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  • 240 pages
  • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
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1960s Boston, Black Entertainment, Inner City Life, Black Families, African American, Memoirs, Night Life 1960s

5 Squares
by Bonita McIlvaine



It was Boston in the 1960s - a time when nightclubs, bars and lounges had the city alive at night, and a good time could continue after hours; And when entertainers frequented the city to take advantage of its nightlife. Add in the world of the sporting life, and Boston's deceiving glamour could not be denied.

In the middle of it all were five best friends known as "squares", who attended high school by day, and received a far different education by night. The girls road in Cadillacs, drank in bars and explored their sexual awareness. They made a pact to just have fun and enjoy the rest. Their fun was innocent, the culture wasn't. Their values are tested. Consequences arise, and prices must inevitably be paid.

"They were campaigning to get elected, with no shame their game"

Bonnie McIlvaine

"This slice of American History is fascinating. It's the Black experience of the 60's we didn't see on Mad Men. And its the music and party scene that proceeded Rap."

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The daughter of a major figure in black Boston’s nightlife of an earlier era, Bonnie McIlvaine grew up the beloved child of a lavish spender. She writes with zest, great affection, and candor about her larger than life dad, Johnny McIlvaine.

She and her gal pals roamed the clubs as “squares” until the pimp life claimed one of them and life threw the others curves as well. When the money went, Bonnie landed on her feet, well-schooled by her dad and the practical lessons he had taught her.

A fascinating glimpse behind the doors where poverty was not an issue but taking risks exacted a price even so.

Kay Bourne

Arts editor and writer

"They were campaigning to get elected, with no shame their game"

Bonnie McIlvaine

"This slice of American History is fascinating. It's the Black experience of the 60's we didn't see on Mad Men. And its the music and party scene that proceeded Rap."

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Bonita (Bonnie) McIlvaine grew up in Boston, the daughter of a nightclub owner and Broadway dancer. She worked in both State and City Government prior to becoming a business owner. In this, her breakout memoir, gives a look at Boston's nightlife in the 60s, experienced by five best friends coming of age. The former business owner is currently working on a self empowerment guide for young adults.


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