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Small Mediums at Large
     

Small Mediums at Large

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by Terry Iacuzzo
 

A Six Feet Under-style story of a family of psychics by one of America's most trusted clairvoyants.

Most weekends in the 1950s, the Iacuzzo house in Buffalo, New York, was filled with adults and children from around the neighborhood. If Mary Iacuzzo wasn't yelling at the women to stop hanging on to cheating husbands, then the neighborhood kids were screaming and

Overview

A Six Feet Under-style story of a family of psychics by one of America's most trusted clairvoyants.

Most weekends in the 1950s, the Iacuzzo house in Buffalo, New York, was filled with adults and children from around the neighborhood. If Mary Iacuzzo wasn't yelling at the women to stop hanging on to cheating husbands, then the neighborhood kids were screaming and running from the messages daughter Rosemary was delivering from dead relatives. Son Frank recounted his dreams-which often came true-as he prepared his younger sisters for school each morning. Terry, the youngest, obsessively began counting tiles and tracing patterns in an attempt to cope with the mass of information about other people's lives that flooded her tiny being. And from behind the bar of his restaurant, their father doled out predictions on everything from horse races to politics.

This is the ordinary and extraordinary Sicilian family out of which sprang one of the country's most prominent psychics, Terry Iacuzzo, who has such a high-powered client list that it will remain a secret till her dying day. It's the story of the spiritual underground of 1960s and 1970s New York City. It's the story of the birth of a great seer. As Marisa Tomei has said, Terry Iacuzzo's "life has to be a movie."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cosmo Girl! columnist Iacuzzo grew up in a family of seers-including brother Frank, also a celebrity psychic-where fortune-telling, s ances and prophetic visions were a daily routine. But psychological factors, including her mother's coldness and her brother's temper, loom larger than psychic phenomena in this spirited and affecting coming-of-age memoir. School was "excruciating" for young Terry, but she, like her siblings, had only to think of blood to get a nose bleed (and a hall pass); later, prescience about her classmates' cheating boyfriends earned her social cachet. Following Frank (her "real mother") to New York after high school, Iacuzzo bounced between apartments and jobs, dropped acid religiously, discovered her sexuality, steeped herself in the effervescent confluence of the blossoming gay and New Age spiritualist subcultures of the 1960s and '70s and finally settled down to offering startling psychic insights to VIP clients. There are a few too many recollected conversations from decades past and trippy descriptions of her LSD-fueled visionary trances, and skeptics may doubt her tales of bizarre paranormal happenings. But her story is full of colorful, well-observed characters, and her insights into more everyday occurrences-such as her tense, poignant account of a visit by her working-class, homophobic father to Frank's wealthy, flamboyant, gay demimonde-prove her a skilled portrayer of familial complexities and disaffection, both normal and paranormal. Agent, Candice Fuhrman. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Renowned medium and Cosmo Girl! columnist Iacuzzo tells all in this surprisingly charming autobiography. Born in Buffalo, NY, to a family of Italian psychics, she explores the realities of growing up in a dysfunctional household. Her emotionally unavailable mother, Mary, thrives on predicting the perils of her neighbors' relationships, while her father, Andy, entertains his friends by successfully forecasting winners in horse races. Then there are her sister, Rosemary, who terrifies acquaintances by predicting catastrophes, and her brother, Frank, who amuses the other children with feats of psychic prowess. When Frank departs for the metropolitan thrills of Manhattan in the 1960s, Terry is close behind. Much of the book chronicles Terry's struggle with drugs and insecurity, along with her quest for a spiritual calling in bohemian New York City. Comparable to HBO's Six Feet Under, this work offers its own insights into dysfunctionality and recovery. Recommended for large public libraries with books like Maryrose Occhino's Beyond These Four Walls: Diary of a Psychic Medium and Jess Stearn's Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet.-Lynne F. Maxwell, Villanova Univ. Sch. of Law Lib., PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Professional psychic Iacuzzo convincingly messes with the time-space continuum in her memoir of life in a dysfunctional family of clairvoyants. Like her brother Frank, who went on to become a renowned psychic, the author had visions from an early age. She could moderate their steady flow ("I can choose to look away if I want to," she later explained to a client), but she hadn't a clue what they were all about. In addition to being terrified of her powers, young Terry was also afraid of her unpredictable mother. That may account for the quirky, shy, matter-of-fact menace of her book's tone. It's nothing, in Iacuzzo's account, to spend day after day tripping on acid or wandering through the seamiest parts of New York City. She's already seen it all while learning to steel herself against the parapsychological onslaught. Her story has the ring of authenticity, because Iacuzzo describes exactly what she experiences. Watching Lee Harvey Oswald get shot as a teenager, she writes, brought her abilities into focus: "A murder, an altering of life miles away, this real-life event as it was happening on a black-and-white television screen, showed me how my brain and my body worked. It gave me a way into my own visions . . . it was at this moment that I understood the power of my ability to direct myself to a specific place in time." When she could call her visions into specific focus, she could "watch the future." It wasn't easy, though she had a knack for interpretation: once, seeing a vision of a woman rocking her empty arms, she realized that the client before her had just undergone an abortion. Apparently, she had some previous practice; other psychics told her that in an earlier life she was amagician and a priestess. Iacuzzo continues to work in New York City today. A chilling treat for those who believe the universe contains more than meets the eye. Agent: Candice Fuhrman/Candice Fuhrman Literary Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399152351
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
12/29/2004
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.18(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Terry Iacuzzo was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She and her brother, Frank Andrews, have been practicing psychics in New York City for more than thirty years. She writes for various women's magazines and has a monthly column in Cosmo Girl! called "Ask the Psychic."

