Amazon Best Seller in:
- "New Releases in Ethnic & National Biographies"
- "New Releases in Memoirs"
A sardonic expedition into a small-town ethnic childhood and post-World War II America-and how to survive Rust Belt hard times.
- "poignant and fascinating"-Schenectady Gazette
- "polished and gently humored ... a graceful blending of personal insights with historical content ... The author's voice as a professional historian is memorable and accessible."-BookLife Prize
- "rollicking...sardonic charm...imaginative prose...self-deprecating humor...Pietrusza's story-telling skills carry the day. Anyone who has ever thought longingly about days gone by in picture-perfect small towns will devour these enjoyable reminiscences."-BookLife
- "This book is just so much fun. Don't even think about it or ask why."-Dean Karayanis, Host, "The History Author Show"
- "terrific...I found myself...laughing out loud numerous times...amazingly good..."-Matt Lewis, Sr. Columnist at The Daily Beast, CNN Political Commentator
- "a colorful, poignant memoir of a time and place as much as it is a man's life. The author shares anecdotes about immigration, culture, and community that will inform, inspire, and entertain. For readers who like slice-of-life memoirs that are as rowdy as they are touching."-IndieReader.com
- "Delightful, sweet and funny."-Bob Bellafiore, Political Commentator
- "I have always enjoyed reading the historical works by David Pietrusza. Without a doubt, David's personal memoir is an absolute home run David remembers his growing up with both wonderful stories and great eloquence. This is a must-read with the pure joy of a great storyteller demonstrated on every page." -John F. Rothmann, Talk Show Host, KGO 810 AM (SF)
- "Love this book Terrific writing and wonderful stories "-Author Linda C. Wisniewski
At last...a memoir finally worthy of comparison to the uproariously funny fiction of the great Jean Shepherd, author and narrator of the beloved A Christmas Story
Only...it's all true. Sometimes...sadly true.
Award-winning presidential historian and baseball scholar David Pietrusza's witty and wise tale of growing up in the 1950s and 60s, Too Long Ago
is no Leave It to Beaver
or Father Knows Best
episode. It's a unique glimpse into an unjustly ignored and forgotten immigrant experience-Eastern European and devoutly pre-Vatican II Catholic. A tale of a tight-knit Polish community, transplanted from tiny, impoverished Hapsburg-ruled villages to a hardscrabble, hardworking, hard-drinking Upstate New York mill town. It's how the first rust corroded the Rust Belt, sidetracking dreams but not hope.
It's a lively saga of secrets and hard times, of insanity, of manslaughter and murder, of war and postwar, Depression and Recession, racetracks and religions, books and bar rooms, unforgettable personalities and vastly unpronounceable names, of characters and character, of popular culture (often surprisingly high by today's standards), of homelessness, of immigration-first to America and then from Rust Belt to Sun Belt-of vices and virtues, and how a sickly, bookwormish boy who loved history and the presidents finally discovered a national pastime and made it his own.
Alternately sharp-edged and warm-hearted-sometimes shocking and always surprising-Too Long Ago
is a poignant tour-de-force, a no-stopping-for-breath, coming-of-age narrative, akin to cross-breeding Jean Shepherd's boisterous A Christmas Story
with Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo's gritty semi-autobiographical novel Mohawk
(set mere miles from Too Long Ago
) and presenting the genre-bending result in the mesmerizing form of a decidedly non-WASPY rendition of an epic Spalding Gray monolog.
About the Author
David Pietrusza's books include 1920: The Year of Six Presidents; Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series; 1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America's Role in the World; 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies; and 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR--Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny. Rothstein was a finalist for an Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category, and 1920 was honored by Kirkus Reviews as among their Books of the Year. Pietrusza has appeared on Good Morning America, Morning Joe, The Voice of America, The History Channel, ESPN, NPR, AMC, and C-SPAN. He has spoken at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, The National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the Harry S Truman library and Museum, and various universities and festivals. He lives in Scotia, New York. Visit davidpietrusza.com.