Greetings From Belleville, New Jersey
by Anthony Buccino
Buccino's first collection of Belleville-only writings
This is Buccino's fourth collection of essays but the first wholly dedicated to his collected writings about Belleville.
GREETINGS FROM BELLEVILLE, NEW JERSEY Collected writings includes more than 40 essays and reflections on everything from junior high school bullies to selling pretzels for Ed Strat at Belleville High School football games at Municipal Stadium.
Buccino writes about those duck-and-cover drills in elementary school, junior high school bullies, and high school joy riding to Monk's Castle and Albino Village. Spanning six decades, this collection shares the bitter and the sweet, all in an ultimate tribute to growing up in this middle class township in northern New Jersey.
Buccino writes with clarity and humor in his columns about growing up in the second half of the 20th century. He has been called “New Jersey’s Garrison Keillor or something to that effect.” His writing about life in northern New Jersey has been published in area newspapers, Belleville Patch, NJ Voices, Baristanet and other publications.
The author gives a heartfelt glimpse into life in his hometown. It will appeal most to others from similar places, but the nostalgia and reminiscence will appeal to all readers who long for the home and life of their youth. The layout of the front matter makes this book look amateurish, for example, title page and dedication on left-hand pages. The table of contents looks like a draft; there's no tab space between the chapter titles and the page numbers.
The author's writing is friendly and easy to relate to, but sometimes he spends too long discussing things in depth that most readers are already familiar with (like defrosting early electric freezers). The author's friendly voice sounds like a neighbor swapping great stories on the back porch. Readers feel like they know the author, his family, and his town.
The author's casual voice occasionally lends itself to informal grammar and word usage. While many, many details have the ring of familiarity, the author also brings out the unique aspects of his own experience. The author's humor, thankfulness, and openness are the book's greatest assets. The cover image suggests a more rural life than the small town setting depicted in the book.
-- Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
Table of contents
Waiting for Jerry the ice cream man
The pipeline under the power lines
Rainy day children of the summer
Chasing the mosquito man
Air raid drill memories
After the Titanic
Moving down Meacham hill
Pizza for dinner, so very rare
The first robin of spring
Bellwood Crier has-been
Summer peaches in the Rambler
Billy Newtner's bus rides
Yellow cracker school days
Selling pretzels at high school football
Job rock in prose
Peter Pan Revisited, again
Back to school, institutional green
Just another day on Police Beat
Memories of Brookdale soda
Brown bagging lunch through the years
Bob Dylan in Belleville
Flashback, summers and Suntan Lake
How many hammers is enough?
A father's place
On outliving two classmates
Monk's castle joyrides
Do we ever stop missing our folks?
Married to a Christmas nut
Of Taylor ham, skorpers and Ashtabula
Who is Brother, who is Uncle Bim?
At Spatola's Home for funerals
Strangers in old photos
Editor imprisoned in Town Hall
School 10 students surprise Belleville scribe
Remembering a Belleville 'Red Tail' pilot
Italian American roots in Belleville, Nutley
Thankful for growing up in old Belleville
GREETINGS FROM BELLEVILLE, New Jersey, Collected writings
by Anthony Buccino
Print - about 178 pages
Buccino's Work Has Appeared
The Wall St Journal
Dow Jones Newswires
NJ.Com - NJ Voices
The Nutley Sun
The Belleville Times
The Independent Press of Bloomfield
The Glen Ridge Paper
The Nutley Journal
The Belleville Post
New Jersey Monthly
Modern Food Service Magazine
Paterson Literary Review, U.S. 1 Worksheets, Rattlesnake Review, Medusa's Kitchen, Voices In Italian Americana, Edison Literary Review, Journal of New Jersey Poets, CHEST, The Idiom, Fox Chase Review, Up & Under, Caduceus, South Mountain Poets Anthology, MEWS, LIPS, More Sweet Lemons, The Poem Factory, On The Quiet Side, PowWow Review and other places, too!
New Jersey author ANTHONY BUCCINO published sixteen books including four essay collections, three military history books and seven full-length poetry collections. His stories of the 1960s earned a SPJ-NJ Excellence in Journalism award.
His transit blog on NJ.com earned a SPJ-NJ Excellence in Journalism award. His poem At The Vet is nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has been called ' “New Jersey’s ‘Garrison Keillor” or something to that effect.’
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