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Life On The Stoop: Whether you have ever been to Brooklyn or not or lived in the 1940's or not, this is sure to be a treasured book of stories and art for any one. Paperback – February 17, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Philip Bracco (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615452299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615452296
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,727,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As a young teenager, my sister Bridget gave me an art set for my birthday and I immediately became hooked on art and the magic of creating something beautiful from a few tubes of paint and a white canvas. While I had no formal training in fine arts I did study commercial art for a couple of semesters in college. I was never really interested in a learned artistic ability because I was not creating for anyone other than myself and I was the best judge of whether it was appealing to me or not. For years I have been creating stories on my childhood and some of the wonderful experiences I had as a child. I wanted to be able to share that with my children so that they and their children could see a different side of life than they live today. I guess I really wanted them to know that life is not just material things but emotional things with respect being one of the most important things I have always tried to teach them. One day I picked up one of my grandchildren’s water color sets and started creating some of the Illustrations you see in my current book and video. I feel that the stories can be brought to life by showing them what it was like in order to draw them into the story. I want them to see that there are other things in life to appreciate and how fortunate our family is to be surrounded by loving parents, grand parents, aunts and uncles and lots of cousins. One of the side affects of creating the stories was that not only did my immediate family gain a lot from the book but others who had shared some of those years with me when I was young were touched by the stories and illustrations as well. I realized that this is something which many people are hungry for in trying to hold on to their own roots. It has been a very rewarding experience for myself and my wife as while putting it all together we found ourselves being transported back in time and found warm and wonderful thoughts from long ago when as young newly weds we would lay on our living room floor and play Italian Opera’s which I would translate into English as she wrote them down. We still have those hand scribbled notes today as treasured memories of a simpler life. I sincerely hope this book arouses the same warm and wonderful feelings for you as we invite you to read some of the stories which have molded my life. ~ Phil Bracco

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kweir on February 24, 2011
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Growing up in Alberta Canada in the 60s and 70s was nothing like Brooklyn in the 40s, yet reading Phil's childhood stories, you feel like you are living it. The illustrations along with photographs are amazing and really make the words come to life. One of my favorite parts was the piece about Camilla the Bookie. Hilarious! The ebook was wonderful, but this is a book I want to have on my coffee table. This is a fantastic book for the whole family! I can't wait to get a hard copy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Gardner on February 19, 2011
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Phil Bracco hits it out of the park. I almost felt like I was there growing up with him.
His talent is showcased here well. The sheer amount of work is amazing and you begin to understand that here is someone who loves the process of making art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevinf on February 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Pictography at it's best!

Well above nostalgia and syrupy sentimentalism, "Life On The Stoop" presents a wonderfully straightforward glimpse into the life and times of one New York neighborhood during the early part of the 20th century.

Phil Bracco's picture-story of his early years in Brooklyn unveils a beautiful interconnectedness of all the neighborhood families, a quality nearly extinct in our modern communities.

Truly a work of art - it makes me want to be a better neighbor, friend, and a part of something bigger.

Kevin Farrell
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By michael heany on April 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
'Life On The Stoop' is a wonderful book, thoroughly enjoyable! It brilliantly and poignantly captures the atmosphere of those days perfectly. Though the stories/illustrations are from the 40s, they were exactly the same for me growing up in Red Hook in the 50s and 60s. This is not a 'coffee-table conversation piece'. Here is an album of memories and a period of time brought to life in beautiful illustrations.
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By Bangkok Mike on March 11, 2011
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Phil's book brought back memories of my childhood in London - England in the 1940's.
But the collection of Illustrated stories will be enjoyed by readers of all Ages.
It also reminded me of my visit to New York many years ago.
Phil's artwork is delightfully detailed - invariable I see something I missed when I looked previously.
It will surely be on the Coffee Table more than in a Book Case!
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