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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159858670X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598586701
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,538,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After 33 years of teaching English, coaching athletics and forensics, participating in triathlons and serving as a union president, Lou speaks publicly on his expertise, Those Death Defying Baby Boomers! And No Teachers Left Behind along with other motivational topics.

Lou is also the author of Clown Town, a true story/social Chicago history of a baby boomer's struggle with death phobia filtered through a child's perspective. Profits from his book go to The American Cancer Society.

Lou also holds a B.S. in Journalism, an M.A. in Education and a CSA in Curriculum. He is an active member of the Chicago Writers' Association and the Italian American Writers' Association in New York.

Lou speaks to teachers, business organizations, various clubs, and service groups on life inspiring topics such as Those Death Defying Baby Boomers and No Teacher Left Behind. His energy and humor spark enthusiasm with any crowd.

The Warming Sicilian Son, BrickHouse Books, is now available on Amazon.com. His murder-mystery-inspired-by-a-true-story is tentatively scheduled for publication in October of this year.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Wood on July 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Lou Macaluso has managed to capture the dichotomy between the ease of growing up in the simpler times of the 1950s, and the emotional turmoil of buried feelings that era promoted. This story pulls you into another time and place immediately - the vibrant culture of a Chicago neighborhood, which we experience through the fun-loving and mischeivous young Pudgie. The child's antics, observations, and interactions with rich and rewarding characters made me laugh, cry and wonder. Mingled with the innocent (and sometimes not so innocent) capers, the author did a sensational job of tackling serious issues as well. As a series of deaths innundate Pudgie's world, we learn of the boy's growing phobia and quest to figure out what death means to him. Coupled with Pudgie's insecurites and about a lazy eye, which lead to some serious questions about his own character, these issues make a rich plot that provides plenty of opportunity for introspection for the reader. But make no mistake - this book is fun! It takes you back in time to wild rides in '57 chevy convertibles, playing detective in backyards, and croons from Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley. The writing is wonderful - very straightforward and sharp. This is a quick read because you will want to stay in one spot until you finish it. I will definitely be recommending it to my friends and family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Red J. Comb on July 15, 2013
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When I first heard of this book, I ordered it instantly, having grown up close enough to the author to have known virtually all of the places he mentions, if not necessarily the people. Then I thought, the premise sounds too good to be true. The real book can't possbily be as good as it sounds. But I needn't have worried. There are plenty of specfic place references to satisfy any would-be historian of the area. But Clown Town is much more than that. It is a very moving story of love, fear, guilt and loss, set in the context of the tragic and still remembered December 1958 school fire that claimed nearly 100 lives, and the famed plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and Big Bopper. I tried to make it last all weekend, but I just couldn't put it down, and finished it in a few hours. Even the cover illustration perfectly evokes the author's immediate neighborhood (which was always a bit mysterious to me). I could go on forever praising this book. You don't have to have grown up less than a mile away from the author to like, but it helps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bt on July 1, 2011
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I did not know the man who wrote the book personally. I knew of him because we lived in the same area. I did know a few of the characters and all the locations he wrote about in the book. Talk about going back down Memory Lane! It was a quick and enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Black on December 25, 2013
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I grew up in Riverdale along with Lou and the other characters ( and some were characters!) in the book. Needless to say a few years have passed since the events Lou described and they have faded from my memory. This book brings back the magic of the last truly shielded generation. We were allowed to grow up without the worries imposed on us by mass electronic media. Childhood was innocent and safe for those of us in Riverdale. I fear it won't happen again in this world, but this book will serve as a clear picture of the beauty of those days. I suggest everybody try growing up in Riverdale in the 50's for a while. I think you'll like it.
Thanks, Lou, you did Miss Hickey proud.
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