New Biography Chronicles Author’s Triumph over Difficult Childhood

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Despite a less-than-nurturing youth, Lily Cozzolino built a successful career in child education

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… human beings can take any situation and turn it into positive outcome

In her new autobiographical book “Will to Survive: Against All Odds” (published by Trafford Publishing), author Lily Cozzolino carries readers through the highs – and lows – of her globe-spanning lifetime through Europe and Canada.

Cozzolino calls “Will to Survive” “… a retrospective journey through the painful memories of a dysfunctional childhood that miraculously leads to a complete awakening to a newfound sense of dignity and self respect.”

Cozzolino’s life in a city surrounded by the Apennines had the perfect background for a happy beginning, but from a very young age, she had to accept her dysfunctional parents and the monsters that didn’t live in her closet or under her bed – but in her home, with her.

An excerpt from “Will to Survive”:

“The vision of her mother pulling her dentures out of her mouth not only disgusted young Lily but terrified her. One morning she woke up after having a recurring nightmare that her teeth fell out into her hands one by one. Even awake, her mouth and teeth hurt. She ran to the bathroom and stood in front of the mirror, opening her lips with her jaws closed. Lily stopped breathing, horrified and shaken. Her ears were buzzing.

Her two front teeth were gone.”

Despite the pain of her childhood, Cozzolino leaves Italy and builds a successful life in Canada. This success is much of the theme of this book. As Cozzolino says, when asked what she hopes readers take away from reading her book, “… human beings can take any situation and turn it into positive outcome.”

About the Author
Lily Cozzolino grew up in Terni, a picturesque city surrounded by the Apennine Mountains in Italy, where some of her flashbacks are depicted in her writing. She lived in Terni until 18 years old. She immigrated to Toronto in 1969, where she acquired her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto. She taught for 32 years in the Kawartha Pine Ridge school district. She now lives in Whitby, Ontario. “Will to Survive” is her first book.

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