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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse; 1st edition (November 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438942389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438942384
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,232,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vince Mastroianni lives in Arlington, VA with his wife Maria "The Contessa" and the last of their three dogs, little Miss Gigi. Besides his new found hobby of writing, Mr. Mastroianni enjoys fine wines, travel, skiing, biking, and just relaxing on the beach.

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You're likely to nod your head and chuckle as you read this "been there done that" book.
Gina Lupo
This is an easy read, with honest reflections of the trials and tribulations of relationships throughout various stages in our lives.
Amy M. Fadida
His commentary on the parties and the "beach house" characters is occasionally barbed but always entertaining.
Linda Bulger

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on July 13, 2010
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When Vince Mastroianni married for the first time at age 35, he thought (as we do) that it would be forever. But five years later his wife had moved out of their home in North Arlington, Virginia--taking most of the furniture but leaving Vince's golden retriever. Sandy was an "accidental" member of the household, having been all but forced on Vince by a house painter who did some work for him. Now he was glad he had Sandy, because she was such good company; but he needed someone to care for her during his business trips.

A sociable man and a VERY sociable dog, living in a big house--the answer is obvious. Vince decided that a housemate would be the answer, and his friends lost no time in suggesting candidates. Some worked out for a while, some were disasters from the beginning; each had his own challenges, especially the depressed Norm who moved in after a divorce and eventually left to be married--and then wanted to come back after his next divorce.

Revolving Doors: A Man and His Dog's Search for the Perfect Housemate is Vince's lively memoir about the ten years following his divorce. He and his friends passed their leisure time biking the lovely Virginia countryside, enjoying good meals and fine wines, and always looking for Ms. Right. Vince joined the fast-paced "beach house crowd" at Dewey Beach on Delaware's Eastern Shore, spending summer weekends there for several years. His commentary on the parties and the "beach house" characters is occasionally barbed but always entertaining.

During these years Vince continued to share his house with a parade of people, and only Sandy was his constant comfort and his neighborhood ambassador.
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By the time Joan got through with him, he scarcely had a chair to share with Miss Sandy, his golden retriever. It seemed as if everything in Vince Mastroianni's life was going south, but at least someone loved him and that was his dog. Joan had an "ex-army dark side" that unexpectedly surfaced as she made unannounced trips to the house taking everything from the furniture to the little things like the toaster. A lifestyle change was in order and the change included changing the locks and looking ahead instead of dwelling on the past. Divorce, he soon found out, was one of life's major crises, but he was determined to make it through. Sandy was the rock in his life and her gifts of little dead critters, although unappreciated, gave him the will to move forward.

Calling bingo for the seventy and older set was driving him bonkers and he soon realized he "needed to find a roommate for [his] sanity and to relieve [his] loneliness." (Pg. 14) Mark, the first of many roomies, quickly declared, "I'm a party animal." An about turn to his younger days didn't sound all that bad to Vince and the revolving roommate door began. Ned only wanted to stay for a "few weeks," Mickey had been "recently divorced," and Norm was in the process. The best of the lot were the "invisible roommates," but the losers had to be shown the door, a door that was going to fall off its hinges with this crowd because he saw "six different guys come and go form [his] house in twenty- one months." (Pg. 82) And then there were the women. How was Vince ever going to get off this merry-go-round and get a life? How could he build a life for Miss Sandy with such an unstable household?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert G Yokoyama VINE VOICE on July 8, 2010
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Revolving Doors is a well written memoir. It is funny, heart warming and touching. I love dogs, and I can relate to bonding and losing one. Friends and girlfriends come and go, but a dog can be a constant companion for someone in good and bad times. This book makes want to get a golden retriever for myself. They are very loyal and playful dogs as the photos and memories in the book clearly show.

Finding the right roommate to live with can be a fun or a frustrating experience. I like reading about how he meets people to live with him. The fast friendships he makes with the people he rooms with is at the heart of this book. I kept wondering if Vince would ever find someone to live with permanently. He is a man who knows how to enjoy life. He goes on a ski trip to snowy Austria, drinks beer in a festival in Germany and goes wins $10,000 after finding an expensive bottle of wine. I could visualize all these things happening to me as I read the book. I love this book. It is a very entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2010
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The ONLY thing I did not like about the book was the cover, which I found boring. Had I not been a dog lover and really interested in reading about a dog the cover would have sent me looking for another book.

The book is fun in so many ways and is written is such a wonderful way as if one is listening to a great conversation that you hope wont end.
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Enjoyed reading about Sandy, she was a sweet dog. But as a friend of Joan's, this book is an extremely one-sided, fabricated and embellished account of events. Very sad the author neglects to mention that Joan's handicapped brother was going through cancer treatment during the last year of their marriage, during which Vince was a no-show, even at the funeral. Three months after the funeral she was moved out, not for another man, but to leave the lug that could care less about her or her family. Ever had someone you love die? It's traumatic and life changing. Think that had something to do with her emotional state? Sadly, Vince didn't seem to get it until his own mother died which he recounts at the end of the book. Sure seems like he had a reality check himself. He neglects to mention he kept secrets from Joan, refused to have joint accounts (he was very tight - and calculating), refused to go to marriage counseling with her, and made her pay the mortgage for the house she felt was too expensive to begin with. And she hardly cleaned the house out, she took what she bought or brought to the marriage, she just wanted a simple life. She damn should get a settlement since she paid the mortgage all those years. She's also the one that wanted Sandy, and told the painter to bring the dog to the house when they came for the party, even though Vince didn't want her, so he has her to thank for Sandy. There's no way Sandy would ever threaten to harm her or growl at her. It's disgusting he is accusing his ex-wife of being bi-polar and screaming all the time. That is not the Joan I knew. She was the life of the party, very pretty and smart, a good cook, a great catch. Anyone that's gone through a break-up knows things can get ugly, you have your ups and downs, your doubts, your guilt.Read more ›
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Vince Mastroianni was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Engineering he now works in the Information Technology field in the Washington DC area.

He lives in Arlington, VA with his wife Maria "The Contessa" and the last of their three dogs, little Miss Gigi.

His own fifteen minutes of fame came after participating in the Forbes FYI magazine treasure hunt in 1998 which led to the discovery of a buried case of 1982 Chateau Latour on the beach near the Cape Hatteras light house.

Besides his new found hobby of writing, Mr. Mastroianni enjoys fine wine dinners, traveling, skiing, biking, and just relaxing on the beach.

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