And Forgive Us Our Sins by Vincent Nicholas Mirabella

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Fascinating and captivating story of a gay Italian Catholic who is bi-polar and obsessive compulsive. Read and learn how one man has survived for sixty-six years.

Vincent Nicholas Mirabella is a second generation man born of Sicilian born immigrants. He has just finished writing his autobiography. This story is about a man who grew up constantly being told he was a 'sissy' by friends, family and sometimes even by strangers. Vincent suffered his entire life from being obsessive compulsive and was bi-polar at a young age even though he was not diagnosed until later.

This book tells of Vincent's struggles with him being brought up a very strict Italian catholic, and later realizing his sexual orientation was not what a strict Italian catholic should be.

Vincent Mirabella has worn many hats throughout his life, being a chef at many restaurants, working at Arthur Murray's dance studios teaching ballroom dancing, even being a juvenile court probation officer in Georgia. Later after moving to Winston Salem North Carolina, Vincent started up Mirabella Dance Studios. There he taught ballroom dancing to many of the people who lived in and surrounding Winston Salem.

Each year Vincent held a Dance Ball for all of his students, and they also went to the Grand Nationals in Miami Beach Florida. Vincent Mirabella and his students won first place trophies at the Grand Nationals, ten years straight in a row.

This book goes on to tell about Vincent's struggle with his Catholic faith, and being gay. There are two alter egos of Vincent. One is Nick who is a strict almost commandant type of person and the other is Margo, who dictated what happened when he went to a gay establishment. You will also meet two other characters in the story, Shamus and Tino. These were Vincent's trusted sidekicks through out his life in Winston Salem. They were his dogs, but also his best friends.

You will also learn about his manic depression, and how severe diabetes stopped his career as a ballroom dance instructor. All in all, if you feel you may be suffering from being either obsessive compulsive, or manic-depression, this book is a great read to see how one man has suffered with all of this and yet he has survived to the age of sixty six and is still going.

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