West Palm Beach Author Publishes New Book with RoseDog Books

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This revealing book describes how the author’s family and friends lived in extreme poverty on the Lower East Side and struggled to have a better life.

East Side Story

day that will live in infamy.

East Side Story, a new book by Martha Tarcici, has been released by RoseDog Books.

This story takes place during the Second World War, when the U.S. was attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt declares it to be a “day that will live in infamy.”

East Side Story is about how Tarcici’s family and friends lived in extreme poverty on the Lower East Side and struggled to have a better life.

They were four girls from three different families who were determined to live in better conditions than their immigrant parents. The possibility of marrying a rich man to take them away from it all was not excluded.

Martha Tarcici was born of immigrant parents and raised on the Lower East Side between different ethnic groups. As children, when they played together on the sidewalks of New York, it was known as Hell’s Kitchen because it was sweltering hot in the summer. The tenement building, where they lived, was bitter cold in the winter, with no steam or hot running water.

During the Great Depression, Tarcici and her sister hardly had anything to eat. They had no breakfast or lunch. Only at dinnertime did they have some lentil soup with a slice of bread or potato pancakes. When Roosevelt was elected president, he gave children a glass of milk and a sandwich for lunch in grade school. He created jobs all over America and the economic situation improved.

Martha Tarcici was determined to overcome deprivation and poverty by making something of herself. She worked her way through college and became a schoolteacher. Eventually she was able to leave the Lower East Side and have a better life.

East Side Story is a 198-page paperback with a retail price of $22.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-8321-3. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information or to request a review copy, please visit our virtual pressroom at http://www.rosedog.com/pressroom or our online bookstore at http://www.rosedogbookstore.com.


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