Mary-Ann Tirone Smith Message Board

jake posts on 8/4/2007 8:56:31 AM Finished Girls of a Tender Age and have tried to find out about the train wreck in Meriden. Haven't been able to find out anything inb online searches or from the fellows at the public library. Anyone know about the wreck or specific date?
Mary Bavaro posts on 7/13/2007 6:48:29 AM How interesting to read your wonderful book. We lived at 103 Nilan St. My brother was born in 1946 and me in 1948. My older brother went to Mary M. Hooker School but we moved when I was getting ready to start school. Our parents only said that the neighborhood was not save for us. My brother has a better memory than me, of course, but WE did ask them before they passed away.. I am related to Marianne Pisanni CICHOCKI who has written to you and other relatives who lived around that area. Charker Beach was alos a place we all went to because of family living there. Hope to see you when you come to BerlinLibrary. Mary Bavaro
Mariann Cichocki posts on 7/9/2007 6:06:52 PM Mary Tirone Smith! I just wanted to let you know about the memories you created within me. I lived on Hillside Ave., Until I was about 9 or 10. I recieved my First Coomunion at St Lawrence O'Toole at about 7 yrs old. I was born in 1944. We also had the goat come by and a horse as well. Thank you for the memories,I am sure are paths crossed, hopefully will cross again,so we can share stories of our playground. Mariann Pisani Cichocki

posts on 6/25/2006 6:56:25 AM I'd really like to thank all of you who posted such lovely comments referring to my memoir. I loved that you connected with me so strongly. To Lisa: I'd love to sign your book--I'll be having readings on July 13th at 7 at the Cromwell, CT public library; on August 8th at 7 at the Berlin Library (subject to a change to September so please call them); on Sept. 13th at 7 at the New Canaan Library; on Sept. 28th at 7 at the Plainville Library; on Oct. 3rd at 7 at the Bethel Library; and tentatively on Oct. 4th at 7 at the Glastonbury Library--call first. I do appreciate the interest.
posts on 6/3/2006 11:37:43 PM I read this book in one day - the 4 year anniversary of my mother's diagnosis of lung cancer...she died three months later. Coming from a big, crazy family, I found this to be one of the best books I've ever read. It will stay with me for a long time. It made me cry and it made me laugh out loud. Thanks for a wonderful read, Mary-Ann.
posts on 5/31/2006 12:07:00 PM I grew up in Charter Oak Terrace and lived on the corner of Coolige Street and Chandler. I knew personally some of the folks mentioned in your fantastic book. The reason is because I was a paperboy to most of the folks living in Charter Oak Terrace D Section. I attended Mary Hooker School beginning in 1955. My older sister and brother were already there.
Lisa Nemchek posts on 2/28/2006 7:41:18 AM I've been trying to find out where Mary Ann Tirone Smith will be so I can meet her and get my book signed. I went to her web site and she's in 3 places in Ct, but it mentions the names of the cities, not where. Can anyone out there help me??? Lisa
paulette mann posts on 2/28/2006 12:03:10 AM just finished reading your book - woke my husband up from crying too loud... Tyler would've hated my loud tears! - too many similarities - father dies of alzheimers, been there, autistic brother: autistic daughter - done that, no one can capture the essence of what that truly is unless you've experienced it... thank you for your words...
Lisa Nemchek posts on 2/8/2006 12:47:39 PM Loved the book, every word of it. I grew up in the 50s, in CT and enjoyed so many similarities to your life. What especially touched me was your brother, your relationship with him and the way you found the "humor" in it all. I laughed, laughed, laughed. Can't thank you enough for a great read. Lisa Nemchek
ed driscoll posts on 1/29/2006 11:51:02 AM i lived at c-57 cotswald in charter oak terrace from it's opening until 1954. i went to our lady of sorrows while my sister sandra who was a year behind me went to hooker. your book shook many memories loose. some more than others. i think your book is sensational and captures growing up in the 50's anywhere but especially hartford. the telling of the murder is woven perfectly into your memoir. i finished your book the first nite and i have purchased 3 more copies so my adult children can read about THE charter oak terrace where i grew up and have told them about numerous times. BRAVO ! you've written a wonderful book.
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