Stories and Places I Remember: A Collection of Short Stories by Joe Giordano

Synopsis - 

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.

Review - 

I read and reviewed one of this author's previous books - Appointment with ISIS - and really enjoyed it. So I was intrigued to check out his latest collection of short stories. What a shift in genres!

After reading the first few stories I had to stop and check out the book's description again to confirm if these stories were fiction or non-fiction. Why? There is a sense of reality to each story that, in the beginning, made me forget that he wasn't telling about his childhood. They felt like real memories and that made the book initially read like a memoir.  As the stories continue around the world with different characters, you do quickly realize that they are not all of one person's journey. However, Giordano still imbues each of the stories with the sense that the person who did experience that moment is sharing it with the reader.  That is not easy to accomplish. I am impressed.

If you haven't tried reading a short story collection before, this would be a good start. The beauty of a collection like this is that you can pick the book up, read a chapter or two, then put it down, take breaks while reading it, and never worry about remembering where you are at as each chapter stands on it's own. Finish a chapter and you're done until the next time you pick the book up.

I truly enjoyed reading Stories and Places I Remember. 

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My review of his previous book - Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Thriller

Meet The Author - 
New author interview - HERE!
June 2017 Interview on his author journey - HERE

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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