“Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine”
Released January 2015
I can’t recall the first memory I have of my Grandpa Frank, but I can recall the many Sundays at his home just listening to him speak. He told of stories of coming to America with ten dollars in his pocket and his best girl by his side. When he laughed, you could see his stained teeth from all those cigars he smoked since the age of twelve. His face was worn from working outside at the trolley yards and his hands had calluses and scars. Grandpa Frank was a slim man with wavy white hair. I’m sure, in his youth, he must have been an attractive man, but to me he was just my Grandpa Frank. An old man who always had time to sit with me and listen to my worries, hopes and insecurities. Whether I was eight years old or sixteen years old, I could always depend on Grandpa Frank for a listening ear. He was never hard to find either. From my house to his, it was a quick bike ride and all down hill too! Pass the town bank, cross the street at the market, turn left across the tracks, and you entered the Italian side of town. Grandpa Frank and Grandma Marie moved into the two story white house after they left Brooklyn. Grandpa said the Italian section was called Goat’s Island, because so many of the families had goats in their yards. I don’t remember Grandpa Frank having goats — I guess he got tired of taking care of them. There was one thing he never got tired of caring for, and that was his grapevine. (Prologue)
Linda Massucci captures the heart of family values in ‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’. The flashbacks throughout the story will find the reader laughing and reflecting about their own family memories and adventures as a child. The bond between the main character’s, Elizabeth and Grandpa Frank, will have readers wanting to be a part of their special relationship.
‘Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine’ is a must read for anyone who yearns for a simpler time in life or just that ‘special person’ who is always there to provide guidance and wisdom with unconditional love. Maybe this world would be a lot easier if we all had a Grandpa Frank. Until then, let’s hope Miss Massucci keeps writing.
‘A warm portrayal of small town family life that reinforces old fashioned values often missing today. Focusing on a multigenerational Italian family, it explores the ties that bind them together while at the same time occasionally creating distance between family members. Grandpa is the patriarch of this family and his simply expressed wisdom provides words to live by. This is a book that touches the heart. ‘
‘With a copy of the book Legacy of Grandpa’s Grapevine in hand, I took a few days and escaped to my sister’s cabin in the Adirondacks. It was the perfect setting to read this wonderful book. I was taken back to my childhood days growing up in a similar small town in Connecticut where family was everything. Many connections were made, which led to thoughtful reflection and laugh out loud moments. Even if you are not Italian, you know the Manciano family. Massucci bring the characters alive on each page and there are many moments that will warm your heart. I look forward to reading more about Elizabeth.’
‘Linda Massucci’s memoir is a joy and delight to read. The reader is transported to a beautiful growing up experience. Her grandpa’s advice about following her dreams is worth gold. Highly recommended.’