To Every Page a Turning: One Life's Journey by
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 284 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Mascot; Release date: April, 2021
Content Rating: PG. Content not suitable for young children.
A parallel to Buccellato’s own life, the main character in To Every Page A Turning: One Life’s Journey considers the trials and tribulations throughout his life, beginning in the 1950s. Traveling through hope, a great cause, disenchantment, hopelessness, discovery, and rebirth, the novel also recounts the travel of a generation as they move through time.
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Many People have asked questions related to my past, and to the people who have truly touched me. A few said it's clear I had inspiration from many people over the years and they are represented in your book. Some of them clearly made defined differences, yet the question remains — are there any people who inspired you throughout your life that are not in the book?
Yes, for many reasons. Some people pass through for a season, and then they’re gone, but some leave a legacy to help guide your life. I would say that readers know from reading the book, I'm a man who reads scripture almost every day. I believe in the wisdom of the scriptures they have survived thousands and thousands of years and the very fact that they are still there, gives me pause to believe that they are valuable, and so I do read them daily and believe wholeheartedly in the messages.
My wife is another inspiration to me. She is a tremendously creative woman, and we meet every day and talk about different issues — some of them within the scriptures, and some just the issues of life. She’s very inspiring to me because she never fails to approach a particular subject with a point of view —giving me pause to think again.
I would be remiss if I did not include an old family friend, Joe Dorrigo, as another of my great inspirations. He was a friend of my father’s from Brooklyn, NY. A World War II veteran and a combat veteran, Joe Dorrigo was a very simple man and whenever people were rough or gruff with him, rather than become combative — which was very easily done in those days on the streets of Brooklyn — he would muster up his full 5 foot 3-inch tall frame, tug up his belt, and in a big voice proclaim, “Guys like this, we don't want and we don't need.“ It was tremendous wisdom for a young man on the street to recognize that you don't have to confront every insult with direct combat. You can allow people to pass, and you don't have to allow them to motivate your life and move your life. But the wisdom of that simple statement “Guys like this, we don't want, we don't need,” has stayed with me throughout my entire life. Perhaps, I wouldn't say it that way any longer, but I still think it to myself, I'm still that boy from Brooklyn who thinks when I'm confronted with an oaf, Thanks, Joe. It is indeed an inspiration.
Meet the Author:
Carl Buccellato was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, and is of Italian-American descent. Throughout his career and travels, Carl has met a broad array of different people. Some, down on their luck, some at the pinnacle of their careers and personal lives. Many of the people and their stories left a mark on Carl's heart and mind. It is from some of these encounters that Carl has drawn inspiration for a few of the fictitious characters in this novel. Today, Carl resides in Coral Springs, Florida, with his wife Mary Ellen. She is an award-winning multimedia artist and speaker. Together, Carl and Mary Ellen love traveling the globe and looking for new inspiration for their gifts and talents given to them by their loving God.
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