Tony Compagno’s collection of reminiscences and reflections may not bring anything new to the table, but his special brand of “seasoning” makes the familiar and seemingly prosaic details of our little lives more palatable. Working his way through the calendar year, the author offers vignettes revealing the rich interaction of husbands and wives, parents and children, teachers and students, people in general coming to terms with their vulnerability and humanness and sometimes stifled capacity for love. Depending primarily on humor, Compagno explores events surrounding traditional holidays such as Halloween and Christmas, and some obscure ones such as the birthday of Mickey Rooney or Sadie Hawkins Day. He looks at seasons of the year and what they add to (by extracting from) the human spirit. The book is one big celebration of the times of our lives, a feast wherein the most mundane meal becomes ambrosia.
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