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Creative Nonfiction

City of Steel... Hearts of Gold, My Lackawanna

  • Authored by Ralph J. Galanti Jr., Authored by Joanna B. Nervo


    6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm) 
    Black & White on Cream paper
    318 pages
    ISBN-13: 978-0692246276 
    ISBN-10: 0692246274 
    BISAC: Fiction / Family Life


    This story takes place in the city of Lackawanna during the 1930s. It is a story dedicated to the men and women of Lackawanna, a small steel city in upstate New York. It is loosely centered around the life and times of one of its prominent citizens, Ralph J. Galanti, Sr. The events of the book take place during the years of 1932 and 1933. It also touches upon the early years in Lackawanna, the Western New York area and the migration of the book’s characters from their homeland Italy. Many facets of these incredible years will be touched upon: the Great Depression, steel making, ethnic cultures, the political atmosphere, crime, home-grown stories of its citizens and of course, the famous Our Lady of Victory Basilica and its legendary founder, Father Nelson Baker. The book relates stories of many of the immigrants and first generation Americans who lived in an era that Tom Brokaw called, “The Greatest Generation.” Many parts of this book are true to life and factual in content. Other parts are stories I have heard throughout my life and may be factual but also exaggerated. Some parts are a total figment of my imagination that was developed through the association with many of these characters in the book. This is not to diminish the special people who were part of this era but only to bring out what a wonderful era it was even though there were many hardships. Although this story is fictional and loosely based on some actual characters, I hope that those of you who read this book will capture the essence of the era, the courage of its people and the enjoyment they had in spite of the adversities of the times. This is a unique tale of how good triumphs over evil.

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