Though the mayor’s own autobiography is still in the making (see: below), and the glut of expected bios has yet to arrive, mentions of Menino can already be found throughout the BPL Central Library.
Here are some volumes we came across while mumbling down memory lane …
The Hub: Boston Past and Present
By: Thomas H. O’Connor
A historical account of Boston, from the Revolutionary War to the Big Dig. Naturally, the first Italian-American mayor in Hub history gets notable mention.
The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance, and Paesani, from The Years of The Great Immigration to the Present Day
By: Stephen Puleo
A story of Boston’s most-influential Italian residents. Menino caps the book in a section devoted to interviews with powerful, present day Italian Bostonians.
“I am extremely proud of being Italian,” he says, “but I don’t make it a big part of my politics because I represent people of so many different backgrounds.”
Reviving America’s Forgotten Neighborhoods: An Investigation of Inner City Revitalization Efforts
By: Elise M. Bright
An investigative work about various successful (and unsuccessful) attempts to rejuvenate low-income neighborhoods like Dudley Square, which, in 1997, Menino first set out to revitalize.
Mayors in the Middle: Politics, Race and Mayoral Control of Urban Schools
Edited by: Jeffrey R. Henig, Wilbur C. Rich
“For Boston,” this book reads, “the estimated net loss due to city youth attending the 10 charter schools in the city was $14 million in the fiscal year 2002. Under Mayor Menino the city has absorbed this loss, rather than passing it on to the school district.”
Mayor for a New America (Available 4.29.14)
By: Thomas Menino with Jack Beatty
At long last, the compiled memoirs of our beloved Boston Mayor will be completed and bound with help from living literary legend Jack Beatty (The Rascal King, Age of Betrayal, Colossus).