Zappala reminisces about parochial grammar school in 'Bless Me Sister'

May 13, 2015 1563

By Terry Date

Tom Zappala, 62, is back in the old Italian neighborhood this spring day dropping by the place where he grew up, home to memories that unfold on the pages in his book "Bless Me Sister." 

It's a nostalgic and often humorous look back to the late 1950s and 1960s in a six-block area rich in Italian-American culture, a time when recorded opera music drifted from open windows and mothers and fathers called out from stoops for their children to come inside from playing.

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