The Peanut Vendor

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Xlibris Corporation, Apr 20, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 565 pages
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Contents

Preface
7
BEFORE AMERICA
9
BYE BYE 124 MULBERRY STREET
25
A BUS RIDE
38
KELLY
51
THE OLD NUN
62
PAPA GOES HOME
75
SOLITAIRE
87
AWAKENING
244
FRANK STANKOWITZ
257
SOMETHING ROTTEN
268
THREE WOMEN
297
ADELE SIMONSON
307
BACK TO the REAL REALITY
323
19421946
348
SEWARDPARK
365

SELLING PEANUTS
91
THE QUARANTINE HOUSE
107
MISS ANNA
115
MY TWO DOLLARS
129
MISS MAY
139
THE CHURCH AT MOUNT LORETTO
147
BREAKFAST
152
SISTER MARY KEVIN
155
MISS ANNA AND I
168
THE LADY OF AUTUMN
178
SCHOOL
189
MY FIRST CONFESSION
203
A KICK OUT OF LIFE
221
DOCTOR PHILIP BUNSICK
372
MRS MURPHY AND THE BROOKLYN DOCTORS
380
MISERY AND ECSTASY
403
ALONE AGAIN SPRING IS ALMOST HERE
425
MRS FIFE
431
MISS WITTENBERG AND SPRING
449
THE SMILING IRISHMAN FATHER KEANE
455
SHERMAN AND MR NATHANSUMMER OF 48
471
DIANA MY FUTURE
479
THE LAST JOURNEY
506
A HEALTH ODYSSEY
527
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About the author (2011)

Ernie Fabiitti was born in New York City in 1931. He and his younger brother Johnny spent eight years in Mount Loretto Home for Boys on Staten Island after a short and unsatisfactory stay at another home. The death of their mother when they were small children precipitated the need for someone to care for them while their father worked. Ernie also had two older brothers and an infant sister, who was taken in by family friends. He received a bachelor's degree in English from City College of New York in 1957 and a master's degree from New York University in 1960. He taught English for 30 years at John Adams High School in Ozone Park, New York. This is the story of a boy who endured many hospital stays as the result of an injury sustained in a childhood fight, including one that lasted a full year. It also recounts the struggles of his father to support Ernie and Johnny from afar. The elder Fabiitti, who had only one arm, the result of a childhood accident in Italy, worked to support his family as a pushcart vendor of peanuts in New York City. The book is the story of enduring love between a husband and his deceased wife and a father for his children necessarily placed where he did not want them to be. It is also the story of many selfless teachers and caregivers - nuns, priests, nurses and public school teachers - who helped Ernie and Johnny to grow up as confident and competent adults.

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