Nicole Treska and Jamila Raqib discuss Wonderland: A Tale of Hustling Hard and Breaking Even

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 - 7:00pm

Please join us for Nicole Treska and Jamila Raqib's discussion of Wonderland: A Tale of Hustling Hard and Breaking Even

Wednesday, July 10th at 7 PM

A necessary narrative that extends compassion and dignity to those our society often withholds it from.

After the death of her paternal aunt, Nicole returns to the town that gave her family its street cred but has taken away everything else. She was born to a family of gangsters in the Boston area whose affiliation with the Winter Hill Gang afforded them an amount of protection, money, and respect.

It’s in Boston that she reunites with her father and is reminded of why she left in the first place, but also why she returned. Though Nicole sees it as her responsibility to take care of those around her, as a writer, adjunct professor, and waitress, who rents out the second bedroom of her Harlem apartment on Airbnb to make ends meet, she can barely take care of herself.

If achieving the American Dream means alienating oneself from their community, Wonderland: A Tale of Hustling Hard and Breaking Even reminds us why the reality of “escaping poverty“ is more complex than the decisions of individuals, but also depends on the investment we make in our people to thrive together.


Nicole Treska is the author of the debut memoir Wonderland. Her short fiction has appeared in New York Tyrant magazine, Epiphany literary journal, and Egress: New Openings in Literary Art. Her interviews and reviews are up at Electric LiteratureGuernica, The Millions, BOMB, The Rumpus, and then some. She lives in Harlem with her husband, James, and their three-legged dog, Nadine. 

Event address: 
79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478
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ISBN: 9781668005040
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2024

A poignant memoir of growing up inside Boston’s criminal underworld—and breaking free.

Nicole Treska was born to a family of gangsters. In the 1970s, during Boston’s mob wars, her grandfather’s diner was an unofficial headquarters for Whitey Bulger and other members of the Winter Hill Gang.

Age Group(s): 
Adult (19 - Boomer)