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I Don’t Want to Be Like You

Published September 10, 2018 by Maryanne

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“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” 

I’m ecstatic to say my fourth book is now available! (See links below, and it will soon be in Barnes & Noble stores). “I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is my memoir about growing up, dealing with bullying in the 1970s.

And with this, I want to add some wise words from my sister, who is a mom:

“Congratulations on the book. I, myself also experienced bullying. Unfortunately, today parents still turn a blind eye. So let me send out compliments to St. Anne and Fair Lawn high school (New Jersey schools). Both excellent in having a no tolerance motto for bullies. I raised my son to have compassion to ALL people. He would never hurt or bully anyone! As a parent, please remember those red flags. Believe me, you will notice if you pay attention. Burning children, shooting drugs, and fire crackers into an innocent pet, does not just happen overnight. I’m begging parent to wake up. Protect your children while you can they will only get worse. No tolerance for bullying! You must know your kids.” — Kim Cagiao

HGBM Store:  https://highergroundbooksandmedia.com/product/i-dont-want-to-be-like-you

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1536446696&sr=8-2&keywords=maryanne+christiano+mistretta

Kindle:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H6H4CY1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536446756&sr=8-1&keywords=maryanne+christiano+mistretta+kindle

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an anti-bullying motivational speaker. Contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com 

 

“On the Guest List” Book Reading/Signing

Published June 16, 2016 by Maryanne

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7 p.m. I’ll be doing a book reading/signing for my first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” at Fairfield Library, 261 Hollywood Ave., Fairfield, NJ.

“On the Guest List” is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Guest-List-Adventures-Music-Journalist/dp/162903908X

“On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” is a fun, upbeat memoir about a girl who loves music and life in general. Maryanne paints a vivid picture of being a teenager in the 1970s and young woman in the 1980s — and how the punk, new wave and rock scene was from a young fan’s viewpoint. Life truly comes together for Maryanne once she creates a career for herself reporting on the music she loves, writing for publications such as The Aquarian Arts Weekly, music.com and Punk magazine. Unlike other music memoirs, there is no downward spiral into drugs and addiction. Nor is it a groupie “tell all.” “On the Guest List” is simply a compilation of mostly happy memories straight from the pages of Maryanne’s diaries — and of course, her heart.

Book Party for Antoinette and Domenic Lombardi

Published November 23, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_9248Congratulations to the new authors!

Yesterday was a big celebration at Hanover Manor in East Hanover, New Jersey.

My clients Domenic and Antoinette Lombardi had their book published “200 Letters, 62 Years and a War.”

From back book cover:

Domenic and Antoinette Lombardi began dating when they were teenagers. And soon afterward Domenic was called to fight in the Korean War.

During his time in combat, he wrote his love, Antoinette, over 200 letters. She saved every one of them. She also put together an all embracing photo albums that contained newspaper clippings of the war, photographs, holiday cards and other memorabilia; as well as more recent newspaper clippings of celebrations such as their anniversaries and birthdays.

Domenic also had his own collection of memories, several typed as well as handwritten notebook diaries, filled with the truth he experienced fighting for The United States.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta spent many days at the home of The Lombardis in Florham Park, New Jersey ferreting through the photo albums, love letters and notebook diaries in order to put together this wondrous memoir.

The happy couple recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

SAM_9246Domenic Lombardi, Maryanne Mistretta and Antoinette Lombardi

To purchase “200 Letters, 62 Years and a War” contact Next Century Publishing at 786-999-8550 or contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is available to help seniors write their books. Contact her directly at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

Published August 9, 2015 by Maryanne

Book LoverYes, that was me!

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

If you’re a blogger, it’s probably very likely you’re an avid book reader. In my 30s I used to read one or two books per week!

Some of my favorites are:

  1. “The Christmas Pig” by Kinky Friedman
  2. “The Good Good Pig” by Sy Montgomery
  3. “Paleo Manifesto” by John Durant
  4. “Letters From the Earth” by Mark Twain
  5. “Finding of the Third Eye” by Vera Stanley
  6. “And I Don’t Want to Live This Life” by Deborah Spungeon
  7. “Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret” by Judy Blume

What are you favorites?

Of course I wrote a few too!

“On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X)

“Love Cats” (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/)

Win a Copy of My First Book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist”!

Published June 3, 2015 by Maryanne

Cover proof 4Front cover by Darlene Foster

back cover proof 2Back cover of “Guest List”

WIN a copy of “On the Guest List”!

Hey gang, I’m giving away one copy of “Guest List” (free + $5 postage via PayPal). If you’d like to be in the drawing, please “like” this post and put your name/email address below. Contest open until 5 p.m. today. Winner will be contacted via email.

Note: This contest is on Face Book, Twitter and WordPress, so if you have a Face Book and/or Twitter account you can enter more than once!

Become a “Guest List” member on Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/groups/373926006116903/

And follow me on Twitter (I follow back!) https://twitter.com/PearTreeEnt

 

West Orange Public Library Author Panel

Published January 9, 2015 by Maryanne

West Orange Library 1-8-15Me, second to left, holding “Guest List”

Last night I was on my very first author’s panel at The West Orange Public Library, along with four other authors.

It was exciting promoting “Guest List” as this may be the last promotion. My second book, “Love Cats” (my first fiction effort) will be coming out spring 2015.

“Love Cats” has an exciting update! I was just given permission from Hal Leonard to use lyrics from The Cure’s “The Love Cats” and Iggy Pop’s “Mass Production.”

I have a potential publisher interested and I should know by the end of January. If not, I’ll be self-publishing again.

To purchase “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” please visit: http://www.nextcenturystore.com/on-the-guest-list-adventures-of-a-music-journalist.html

Guest List Made “Badass Books” List!

Published August 10, 2014 by Maryanne

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I’m pretty jazzed that “Guest List” made the “Badass Books” list on Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/kristenelizam/badass-books/

I never thought of my book to be a great work of literature; just some fun memories written in a fun way. Perhaps more like punk art than journalism. After being a serious journalist for many years, I wanted to do something fun with no rules. I didn’t even hire a copy editor for “Guest List” to make it more “punk.” And all the chapters are arranged by song titles. (Though I’m sure many people reading don’t even know half the titles. THAT is how underground Guest List is!)

All that said, it’s pretty cool to be listed amongst literary geniuses like Bukowski, Hell, Ginsberg. And that’s the beauty of being a reader, your tastes can cover a vast spectrum.

I’m honored and always humbled.

To purchase your copy, go here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X