The rapid collapse of the Soviet system offered the powerful and dangerous Josef Urikovich and his brother Uri the opportunity to spread the existing Russian criminal network to America. Their headquarters was in Brighton Beach, the area of southeast Brooklyn bordering Coney Island in New York City which unofficially was known as the home base of the Russian Mafia. It was a closed world inhospitable to outsiders. Uri developed a close relationship with Russell Boyd when they both served with the American military forces in Afghanistan. Boyd's profession as a Major League Baseball player with the New Jersey Greys fit uniquely into a plan developed by the brothers to compete with the well-established traditional mafia in America. A unique reward was Boyds's recompense for his participation. A love affair was an unexpected dividend. Terrorist threats within the United States became the bargaining chip between the Russians and the Federal Bureau of Investigation which further aided the newcomers in their quest to become a significant criminal force in America. In his fourth novel, Bill Kennedy has taken his signature approach to adding a fictional flavor to current events to form a thoroughly enjoyable reading adventure.
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A Study Guide for Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.
The Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn is populated by what might be called "external emigrants", the people who in emigrating have changed nothing about their lives but their location. Brighton Beach, the novel about this Jewish immigrant community, is a satiric look at this island of Russian life in New York City. Levine, a well-known Odessa writer, arrives in New York and peddles his single book stories under several titles. There is also Pishonik, who runs the second-hand store and has a thriving under-the-counter business in stolen jewelry, just as in Odessa he'd dealt in produce. A taxi driver who sells drugs on the side and dreams of opening a luncheonette. Seva, who works odd jobs and dreams of buying a taxi. There's even a schoolboy with his own get-rich-quick mail-order scam. The intellectuals: Volodya, sets about beginning a new, healthier life as a housepainter; Aaron, who was a teacher in Odessa, opens a leather-goods factory and tries to run it, but thwarted at every turn. Marat, a would-be writer and too naïve to understand the venality which surrounds him, eventually gives the writer Levine his comeuppance. Faya, Seva's wife, hunts the stairwells in their apartment building in search of Volodya and a more genteel life. Beba and Mina, sisters long to be free of their tyrannical father. There is the Organization of Aid Emigrants, under the direction of the kindly and unsuspecting American Mrs. Welch, and run by emigrants. And throughout the book there is a chorus of emigrants strolling on the broadwalk, lining up for free eyeglasses or cheap apartments, and sending pictures, presents and boastful letters home to their Odessa relative about how good life is in America, This novel gives the reader a colorful picture of this thriving community on the sultry summer streets of Brooklyn.
Full Length, Comic Drama / 3m, 4f / Comb. Ints/Ext. Here is part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley
"Illustrated alphabet book about beautiful Brighton Brighton Beach Neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York,'B is for Brighton Beach' has been specially written and illustrated for children who are learning to read. Younger children will enjoy looking at the colorful pictures and matching them with words. Innovative writer Michael Salita brings ABCs to life in this fun and colorful alphabet book. Children aged three to six will love to learn the letters A to Z with the help of perfect illustrations. The colorful text reinforces letter recognition and is perfect for a parent and child to share or for a beginner reader to enjoy alone.
Numerous dynamic contrasts combined with unique woodwind contributions unite in this solid concert march. William Latham's Brighton Beach concert march serves equally well as an outstanding recessional for graduation ceremonies. This work is a must for every school band library. (3: 51)
Surgeon Richard Kurtz has no idea what's going on, and this bothers him. It bothers him a lot.Kurtz has the typical surgeon's deep-seated mania for control and right now, too many things are happening, none of which make sense.His most recent patient, an undercover cop, has had his brain scrambled by a sniper's bullet. Another patient is dying because an incompetent colleague made one mistake too many. A third patient got hit by a car after OD'ing on a new, unknown narcotic, and Steven Hayward and his wife, both drug dealers, were found dead in bed with their detached heads propped up on the kitchen counter.Not that any of this is Kurtz' business. Kurtz is a police surgeon but as everybody keeps reminding him, police surgeons aren't cops. They're surgeons. Kurtz and police detective Lew Barent have solved three improbable murders at Easton Medical Center. These latest murders have nothing to do with Kurtz...until more patients overdose, more bodies start to appear and a Russian mobster warns him to mind his own business. How does the Russian mob fit into things? Who is doing what to whom?Kurtz can't resist asking questions, but the wrong questions asked of the wrong people could get him killed.If you love mysteries with a hero who pulls no punches and never backs down, you will love this latest thriller from award winning author, Robert I. Katz.
The only book to examine both 1970s' and 1990s' Soviet-Jewish immigration to the United States