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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dito Montiel Narrator: Jason Collins Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Orlandito “Dito” Montiel grew up wild in the streets of Astoria, Queens, pulling pranks for Greek and Italian gangsters and confessing at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, gobbling hits of purple mescaline and Old English, sneaking into Times Square whore houses, and at times getting near much graver trouble. Entering adulthood in the eighties, he escapes into the underground and punk cultures of Manhattan.

This is the story of a young man’s hunger for experience, his dawning awareness of the bigger world across the bridge, and the loyalties that bind him to the flawed and desperate “Saints” that have guided his life: Bob Semen, Frank the dog walker, Jimmy Mullen, Cherry Vanilla, Allen Ginsberg, and all the junkies and insaniacs like Santos Antonios who said, “Now, Dito, remember, in life you gotta be crazy.”

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  • “[Dito Montiel] howls A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints at a moon that is inside all of us.”

    Brad Gooch, New York Times bestselling author

  • "Montiel tells his entertaining, sad tales with a combination of affection, glee, and nostalgia. He's managed to escape the dismal fate of many of his childhood cohorts, while still cherishing and embracing their humanity."

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jason Collins manages this directionless assortment of stories magnificently. He holds to a slight Brooklyn accent for Montiel but doesn’t overdo it. Flawlessly, he transitions to other characters with their own vocal quirks and delivers the more emotional moments in a somber and reminiscent tone that enhances Montiel’s words.”


  • “The writing is rich and brave and Collins’ narration captures all the ironic humor of his prose. Mature YAs will love this.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erin Chandler | 2/18/2014

    " A beautiful memoir about recognizing our teachers, our hearts home, our Saints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Verna | 2/8/2014

    " I read this book because of seeing the movie. I liked the movie very much, but the book is quite different. For one thing, the movie is drawn from a very small part of the novel. I liked certain aspects of the book, but at times had a hard time understanding the language and what the author was trying to say. I guess you have to grow up in that kind of environment and know the culture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Natasha | 1/27/2014

    " oh new york, new york. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Caitlin | 12/24/2013

    " The author was really annoying, there was no structure at all to the book, and after a while, it seems he forgot that he was writing about his "saints" and instead just starting writing random stories from his youth. Seems like he thought he was awesome as a kid, whereas most of us probably thought he was annoying and wished he would go away. It scares me that he's writing another book. "

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About the Author

Dito Montiel grew up a punk rock skinhead boxer in Astoria, Queens, was a model for Gianni Versace, signed the first one-million-dollar record deal ever for an underground band with Gutterboy, got KO’d in the Golden Gloves, and has appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, Details, and numerous other magazines as a writer, musician, and New York personality.