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Crime A Day

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My memoir has been published.

http://bit.ly/1NoErih  Hopefully it will be on Amazon tomorrow.

Crime A Day – A Memoir

My Memoir

a memoir by Joe DiBuduo


A gritty, candid, and compelling story of poverty and street life.


Joe DiBuduo grew up in “Hano,” an infamous, impoverished Boston neighborhood known for its tough, hard-drinking residents. He embraced a criminal code of conduct and thought dying in the electric chair would be an honorable achievement. After many run-ins with the law, Joe fled to Chicago where he finally did hard time in the notorious Cook County Jail. Crime a Day sheds a harsh and unwavering light on how youth are drawn to and into crime, and just how hard it is to get out. An important historical and cultural document.

Read an Excerpt:

If you’ve never experienced stomach-wrenching hunger with no sign of rescue, or an excruciating toothache or earache with no access to medical intervention, then you may never understand what I’m about to tell you. You might think that my choices in life were caused by laziness, impulsivity or my inability to “pull myself up by my own bootstraps.” But, you’d be wrong. In order to accomplish that feat I would have needed to know which way was up. In Hano, there was no up; there was just Hano. No one I knew dreamed of a better world, a better place. Everyone’s solution to every problem was to get drunk and forget about it, or get drunk and fight about it. My beliefs took hold inside the hopelessness of Hano, and I was captivated by the dramas unfolding around me.

JOE-DIBUDUO-PHOTO-trimmed1Joe DiBuduo grew up poor in Boston. He led a troubled childhood and spent time in reform and training schools. As an adult, the house of corrections beckoned him, and he spent time there too. A quick turn of fate led him to California and then Chicago, where he married and had children. He spent the next thirty years working as a construction painter in many states, heading wherever the jobs could be found. DiBuduo is now retired and lives in Prescott, Arizona, where he studied Creative Writing at Yavapai College. Anger used to be a daily part of his life until he began to write. Now if something upsets him, he writes about it. DiBuduo is the author of A Penis Manologue: One Man’s Response to The Vagina Monologues; a children’s book; and collections of flash fiction and lyrical flash fiction. He’s also the author of poetry, short fiction, and children’s stories published in online journals and in print anthologies.

Crime A Day

My Memoir

a memoir by Joe DiBuduo


A gritty, candid, and compelling story of poverty and street life.


Joe DiBuduo grew up in “Hano,” an infamous, impoverished Boston neighborhood known for its tough, hard-drinking residents. He embraced a criminal code of conduct and thought dying in the electric chair would be an honorable achievement. After many run-ins with the law, Joe fled to Chicago where he finally did hard time in the notorious Cook County Jail. Crime a Day sheds a harsh and unwavering light on how youth are drawn to and into crime, and just how hard it is to get out. An important historical and cultural document.

Read an Excerpt:

If you’ve never experienced stomach-wrenching hunger with no sign of rescue, or an excruciating toothache or earache with no access to medical intervention, then you may never understand what I’m about to tell you. You might think that my choices in life were caused by laziness, impulsivity or my inability to “pull myself up by my own bootstraps.” But, you’d be wrong. In order to accomplish that feat I would have needed to know which way was up. In Hano, there was no up; there was just Hano. No one I knew dreamed of a better world, a better place. Everyone’s solution to every problem was to get drunk and forget about it, or get drunk and fight about it. My beliefs took hold inside the hopelessness of Hano, and I was captivated by the dramas unfolding around me.

JOE-DIBUDUO-PHOTO-trimmed1Joe DiBuduo grew up poor in Boston. He led a troubled childhood and spent time in reform and training schools. As an adult, the house of corrections beckoned him, and he spent time there too. A quick turn of fate led him to California and then Chicago, where he married and had children. He spent the next thirty years working as a construction painter in many states, heading wherever the jobs could be found. DiBuduo is now retired and lives in Prescott, Arizona, where he studied Creative Writing at Yavapai College. Anger used to be a daily part of his life until he began to write. Now if something upsets him, he writes about it. DiBuduo is the author of A Penis Manologue: One Man’s Response to The Vagina Monologues; a children’s book; and collections of flash fiction and lyrical flash fiction. He’s also the author of poetry, short fiction, and children’s stories published in online journals and in print anthologies.

Joe DiBuduo

Born on the border.

I wasn’t born on the border, but I’m thinking of using this poem I wrote in my memoir. Do you think it appropriate?

 

Born on the Border

Where do I belong

in this civilization

where I appeared on

a map’s imaginary line?

 

My ancestors came from abroad

with their desire

to put intolerance to bed,

to make a better life.

 

Do I belong

to the genetic heritage

of my ancestors,

the countries they came from?

 

What allegiance do I owe?

Where should my loyalty go?

People born here long before me

had no right to choose at all.

 

No matter that I’m a breed –

Italian and Russian Jew.

My skin is white,

but if I had a tint of red

 

or brown, I’d be second class.

My skin color affords me

rights easily lost

when the law points a finger.

 

Our country’s freedoms

are unequaled in this world,

but Justitia’s scales of truth

and fairness are weighted by gold,

 

the color that lifts her blindfold,

realigns her mission

from the stage of equality

to the parlors of a wealthy few.