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Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America

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For three years, Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan traveled the world by trekking the streets of their home borough. This book documents the people they encountered along the way. First person narratives are illuminated by strikingly direct photographic portraits of the subjects alongside the objects of their worlds. Lehrer's postmodern, Talmudic design juxtaposes the multipl ...more
Paperback, 393 pages
Published August 17th 2003 by W. W. Norton Company (first published August 4th 2003)
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Pam
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I really liked reading this every morning on the 7 train. Everything that I was reading about people living in Queens meshed nicely with those around me. I became more open to the lives of others and the struggle that they faced leaving their country and living in Queens. There were stories that stick with me more such as the Egyptian restaurant owners, the Colombian gay couple's story and the exotic dancer from Vietnam. The structure looks a little daunting to read, but once you get started, it ...more
D Dina Friedman
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is not the kind of book I generally read, but it was so well done. I was intrigued because it is a collection of oral histories of recent immigrants who came to Queens, where I grew up and still spend time visiting my family. Evocative, heart-felt, and beautifully designed. It is the kind of book to savor a little bit at a time, which is why it took me so long to read it.
Laurenkatz
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
I like the book Crossing The Blvd so far. It tells different peoples stories with pictures and problems that they have encountered so far. It makes me think about how bad some peoples lives are and how much help they need.
Jessie
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting stories, but I hated the presentation. The page setup seemed like it was trying so hard to be visually interesting that it was hard to follow the stories.
Isaac
May 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
Not my type of boo. SOme stories are pretty interesting, they keep me into the book, but some stories really bore me to death. Whatever, i have to read it.
David
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I learned about the world and why people still come to this country. Fabulous book. I gained a lot of insight.
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Warren Lehrer is a writer and artist/designer known internationally as a pioneer in the fields of visual literature and design authorship. His work explores the vagaries and luminescence of character, the relationships between social structures and the individual, and the pathos and absurdity of life. His books are acclaimed for capturing the shape of thought and reuniting the traditions of storyt
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