Book Review: Stories and Places I Remember by Joe Giordano

Humorous and poignant, Stories and Places I Remember will take you around the world from the streets of Brooklyn to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Meet Anthony in 1950s and 1960s Brooklyn, then journey with a host of other delightful, contemporary characters portrayed in twenty-six tales set in New York, Texas, Brazil, Greece, Ireland, the Middle East, and Italy that will tickle your wanderlust.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read a couple of Joe Giordano’s books and especially liked Birds of Passage, so I had a feeling I’d enjoy these short stories. I wasn’t wrong!

The first few stories are about Anthony, a kid in Brooklyn in the 1950s and 1960s. He’s Italian, and his parents are immigrants, and he has some interesting stories to tell. The rest of the stories about other people in New York and several other states and countries.

All of the stories in Stories and Places I Remember are short and to the point, and I enjoyed every one of them. What I especially liked was that there was no way how to tell how each story would end. Different people make different choices, and that shows well here. From laugh out loud funny to horrifying to sad, there’s a taste of everything.

If you don’t have time to sit down and read a novel, this is a great book to pick up and read a story at a time. I hope Joe Giordano has more of these stories to come!

About the Author

Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. His father and grandparents immigrated to New York from Italy. He and his wife Jane now live in Texas.

As a former 3M International Executive Vice President, Joe experienced the global cultures and locations he writes about.

Joe’s stories have appeared in more than one hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, and Shenandoah. His novel, Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story (2015), and Appointment with ISIL, an Anthony Provati Thriller (2017) were published by Harvard Square Editions. Rogue Phoenix Press published Drone Strike in 2019.

Joe was among one hundred Italian American authors honored by Barnes & Noble to march in the 2017 Manhattan, Columbus Day Parade.

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