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The Basketball Diaries  
1st edition
Author Jim Carroll
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Tombouctou Press (Bolinas, CA)
Publication date 1978
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 224 (Penguin, 1987)
ISBN 0140100180
Dewey Decimal 813/.54 19
LC Classification PS3553.A7644 Z464 1987

The Basketball Diaries is a 1978 memoir written by author and musician Jim Carroll. It is an edited collection of the diaries he kept between the ages of twelve and sixteen. Set in New York City, they detail his daily life, sexual experiences, high school basketball career, Cold War paranoia, the counter-culture movement, and, especially, his addiction to heroin, which began when he was 13.

The book is considered a classic piece of adolescent literature. Carroll later followed up his original memoirs with a sequel of sorts called The Downtown Diaries which follows his relocation to California and his continued addiction to heroin.

Film adaptation

The book was made into a film of the same name in 1995 starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg.


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