Sunday, November 13, 2011

Featured Book: When Brooklyn Was Heaven by Stan Levenson

When Brooklyn Was Heaven: A Memoir From Brooklyn to L.A. and Places In-BetweenStan Levenson was a poor, fatherless kid with few aspirations during the Great Depression and World War II – aside from getting into trouble. So it might come as a big surprise that this self-described “goof-off” went on to make an international name for himself helping school districts around the world reap millions of dollars. When Brooklyn Was Heaven lovingly chronicles a 30-year (1931-61) journey through Brooklyn neighborhoods rich in history and culture, the Borscht Belt of the Catskills, small college towns in upstate New York, military duty in the United States Navy, and a lifestyle that crisscrossed a continent and the globe. Through determination and chutzpah, Levenson graduated from one of the roughest vocational high schools in New York City, attended college, earned advanced degrees including a Ph.D., and transformed fundraising in the public schools. But not before playing the lead in a number of memorable misadventures. A vividly detailed portrait of stickball games, scrap-metal drives, Coney Island capers, Catskill mountain highs, college classics, awkward gropes, Naval adventures, L.A. dreaming, and sheer grit. When Brooklyn Was Heaven is a must read for anyone with a New York connection, those who are fascinated by this joyful place, and all others who are intrigued by the places in-between.

About the author:

Fundraising guru Stan Levenson is the author of four books on education, including Big-Time Fundraising for Today’s Schools (Corwin Press, 2007), How to Get Grants and Gifts for the Public Schools (Allyn & Bacon, 2002), Readings in Foreign Languages for the Elementary School (Blaisdell/Ginn) and Exciting Bulletin Board Ideas for Reading and Language Arts (T.S. Denison and Co.). His articles have appeared in American School Board Journal, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, TESOL Quarterly and more. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, a master’s degree in School Administration from U.C.L.A., and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Human Behavior from United States International University (now Alliant International University) in San Diego. Levenson lives in San Diego with his wife Kay Pantelis. Visit him on the Web at


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