About the Book:
The book is based on the last eight days of our mother’s life. It is a celebration of life, family, culture and tradition. As my relatives came to pay their last respects, we heard so many wonderful stories about the trials and sacrifices made by our parents and grandparents so we could live the American dream.
This is a book about family and unconditional love through the good times and bad. It is about a family who is and always will be there for each other no matter what. We hope you see your family in this book and the memories make you smile.
Read the first chapter HERE
About the Author:
You can visit his website at www.frankzaccari.com.
Visit him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001207722973.
The squeaky clean smell of antiseptic starched the air. The sounds of people speaking in urgent but hushed tones could be heard in the overcrowded room where my mother, Carmela (Carm Zaccari), lay in her hospital bed surrounded by my father, three brothers, two sisters, all of my nieces and nephews, and my Aunt Mary (Mom’s sister). My brother Frank nudged his teenage daughter Sara and quietly said, “Look around the room. Whom do you see?”
Frank replied, “That’s right, because when it really matters, all that you have is your family. Look at Grandpa. They have been married for fifty-seven years, and he is still there holding her hand. That’s what family and unconditional love is all about. As you get older and start thinking about marriage, I want you to remember this scene. I want you to make sure that you are positive that the man you marry will be there holding your hand fifty-seven years later at your death bed.
First, I have not read the book yet - I am hoping to receive it soon so that I can do an official review. However, I do have some thoughts about it that I would like to share.
I SO LOVE the premise of this book, an author searching for a way to honor his family. An organization that I belong to was recently encouraging us to talk to those family members (older, younger, extended and immediate) and write down memories that everyone has because if it isn't done then it will all be lost and there are some real surprises in each family that deserve to be know. Memories are from perspectives too, which is important.
I can already tell before reading it that this book is special...and I cannot wait to dive into this author's "spaghetti bowl."