regulars; and myriad others-all of whom present their take on working, drinking, gambling, dying, and countless other facts of life. Charlie LeDuff takes us to the watering holes, prisons, veterans' hospitals, firehouses, apartment buildings, baseball fields, and graveyards that make up the landscape of modern life. Also included is LeDuff's acclaimed series of articles on Squad One, the Brooklyn firehouse that suffered devastating losses on September 11, as well as his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece on workers in a North Carolina slaughterhouse.

LeDuff captures the spirit of the people and places he profiles with a dead-on feel for character and idiom and his signature wry wit. But more than that, LeDuff lets his characters speak for themselves. What results is at turns riotous, dirt-under-the-nails, contemplative, salty, joyous, whiskey tinged-an utterly unique vision of life in the Big Apple and beyond.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

In his introduction to this collection of essays, this Pulitzer Price-winning reporter lists the "fantastic nobodies" hanging from his family tree: "a pair of heavy-drinking lighthouse keepers, a sleepy morphine addict, a grave robber, a rumrunner, a streetwalker, a numbers maker, a dean of a sham college and a police informant." Mr. LeDuff has sought out similar characters here, most but not all of them nobodies and most but not all of them from New York-- a used-car salesman, a florist, a model for Viagra ads, gravediggers, a Sinatra imitator, workers at Ground Zero, the last civilian light house keeper in the country, midgets, bar owners, a "glittering personality of the Harlem Renaissance" who is murdered in her apartment, a runaway, a retiring doorman. a seventy-three year old still employed as a lifeguard et al. Although many of these people are down and out, few are whiners. They are mildly heroic in that they are able to put their feet on the... Read more
This collection of powerful and mesmerizing stories from Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Charlie LeDuff offers up a paean to the real New York and the seamy, gritty underside that is often hidden from view to the casual observer. "New York is a glamorous city, constituted mostly of nobodies," says LeDuff in the book's introduction, and it is these nobodies that he plucks from obscurity and brings to life in these nervy, punchy vignettes.
Partially drawn from his former column in the New York Times, the pieces collected in WORK AND OTHER SINS provide compelling and contemplative portraits of the laborers, dreamers, hustlers and immigrants from the city's uncelebrated ranks of working stiffs. There's the man who replaces light bulbs at the top of the Empire State Building, the last licensed trapper within city limits, the harbor policemen charged with the grisly task of removing dead bodies from the river, the black Santa Claus at Rockefeller Center, and... Read more
I have followed this writer for years in NY. He is one that was sought out by many- each article he wrote- especially the "Bending Elbows" column. I still get excited when I see his byline. What a great job he does! In NY, LA, anywhere... I look forward to more from this utterly talented and important writer of our time.
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