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Top Customer Reviews
Love Miami. Hate Miami. Love to hate Miami. I wrestle with myself over this city on an almost daily basis. It keeps me in shape. But the fact is that I'm endlessly captivated by our town, its history, and its bizarre inhabitants. So is the author J.J. Colagrande.
Colagrande moved here from New York when he was 18, but he's become a Miamian in the truest sense of the word -- a man whose heart and soul seem staked here. As he puts it: "I love Miami very much and I'm committed to bringing a deeper, richer, more intellectual evolution to our city. I don't like our city's image, still leftover from the '80s -- a place of vice and shallow debauchery. I'd like to stay here the rest of my life and contribute with my voice."
He's a writing professor at both Miami-Dade College (Wolfson campus) and Barry University; he's written countless articles for the Huffington Post and New Times, among others; and in his independently published sophomore novel, Decò, Colagrande stirs together everything to love and loathe about South Florida in an abuela's cauldron, then kicks it over on its ear.
No sacred cow goes unslaughtered in this swirling, fast-paced satire on modern Miami. Decò follows its eponymous main character, an overeducated yet shallow and self-absorbed wannabe writer who talks a lot about hard work without ever doing any. He's credit card rich. He dates a supermodel named Chichi ("shee-shee"), whose exotic heritage includes Australian Shepherd (yeah, the dog). He lives a two-dimensional life without substance, where appearances are everything.Read more ›
I liked how the author embarks us on entertaining journey through South Florida. This book captures in a very humorous way the difficulties many people, especially immigrants, faces in Miami.
I had the pleasure of taking an English class at Miami Dade College with this book's author. Professor JJ Colagrande is a very creative and intelligent guy.
I liked his work so much, that I am going to read his other book "Headz". I read very good reviews about it too.
Thank you Professor J.J. Colagrande. I look forward for your next work.
Deco is a contemporary, coming-to-be journey that exemplifies many in the city of Miami that have searched for miracles and have stumbled along the way for it — love, vices, success, community, struggle, perseverance, and a submission greater than one’s self. DuPont guides Deco in challenging the verb to be in times of adversity and making kinetic motion towards the good in our own hearts even in faces of diversity. From the grit of Allapatah, to the togetherness and loving demonstrations of Occupy Miami, the irony in Deco’s fall from the biker’s in Critical Mass (an event for the safetiness of sharing lanes), the sweat and labor to a farmer’s market , and the unspoken evils at strip clubs, J.J. Colagrande captures the dichotomy of Miami’s good and bad while being all inclusive in shedding of the ego and capturing the essence of characters and culture all for the Hero’s Journey in vision, humility, hard work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"I read "Deco" a few years back and although it was a great read and very amusing due to the Miami references, it did not touch me as it has done this time around. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved "Deco" it brought out the different personalities sketched in Miami. JJ was able to give the reader a roller coaster of emotions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Such an entertaining piece to read. Short and sweet. Morally rich, not just another sarcastically funny book that has no meaning to it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book! You should definitely buy it. It really shows what Miami is like. Love it!!! It is really engaging.Published 8 months ago by Alessandra C.
I really loved this book "Déco". It is very well written. The story is super interesting and fun . I got a great pleasure from reading Déco. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Krystyna
This is a great story. It really taught me a lot of miami and everything that's in the book is actually real. But he makes it so funny you can't help but laugh. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book captures the typical Miami lifestyle so perfectly. Its satire and humor were what made this novel enjoyable to read. Definitely worth taking the time to read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anamarie Murillo
I recently read this book. No need to say that it was ridiculously funny. It resembles Miami very well in a sarcastic way. Read morePublished 8 months ago by David
An amazing book! The best book I've read in quite sometime. Highly recommended! Long story short, if you live in Miami and haven't read this book you're slacking!Published 16 months ago by Willie Espinosa