A must-read for all ages, “Bona Vita” is nostalgic for the older generation, filled with childhood memories for the middle generation, and provides story time for the younger generation. This slim volume follows Ross Moschitto as he recalls in detail memorable events from his everyday life – everything from what it was like to grow up on his family’s farm in Atwater, California, to his contribution to the war effort during WWII. Recounting how close he was to becoming a catcher with the New York Yankees before a season-ending injury closed the door on his opportunity, he also expresses the joy he felt when his son, Ross Moschitto Jr., replaced All-Star Mickey Mantle in centerfield for the Yankees in 1965.
Moschitto’s multi-faceted book is a love story that follows his emotional journey from his wedding day to the births of his children. It is also a biography that traces Moschitto’s day-to-day activities from his farm work as a young boy to the success he found after starting his own real-estate brokerage firm. Finally, it is an important life lesson – reminding the reader of the value of a good education, hard work, and a strong family life in building success and happiness. Moschitto’s story also serves as a history lesson, by revisiting some of the most difficult times in our nation’s history, like the Great Depression and World War II.
Moschitto’s inviting writing style makes you feel like you are listening to your own grandpa tell what it was like when he was growing up. Moschitto even makes one reference to the “mile long walk to school, day and night, rain or shine, cold or hot” (pg. 11).
“Bona Vita” is an easy and pleasurable read, even for those who are still new to delving into biographies and memoirs.
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