Book Title: To Every Page a Turning: One Life’s Journey
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 284 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release date: April, 2021
Content Rating: PG. Content not suitable for young children.
A parallel to Buccellato’s own life, the main character in To Every Page A Turning: One Life’s Journey considers the trials and tribulations throughout his life, beginning in the 1950s. Traveling through hope, a great cause, disenchantment, hopelessness, discovery, and rebirth, the novel also recounts the travel of a generation as they move through time.
Guest Post by Carl Buccellato
A Most Memorable Birthday
I suppose all birthdays are somewhat memorable just for the sake of aging one year older. The mere fact of aging, rather than the clear end, is a win.
I have often said, “I never had a birthday party as a child.” To my memory, I never did —a cake, yes, but not a party.
It was a hot evening in July of 1992. I arrived home from work after a long week of travel and meetings. I parked my car in the garage and attempted to enter the house, only to find the inside garage door locked (wise security, but not the habit at the time).
I walked around to the main entrance of my home. Entering, I heard a surge of cheers and loud cries of “SURPRISE!!” I was shocked as I look around seeing smiling faces of friends and family — some having traveled great distances to be here to surprise me and celebrate my 50th birthday.
I then notice something very odd. All of these people were dressed as children and the rooms were filled with balloons and toys, joyfully eating candies and popcorn. This was indeed a child’s party—my childhood party that I never had as a child. The menu was filled with youthful selections, PB&J sandwiches, hot dogs, tons of candy and ice cream, and dozens of toys that would later be donated to a local church. I was given a change of clothes: a t-shirt, shorts, and a cap with a propeller on top. I laughed and sang songs and just had the most wonderful time being celebrated and being a child again.
The crowning event was the presentation of my birthday cake, ablaze with candles and decorated with toy cowboys and Indians.
All in all, a great memory!
About the Author
Carl Buccellato was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, and is of Italian-American descent. Throughout his career and travels, Carl has met a broad array of different people. Some, down on their luck, some at the pinnacle of their careers and personal lives. Many of the people and their stories left a mark on Carl’s heart and mind. It is from some of these encounters that Carl has drawn inspiration for a few of the fictitious characters in this novel. Today, Carl resides in Coral Springs, Florida, with his wife Mary Ellen. She is an award-winning multimedia artist and speaker. Together, Carl and Mary Ellen love traveling the globe and looking for new inspiration for their gifts and talents given to them by their loving God.
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