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~Fiction~

Some of my stories have historical themes.* Others are semi-autobiographical or reflect my curiosity about war, art history, obsessive collectors, immigration—even pole dancing!

I based two other stories on events lifted from front pages across the world: The German, 'Mr. Kai,' and The Devil; Illusions; and Blame Jason Bourne.

Romance and crime, of course, are always at the ready should any of my characters be so inclined ...

*'When the Bough Breaks'

girl taking notes

'When the Bough Breaks'

An Old Man is reminded of the film (The Straight Story) about Alvin Straight, a man of his age who rode a lawn mower across two states to reconcile with his ailing brother 'before it was too late.’


Along the way a Young Man asks Straight, ‘What's the worst thing about being old?


Straight answers, ‘The worst thing of being old is remembering what it was being young.’


That conversation launches an extended debate within the Old Man.


He enlists his daughter to take notes and plunges into his memories of youth to test Straight’s proposition.


That journey, which re-educates the Old Man about his experiences in the context of aging, is punctuated by doubts from family members who don't believe the Old Man's stories are memories at all.

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~NonFiction~

Immigrants and Americanism at War*

 

One of those rare books that will  gratify readers of diverse backgrounds and interests. —Northcoast Journal

A significant book for all Americans concerned with this country's attitudes toward and treatment of immigrants, and with individual rights. —Voices in Italian Americana

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For six months in 1942 the federal government pursued a program of civilian internment that forced thousands of West Coast Italian and German aliens and their families to leave their homes and jobs. Other Italians, including American citizens whose loyalty was deemed doubtful, were interned or excluded without due process.

Italian Americans pledging allegiance

Immigrants and Americanism at War is an oral and documentary history. It uses the words of those affected by the relocation order to tell the human side of the story omitted by the government and presents documents that testify to the struggle of a country trying to square its actions with its values.

Immigrants and Americanism at War is a significant book for all Americans concerned with this country's attitudes toward and treatment of immigrants, and with individual rights.

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