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A Highly Praised Memoir - Now An EBOOK

From the prattle on the cobblestone streets of Dorchester, a working class neighborhood of Boston, to the harrowing jungles of Vietnam, an era comes alive in the memoir “Just Call Me Moose! Growing Up Italian in America”.

 
 
1946- Moose in his old Dorchester (Boston) neighborhood
1946- Moose in his old Dorchester (Boston) neighborhood
PRLog - Jul. 11, 2012 - Available in paper format and recently as an ebook in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Seventeen vintage photos enhance the narrative. This gritty memoir chronicles the vibrant life of Karl R. Bossi growing up Italian in a predominantly Irish and blue-collar neighborhood of Boston. Upon graduation from college Bossi left home for a career in the Air Force and lived in Japan, Vietnam, Spain and Turkey around bombs, bullets and booby traps. What follows is Karl’s 50-year journey to recognize that it was impossible to embrace his own life as long as he avoided his father’s death. Bossi's memoir, sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet, is a vivid and often humorous portrait of what it was like to grow up with poles-apart Italian-speaking parents. Only later does he understand that “Mum” never found the channel that Pop transmitted on, but not until he realizes that “Mum” wasn't much better when it came to tuning into her last son.

An excerpt from the book.

"While reading in the den, he heard the front door chimes. Later when he came downstairs and met his mother in the kitchen, she had a contented look on her round, cherubic face.

“Mum, who rang the bell?”

She spit out the words. “Some scrawny floozy with no brains. She said she met you at the beach and was lookin’ for Moose.

“I told her no animals live here.”

This highly acclaimed memoir has received all five-star reviews on Amazon and has been praised by book critics and TV and radio shows across the country. Some of the reviews are shown below.“

Ron Della Chiesa is a Boston area radio personality.
“...a powerful, poignant journey....takes the reader from the streets of Boston in the ’fifties to the jungles of Vietnam. …a nostalgic tale, sometimes humorous, sometimes sad…I can relate to his search for the cause of his father’s untimely and tragic death. …fascinating and thought provoking…I laughed and cried, and you will too!”

Jordan Rich is a Boston Radio personality
"Beautiful, poignant, and very funny. You're a tough guy, Karl. You've done some pretty amazing things. You write, I think, from the heart...like a real human being with a lot of soul and passion."

Claude Marsilia is a book reviewer.
“… Moose’s book is a wonderful recollection of his family, especially his mother and father. He writes candidly and passionately revealing shortcomings as well as positive moments about his family’s life. Moose writes at a marvelous simple pace maintaining the readers attention.”

Book Reviewer
"Illustrated with a handful of black-and-white photographs, Just Call Me Moose!: Growing Up Italian In America by Karl R. Bossi is the haunting memoir that follows the author from boyhood in '50s Boston, and the terror of his father's suicide, to the jungles of Vietnam as a member of a bomb disposal team, to civilian life. Over the course of fifty years, he learned that it was impossible to live fully as long as he shut out the reality of his father's death. Highly recommended."

Ray Ryder  is an author.  
"A compelling read, I picked this book up on a Saturday afternoon, put it down once to eat dinner, then read long into the evning until I was finished. ”

This was a touching story of life and loss.”
Lisa P. Gaynier  

You will laugh, you will cry, you will never forget it. ”
Michelle Dunn  

"I am enjoying this book so very much and find that I have to read and then re-read certain parts, for it brings back so much of my childhood after the Depression, WWII life, trips to Boston and Dorchester on the elevated trains."

"It is just wonderful!"

"I stop so often to reminisce and I don't want to put it down! A reader doesn't have to be Italian-American for this story will appeal to many people, young and old alike."

Could have been my life, June 14, 2012
Tonya
"This review is from: Just Call Me Moose! Growing Up Italian in America  
I was born the same year as the author and grew up in the same neighborhood about 10 blocks away. The author caught the happenings and incidents of just about every Italian- American growing up in that era. Although the book was written from an Italian viewpoint, there are a lot of points that would hit home for anyone growing up in the 50's."

By Esteban Ess (Austin, TX United States)
"This review is from: Just Call Me Moose! Growing Up Italian in America (Paperback)
Karl Bossi has laid bare the story of what it was like to grow up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a part of Boston in the 1940s and 1950s. He shares his early, formative years, his high school and college years and his time in the US Air Force and beyond. He does not hold back. I went to the same high school as Karl and can verify that everything he says about the school and Dorchester rings true. The book was a "must read" for me after I learned of it in a local newspaper book review article. I learned a lot about American Italian cooking, life style, holidays, values, religious life and much more. Karl shares the sudden loss of his father and wonders what - if anything - could have been done to prevent that loss. Anyone who has been close to someone who takes their own life has a terrible time to make peace and to overcome that haunting feeling of missing the signals if there were any signals. Perhaps the most important message of the book is the value of a rich, wholesome family life and the ability to live with adversity when it turns your family world upside down. The smells of the neighborhoods, the noise of the subway, the downtown shopping in department stores, and much more come to life thanks to Karl Bossi's open and uninhibited writing style. I'll be reading this book again; it remains in my personal library. Thank you Karl Bossi."

Just Call Me Moose Review, October 18, 2010
By Leola Ortiz  (Albuquerque, NM)
"This review is from: Just Call Me Moose! Growing Up Italian in America (Paperback)
This book was wonderful. I could hardly put it down. I only put it down for a moment but was so interested in what the next pages would bring to the story. Karl was a co-worker of mine. I did not realize his talent and was blown away of his life story. My heart goes to him in his losses. My mother passed 15 years ago from cancer and I could not imagine what he went through with his fathers passing. Hope to see more from this Author. Super details and letting the reader know exactly what his experiences were growing up and in active Services. Great read, super story would highly recommend to all readers."

The story in each of us., January 14, 2006
By Rodney W. Sly (Albuquerque, NM)  
"This is a great story about one individual's journey through life. From the endless freedom of youth, through the tribulations of growing up and having to take life serious. The experiences Karl writes about brought back memories of my own, and I'm sure will touch on some of yours as well. From the hilarious to the extremely sad, it's all there like the story in each of us."

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