Moments in Flight: A Memoir
Brings the immigrant story full circle; recovers lost history; shares hard-earned practical wisdom
Stunning memoir shares hard-earned practical wisdom, recovers lost history, and brings the immigrant story full circle.
Set in the last half century of transformative cultural change, Jo-Ann Vega’s memoir is a memory-keeper's engaging and wide ranging coverage of how the times affected the author and the country. The popularity of ancestry research confirms the deep hunger for authenticity, connection, meaning, and self-knowledge.
Vega says, "I'd like readers to enjoy the journey, get reacquainted with history, and open the door to dialogue with others. That's a picture of me on the cover, the background of the 50th birthday poster that others signed, a number who are no longer with us. All we have are moments to hold on to, capture, and try to make sense of."Part 1 is an extended eulogy to the immigrants of the south Bronx and the children who played on the streets without parental supervision—with horse-drawn vegetable and fruit wagons, malocchio, bocce, macaroni in numbered boxes, Uncle Dan the bookie, and Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra at Yankee Stadium. Part 2 details the impact of her famiglia’s relocation to suburbia, and her own coming of age during the relentless cultural upheavals of the 1970s. Part 3 is a bridge to today and life after work and parents.
Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 233 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 14, 2020)
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs