‘Just Call Me Moose’ is bittersweet memoir
From the prattle Karl Bossi heard on the cobblestone streets of Dorchester, Mass., a working-class neighborhood of Boston, during the rock ‘n’ roll 1950s, to the harrowing jungles of Vietnam, an era comes alive in his memoir, “Just Call Me Moose! Growing Up Italian in America.”
The 256-page book not only provides a visceral look at an important time in history, it also explores Bossi’s lifelong confrontation with his entrepreneur father’s suicide, which occurred just days before his senior prom. In deference to this, a portion of the book revenues will be given to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp. org) in New York City.
WGBH Boston public radio icon, Ron Della Chiesa, wrote that, “‘Just Call Me Moose! Growing Up Italian in America’ is a powerful and poignant journey that takes the reader from the streets of Boston in the ’50s to the jungles of Vietnam. This is a nostalgic tale, sometimes humorous, sometimes sad. I can relate to his search for the cause of his father’s untimely and tragic death. It was fascinating and thought provoking. I laughed and cried, and you will, too.”
Claude Marsilia, Boston’s Post Gazette newspaper book critic, wrote, “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. This book reveals Moose’s sensitive and humorous side, which is conveyed to the reader by his sincere and easy-to-read writing style. Read it. I guarantee you will not be sorry.”
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. What follows is Bossi’s 50-year journey to recognize that it was impossible to embrace his own life as long as he avoided his father’s death.
If you go
Who: Author Karl Bossi
What: Booksigning for “Just Call Me Moose! Growing Up Italian in America”
When: Saturday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Neighbors Bookstore, 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Village Center. Call (530) 541-6296.