Joseph Torra's memoir "Who Do You Think You Are?" Released
"A story of perseverance...An inspiring, lively read." —Midwest Book Review
By: PFP Publishing
And Publishers Weekly's BookLife called it, "An incisive account of becoming a writer and teacher but holding true to one's own path."
In Who Do You Think You Are? Torra ponders his thirty plus years as a poet, novelist, editor, publisher, and teacher. With both pathos and humor, Torra discusses the challenges he has faced as an author, husband, parent—and, as a person who struggles with bipolar disease.
He shares stories and insights on: growing up in a working class Italian-American Boston suburb, literary and other artists who have influenced him, painting, music, addiction, the publishing scene—past and present—as well as the importance of mentorships and community.
The memoir is a courageous and frank portrait of an author and benefits all readers who hope to pursue an artistic career of any form.
"Torra's characters speak in an almost poetic cadence," said Boston Magazine. And Charlotte Innes of the Los Angeles Times wrote, Torra "Offers an intricate, sympathetic, sometimes outraged, always graceful commentary on the larger world."
Joseph Torra has published 16 books. These include works of poetry: Time Being, Keep Watching the Sky, After the Chinese, Domino Sessions, Watteau Sky and August Letter to My Wife and Daughters as well as fiction: My Ground Trilogy, What's So Funny, They Say and What it Takes. In addition, Torra has been an editor for several magazines and textbooks. He is an instructor of creative writing, fiction, memoir, and poetry at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Who Do You Think You Are? Reflections of a Writer's Life is available at Indie Bookstores, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Books-A-Million.
PFP has also published award-winning books by Roland Merullo, Craig Nova, Ioanna Opidee, Suzanne Strempek-Shea, Sterling Watson, Askold Melnyczuk, and several other authors. http://pfppublishing.com