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Small Mediums at Large 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Baby boomer Ask the Psychic Cosmo Girl columnist Terry Iacuzzo writes an intriguing second insightful biography that showcases growing up in Buffalo and beyond as an adult as part of a fortune telling family of seers. The acclaimed psychic provides a complete picture including non-paranormal relationships as much as the otherworldly séances and visions. Whether you believe or not, this is a terrific bio that showcases a family that dared to be different yet had dysfunctional elements such as a fortune telling matriarch who could work the other side but was unable to nurture her children. Most interesting is the teenage Terry who used her powers to gain social acceptance in high school. The 1950s through 1970s dialogues are fascinating especially the supernatural claims even if a doubting Thomasina questions recall during the drug haze of the Nixon era. Still this remains a superb engaging memoir of a complex convoluted family where the incredible is accepted as the norm, but the norm is questionable at best................. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was mezmerizing! I couldnt put it down! Terry is a great storyteller. Her stories will make you laugh, make you think, make you wonder, make you sad, and some of them will make you scratch your head and say WOW!!! Be prepared for a journey because Terry takes you on one fantasic trip!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where to begin? This is not your ordinary book, to say the least. I don't know what I was expecting, but what I got was an eye-opening look in to the life, mind and times of a pretty extraordinary woman. Terry writes with gut-wrenching honesty about growing up in a household where conversing with spirits and foretelling the future was standard dinner conversation. What makes the story really fascinating is the straightforward way in which Terry recounts her life. Given, the daily events of Terry's childhood are way off the 'normal' chart, but she writes about them with such openness that you become part of her (sometimes) kooky life and in the process, oddly, come to understand your own family and its (dys) functions in your life. I expected to be entertained by Terry's paranormal tale, but I didn't expect to be sobered up, enlightened and encouraged by it as well. Consider 'Small Mediums...' a must read and a needed guide in (after) life-lessons!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I opened this book intending to read a single chapter. Hours later, a hungry child complaining, I still had not put it down. This is a book about life and the hidden tools we have to experience and survive the ordinary and the extraordinary. It is my new years gift to all of my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get a copy of the UNCORRECTED version of this book before it has come out. I must say that if you have read any of the books by John Edward, James Van Praaugh, George Anderson, Brian Hurst, Suzan Northrop and found any of there stories to be slightly interesting then you are in for a wonderful treat. I loved all there stories, but Terry's life story is so jam packed full of on the edge no holds barred living, that you will be left stunned at times. If some Hollywood people don't make her life a movie, especially with all the new psychic mini series on TV, I will be shocked. Terry lived more years per single page in her book that I'm sure she lived enough for many reincarnations. I think anyone form all walks of life will be glued to every word in this exciting life. What a wonderful person!