Just Call Me Moose!: Growing Up Italian in America [NOOK Book]

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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 newly published memoir “Just Call Me Moose!: Growing Up Italian in America”. Seventeen vintage photos enhance the narrative. This gritty memoir chronicles the vibrant life of Karl 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 ...
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Just Call Me Moose!: Growing Up Italian in America

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Overview

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 newly published memoir “Just Call Me Moose!: Growing Up Italian in America”. Seventeen vintage photos enhance the narrative. This gritty memoir chronicles the vibrant life of Karl 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.
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Midwest Book Review (Oregon, Wisconsin) - 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.
WGBH, Boston Massachusetts - Book Cover - Ron Della Chiesa
“...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!”
WBZ, Boston, Massachusetts - Website - Jordan Rich
"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."
Post Gazette newspaper - Boston, Massachusetts - Claude Marsilia
“… 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.”
Author, Columnist - Amazon.com - Michelle Dunn
"Karl Bossi writes a riveting and inspiring memoir that you won't be able to put down. Being from Rhode Island and traveling into Boston quite often, this book was especially interesting to me. He tells about the details of his life and how they have made him the person he is today, how the events and people in his life have influenced him. It takes courage to write a book like this and I encourage everyone to read this book. You will laugh, you will cry, you will never forget it."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014777001
  • Publisher: Karl R. Bossi
  • Publication date: 6/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 1,234,283
  • File size: 675 KB

Meet the Author

Karl R. Bossi, a native of Boston, graduated from Northeastern University and left home for the U.S. Air Force. Bossi served in the Far East, Europe, and the USA and led a bomb disposal team in Vietnam. After a 23 year career serving in Japan, Vietnam, Spain, and Turkey, he retired as a lieutenant colonel and became an aerospace logistic engineer in Albuquerque, NM. Bossi holds graduate degrees in counseling and guidance and procurement management, and is a published writer, published photographer, and web blogger.
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