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As Long As You Can See the Clock, You're Okay: South Brooklyn in the '50s Hardcover – June 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1432739256 ISBN-10: 1432739255

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432739255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432739256
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,762,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Grace Zolla Protano is a retired English teacher who lives in Massapequa, NY, with her husband Nick.

About AS LONG AS YOU CAN SEE THE CLOCK, YOU'RE OKAY (ProPress Books, Inc.)
Set mainy in South Brooklyn in the '50's, this memoir is a recollection of growing up with a unique love embodying joy and sadness; pride and shame; tenderness and cruelty.

Sing along with the doo-woppers; drool over the teen idols and cheer through a Rock and Roll Revue at the Brooklyn Paramount. Play Kick the Can, Ringo Levio and Iron Tag until moms look out the window and announce that dinner is ready.


About ABSENT FROM CLASS, A story of teacher burnout (ProPress Books, Inc.
We have all gone to school and we can relate to these students, these situations and to the unforgettable and wacky English teacher, Ceci McKinney.

We live with Ceci at home; we watch her in school and we understand fully why she needs to be abgsent from class.

Work in Progress
WHATEVER YOU SAY, CECI is the sequel to ABSENT FROM CLASS. It will be released some time in September 2011 (ProPress Books, Inc.)

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It made me laugh and cry.
Valerie K.
The love for her family and particularly her mom who was afflicted with numerous bouts of depression prevails throughout this piece.
Patricia T. Judice
It is a delightful recollection of growing up in Brooklyn in the '50s in a much simpler world.
Mary L. Marra

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anne mullin on February 28, 2010
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Grace's recounting of her youth in Brooklyn in the 50's, was a story I couldn't put down. Yet, I didn't want it to end. In reading her tale, I was taken through a gamut of emotions. I laughed, cried, rejoiced, got angry and sympathized. Since I grew up in Brooklyn, I remembered and reminisced about the places she so thoroughly described. A most poignant story, written beautifully. Kudos !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly A. Swiderski on August 2, 2009
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I really enjoyed this book. Initially feeling that I had slid my feet into a pair of ancient slippers, I found myself in a space that fit perfectly, touching memories that are so like the ones I myself hold dear. While reading, I revisited my grandmothers shotgun flat, raced up and down the sidewalks and helped sweep the stoop. Memories tumbled back from a simpler time where there was only b&w TV and stickball, a world where we rode bikes with friends all day long (until the lunchtime yell, of course), a time when parents didn't have to arrange "playdates" and walk their children next door.

Where the book rips itself away from the fabric of my past comes from the authors experiences concerning her mother. For any child, a young girl especially, to have to endure recurrent emotional and physical withdrawal from a beloved parent is heartwrenching. The author handles it with skill, allowing her pain to show, yet not wallowing in self pity. Her words skillfully showcase how loving and strong her father was and how her brothers grew into fine, caring young men under difficult circumstances.

Bravo Ms. Portano! The book is a keeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Marra on July 6, 2009
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This is a wonderful heartwarming memoir that the author has dedicated to her mother, father and beloved brother. It is a delightful recollection of growing up in Brooklyn in the '50s in a much simpler world. It is also a sad recollection of how the author longed for her mother when she suffered bouts of depression. The book is written as a loving tribute to her family of which they would be very proud. Anyone, who has grown up during the '50s will be able to relate to the wonderful descriptive stories of playing various street games, going to rock and roll shows and spending summers in Long Island. You will laugh at all the silliness of the games and cry when the author longed for her beautiful and vivacious Mom during her periods of depression. This is truly a wonderful worthwhile book to read, no matter what age you are. It is beautifully written in an honest and compassionate way. It must have stressed the author to be so honest with her feelings.

Well done, Ms. Protano. many people who have gone through similar circumstances will applaud you for writing such a touching book.

A definite recommended read at the beach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura L. Dequinque on July 1, 2009
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Wow! While reading parts of this book I felt I was in my old neighborhood in South Philadelphia. So many of the experiences of the author were similar to mine. I grew up in an ethnic neighborhood where everyone knew all the people on their block. Where you could always smell good cookin' and you were always welcomed to eat some of the delicious dishes. And we did all the crazy silly things which were written & had such a good time & the days were never long enough. I just never understood when our kids would say "I'm bored". Although there was much humor in this book it was also very sad. I just couldn't imagine having a parent who would go into a state of deep depression and having to deal with it. The author was not very good with dealing with the situation but her brothers seem to handle it a little better. And her Father! Oh what a sweet man.

This author reminds me of Frank McCourt with her sense of humor. When I read Angela's Ashes and cried and laughed just as I did with As Long As You Can See The Clock.

Laura DeQuinque
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Mineo on July 20, 2009
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This is a wonderful memoir that that does nothing but fill you with the true meaning of family love and understanding. One gets the full reflection of living in Brooklyn in the 1950's in a much simpler time. Once to start to read it, you can believe the author is sitting next to you and telling you her "tales" of love, hate, confusion, and inner feelings for a Mother who she could not fully understand. It's a great read and being from Brooklyn, it brought back similar memories only about 10 years later. It is beautifully written in an honest and compassionate way that can make you laugh or cry at the same time. Kudos to the author for such real feelings often very hard to put in writing. Great book for anyone who also knows family love or others who never knew it. Get your tissues ready and venture back to life without computers and video games. Fantastic book and I applaud Grace Zolla Protano for writing it and allowing me the pleasure of "entering her world".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor Cera on November 29, 2009
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When I received Grace Protano's book in the mail from Amazon, I immediately began reading. I made it 3/4 of the way through when my ball game started...and as I watched the game I wanted it to hurry along (with a Yankee win of course) so I could finish reading. I thoroughly enjoyed "As Long as You Can See the Clock.." and the extraordinary family characters. I really grew fond of her brother Sal, and thought her Mom was a saint!!

I think we all make mistakes as kids/teens with our parents that we regret later in life and sometimes even vice versa. Some people have the chance to say they are sorry and some unfortunately do not. Anyway.... terrific job. I found myself going through mixed emotions. I laughed out loud at the author's great sense of humor, and I felt the author's pain as I read along.

And from a Wisconsinite, I'd like to say thanks for the shout out for our Bradley Clock!!
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