Vina: A Brooklyn Memoir by Joseph  C PolaccoVina: A Brooklyn Memoir by Joseph  C Polacco

Vina: A Brooklyn Memoir

byJoseph C Polacco

Paperback | September 8, 2016

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Joe Polacco has written a wonderful tribute to his mother, Vina, and in the process has learned about himself. This memoir is told with humor, and is a tale of extended family in Brooklyn headed by the author's mother, the kind and big-hearted Vina. It's all about the family, the neighborhood, and most of all about Vina. She is beautiful, selfless, a creative designer and knows how to laugh and make others laugh. She is a master of Italian cuisine, admired for her original recipes, which are willingly shared. What more could anyone want in a Mom? More to the point which of us would not want to claim Vina as Mom? And all the characters in the memoir willingly testify that they love Vina and claim her as their own. The author has a love of--and knack for—foreign language and dialects. In New York City, specifically Brooklyn, the whole world can be found in this one place. And you'll find Joe Polacco and Vina in this melting pot. But be careful not to melt down as you laugh through the pages while commemorating those who have passed before, and after, Vina.

Joe Polacco, a native of Brooklyn, has spent most of his life as a citizen of Missouri. He is Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at the University of Missouri in Columbia where he lives with his wife Nancy Malugani-Polacco. After years of producing limericks and jokingly being called "Poet Laureate of Biochemistry," he decided to writ...
Title:Vina: A Brooklyn MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.48 inPublished:September 8, 2016Publisher:AKA YolaLanguage:English

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"Vina's light drew me to her family, friends and folks in the 'hood, their stories often humorous and always colorful. I wanted to sit with them at her table and devour her delicious food. Thanks for introducing us, Joe. " -Susan Crockenberg, Professor of Psychology Emerita, University of VermontJoe Polacco put me across the table swapping stories about growing up, family and friends, the old neighborhood, and of course, parents. Joe's genuine and authentic storytelling completely drew me in. My mother used to say, especially when cooking, "Everyone is a little bit Italian." She was right; I could feel it coming out as I read. Many thanks, Joe, for letting us in on your memories.-Mark Holland, Professor and Emeritus Head of Biology, University of SalisburyVina: A Brooklyn Memoirs is a gem, a big-hearted, funny, poignant valentine to one magnificent woman, the old days in Brooklyn and the old world in our hearts. Joe Polacco catches the voices of his family, and by the last chapter they are everyone's family and Brooklyn is everyone's neighborhood. And Vina? She's someone you'll never forget. Thank you, Joe-Mary Collins Barile, a granddaughter of Brooklyn, author and playwrightJoe Polacco's expression of love for his mother Vina, and for his childhood Bensonhurst neighborhood, is "all good, tasty and sustaining." Particularly compelling are the often humorous neighborhood interactions that produced deep friendships across ethnic lines. These relationships sustained Vina during her life and have comforted those left behind. -Lori Younker, Author and President of the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild