Minneapolis, MN (Vocus/PRWEB) January 03, 2011
Author Nicholas F. Starace II has seen over eighty countries from quaysides and ship-decks, but it took miniature model versions of ships for him to see his family. With heart-wrenching honesty, "White Sails Became Me: Memoirs of a Seafaring Heritage" shares the author’s family tragedies and how they survived by virtue of a strong determination to fulfill their destiny in America.
A boat builder and seaman from an island near Naples, Starace’s grandfather immigrated to Brooklyn in the late 1800s and passed down his passion of model ship building to his grandson. His grandfather’s teachings and a shared passion for all things nautical had a profound effect on Starace’s career path.
This time-honored hobby would also help Starace form a crucial bond with his own son Nicky, before his untimely death at age twenty-six. Nicky’s death woke the author and his family to the chaotic nature of life and utter despair. Starace began to look for his family’s identity as a way to make sense of not only loss, but terrorism, divorce, near-death accidents, earthquakes, cancer, a military death in the family, and even the pleasant “trauma” of retirement.
Starace’s travel experiences offer an abundance of cultural treasures throughout "White Sails Became Me". From fascinating safari exploits to life in Europe and Asia for eleven years, this family saga is a gripping adventure brought to life even further through wonderful color photo inserts.
About the Author: Nicholas F. Starace II is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain who graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and holds a master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. The award-winning craftsman is a public speaker on maritime and ship modeling and has been featured in National Geographic. Starace is a former naval officer, international executive, and volunteers with the VA hospital.
For more information please call or email publicist Kat Turner or visit: whitesailsbecameme.com