Childhood Collaborators in Mischief, Eight Adult Brothers and Sisters Remain Best Friends Today

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New Book Presents Mostly Humorous, Sometimes Touching Stories Co-Written by Close-Knit Siblings.

Today we are progressives, conservatives, Catholics, Unitarians, AA, New Agers, chiefs, and Indians. We are unmarried, divorced, and married. We are ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs. We parent four adopted children and eleven biological children. We are renters, homeowners, and land barons. We are a tribe of many truths

"All eight of you still like each other?" Authors Rosalie Maggio, Frank Maggio, Patrick Maggio, Michael Maggio, Mary Maggio, Paul Maggio, Mark Maggio, and Matthew Maggio answer the often-asked question with stories from their childhood (told with hardly any exaggeration) and e-mail exchanges from today (written with hardly any humor). Pieces of Eight: Still Best Friends After All These Years, a new book released through Xlibris, gives readers a glimpse into a world where sibling rivalry is a joke and watching each other's backs is the agreed-upon norm.

According to Pieces of Eight, the one thing the Maggio household didn’t need in their Fort Dodge, Iowa, home was more children. Requests to invite friends over were met with their mother's innocent, "Go play with yourselves." Born two years apart, the eight brothers and sisters learned that they had only each other to rely on. They grew up sharing everything from their fear of wild dogs to the neighbors' watermelon patch. The anthology's sixty-plus essays and short stories recount carefree days, poignant situations, instructive mischief, and rewarding moments. In the case of "The Exploding Toilet," three siblings individually recount their version of events, leaving the reader to decide where the truth might lie.

“Today we are progressives, conservatives, Catholics, Unitarians, AA, New Agers, chiefs, and Indians. We are unmarried, divorced, and married. We are ectomorphs, mesomorphs, and endomorphs. We parent four adopted children and eleven biological children. We are renters, homeowners, and land barons. We are a tribe of many truths,” say the authors. “And we’re crazy about each other.”

With its amusing anecdotes and crackling e-mail exchanges, Pieces of Eight reminds us of the enduring values of family, friendship, and laughter. For more information on this book, readers can log on to Xlibris.com.

About the Authors
The eight Maggios--Rosalie, Frank, Pat, Kevin, Mary, Paul, Mark, Matt--are all what the world would call professionals. They have jobs, they pay bills, they contribute to their communities. But the best thing about them is that they love a good story, especially a funny story.

Pieces of Eight * by Rosalie Maggio, Frank Maggio, Patrick Maggio,Michael Maggio, Mary Maggio, Paul Maggio,Mark Maggio, Matthew Maggio
Still Best Friends After All These Years
Publication Date: March 11, 2010
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 329 pages; 978-1-4500-3348-0
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 329 pages; 978-1-4500-3349-7

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7479. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7876.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit Xlibris.com. To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

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