Monday, November 21, 2011

Spotlight - Frank Zaccari author of Inside The Spaghetti Bowl

Join Frank Zaccari, author of the family/relationships book, Inside the Spaghetti Bowl (Createspace), as he virtually tours the blogosphere November 14 – December 16 2011 on his second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About the Book...
The book is based on the last eight days of our mother’s life. It is a celebration of life, family, culture and tradition. As my relatives came to pay their last respects, we heard so many wonderful stories about the trials and sacrifices made by our parents and grandparents so we could live the American dream.

This is a book about family and unconditional love through the good times and bad. It is about a family who is and always will be there for each other no matter what. We hope you see your family in this book and the memories make you smile.

Read the Excerpt...
The squeaky clean smell of antiseptic starched the air. The sounds of people speaking in urgent but hushed tones could be heard in the overcrowded room where my mother, Carmela (Carm Zaccari), lay in her hospital bed surrounded by my father, three brothers, two sisters, all of my nieces and nephews, and my Aunt Mary (Mom’s sister). My brother Frank nudged his teenage daughter Sara and quietly said, “Look around the room. Whom do you see?”
“Family.”

Frank replied, “That’s right, because when it really matters, all that you have is your family. Look at Grandpa. They have been married for fifty-seven years, and he is still there holding her hand. That’s what family and unconditional love is all about. As you get older and start thinking about marriage, I want you to remember this scene. I want you to make sure that you are positive that the man you marry will be there holding your hand fifty-seven years later at your death bed.

About the Author...
A native of western New York, Frank Zaccari earned a degree in finance from California State University at Sacramento after serving as a military medic in the U.S. Air Force. He spent over 25 years in the high-tech industry holding positions from account representative to CEO, and for nearly 20 years specialized in turn-around management of companies under 100 million dollars. Upon becoming a single, custodial parent after nearly 25 years of marriage, he left an industry that he loved to buy a small business in order to be home to raise his children. He is currently the owner of an insurance agency and resides in Sacramento, California. Inside the Spaghetti Bowl is Frank Zaccari’s third book. Previous books are: When the Wife Cheats and From The Ashes: The Rise of the University of Washington Volleyball Program.

You can visit his website at www.frankzaccari.com.
Visit him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001207722973

In Frank's Own Words...

“Make damn sure that all my grandchildren and great grandchildren go to college, or I will come back and haunt all of you,” joked my mother Carm Zaccari with her children as she lay in her hospital bed two days before passing away. This was just one of the many jokes and stories you will find in the book “Inside the Spaghetti Bowl”.
Every family goes through difficult times when a loved one becomes ill. Even though your parents have lived a long and meaningful life, it is never easy to see them grow old and sick. “Inside the Spaghetti Bowl” is collaboration with my brothers Anthony and Steve. It is the actual story of our family dealing with the failing health of our mother.
This book is a celebration of life, family, culture and tradition as we document the last eight days of our mother’s life. “Inside the Spaghetti Bowl” shares the tales about the memories, trials and sacrifices made by our parents and grandparents that allowed the family to live the American dream.
The book’s main theme discusses the unconditional love families share through the good and the bad. I hope the readers will see their own family as they catch a glimpse into my family, a family that is always there for each other no matter what the cost.
“Inside the Spaghetti Bowl” discusses specific events that shaped the lives of three generations.  It is not a self-help book, discussing how to cope with aging parents, but simply a story about putting family first.
The inspiration came when I was flying across the country to come back to my hometown three times in three months. As I heard the stories regarding the history, traditions, culture, good times and sad times, I knew I was not the only ‘baby boomer’ facing this heartbreaking task. I hope readers see their family in this book, and the memories make them smile. 

Frank will be attending Pump Up Your Book’s 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Party on December 16.  More than 50 books, gifts and cash awards will be given away including a paperback copy of Inside the Spaghetti Bowl!  Visit the official party page here!

**  Thank you kindly Frank for stopping by The Marsh and sharing yourself with us all~!!  We wish you the best in success in all that you do~!!  **