Mr. Copacabana: An American History by Night. In 1998, in a book about the singer Dean Martin, my father was described with one sentence saying that he was a “front man” for the Mafia. In a dozen other books I’d read that mentioned my father, this description had never been used and it hurt to […]
I’m Staying with My Boys is a firsthand look inside the life of one of the greatest heroes of the Greatest Generation. Sgt. John Basilone held off 3,000 Japanese troops at Guadalcanal as his 15-member squad was reduced to three men. At Iwo Jima, he led an attack that destroyed an enemy blockhouse, allowing the Marines to capture a critical airfield. Minutes later, he was killed by an enemy mortar round. He was the only Marine in World War II to have received the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, and a Purple Heart and is arguably the most famous Marine of all time.
This is my new book about the year I spent living with my father in the Logan Inn in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Our family had been split up, with my mother and youngest brother, Timmy, going to Kingston, New York, to the big white wedding cake house on Albany Avenue where her mother, my grandmother, […]