Moments in Flight: A Memoir

Brings the immigrant story full circle; recovers lost history; shares hard-earned practical wisdom

by Jo-Ann Vega

Moments in Flight: A Memoir

Moments in Flight: A Memoir

Brings the immigrant story full circle; recovers lost history; shares hard-earned practical wisdom

by Jo-Ann Vega

Published Dec 14, 2020
233 Pages
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs


Book Details

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 chronicles personal voyages of discovery beyond traditional boundaries of gender and culture. It begins with 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. Vega details the impact of her famiglia’s relocation to suburbia, and her own coming of age during the relentless cultural upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. She then seamlessly forms a bridge to today and life after work and parents. Crafted from 40 years’ worth of writing and journaling, Moments in Flight also features useful websites, historical timelines, and a Book Club Discussion Guide.

Moments in Flight: A Memoir is a superlative effort by a woman with deep affections for her family and her past. She writes with sensitivity and compassion for the events and people who shaped her life.
PRIMO Magazine, For And About Italians, Volume 23/#2

From the very first page, Vega's artful autobiography, Moments in Flight: A Memoir, pulls the reader into the happy, sad, and surprising events that shaped her life. Her writing style is delightfully fast paced, honest, and filled with twists and turns that blend notable experiences into a fascinating story that keeps the reader wanting to know more...Beautiful work.
Margaret Goodwin, Ph.D


Book Excerpt


"To say that Jo-Ann Vega has a way with words is clearly an understatement.
Moments in Flight is the type of book that holds you hostage until the story ends. And then you want more. It engages the reader by combining an intriguing personal journey which intersects with the historical events of a very tremulous time in our country...beautifully chronicles the different and painful stages we all experience...while coming of age and finding 'our' voice. Vega has, through her prose, captured our imaginations and our hearts!"
Dr. Maria Vallejo, Retired Provost & Vice President,
     Palm Beach State College, FL

"What makes Vega's memoir stand out is that she intersperses her personal experiences with observations about the momentous national and international events that occurred while she was growing up, such as the assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, the Vietnam war... sexual revolution...race riots...recreational drugs... Vega's diary entries from that time and her poems add to the picture she paints of the country coming of age when she did."

     Dr. Mary Starke, Professor of Clinical Psychology,
     Ramapo College, NJ


About the Author

Jo-Ann Vega

Jo-Ann Vega, a proud Italian-American whose roots in America began in 1903, is a published author and dynamic speaker with 30 years of experience presenting to academic, business, and community groups. Jo-Ann lives with her life partner and canine companion.