Friday, December 9, 2011

Author Frank Zaccari: Dealing With Family Member’s Failing Health

Frank ZaccariPlease join me in welcoming author Frank Zaccari as the special guest blogger here today at Thoughts in Progress as he makes a stop on his virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

Frank. the author of INSIDE THE SPAGHETTI BOWL, is here to talk about an issue we all face - dealing with the failing health of family members.

Every family goes through difficult times when a loved one becomes ill. Even though your parents have lived a long and meaningful life, it is never easy to see them grow old and sick. INSIDE THE SPAGHETTI BOWL is collaboration with my brothers Anthony and Steve. It is the actual story of our family dealing with the failing health of our mother.

This book is a celebration of life, family, culture and tradition as we document the last eight days of our mother’s life. INSIDE THE SPAHETTI BOWL shares the tales about the memories, trials and sacrifices made by our parents and grandparents that allowed the family to live the American dream.

The book’s main theme discusses the unconditional love families share through the good and the bad. I hope the readers will see their own family as they catch a glimpse into my family, a family that is always there for each other no matter what the cost. 

INSIDE THE SPAGHETTI BOWL discusses specific events that shaped the lives of three generations. It is not a self-help book, discussing how to cope with aging parents, but simply a story about putting family first. 

Inside the Spaghetti BowlThe inspiration came from the chilling fact that we were probably not the only ones dealing with this unfortunate scenario. As the baby boomer generation ages, so do the parents who raised them.

I was flying across the country to come back to my hometown three times in three months. As I heard the stories regarding the history, traditions, culture, good times and sad times, I knew I was not the only ‘baby boomer’ facing this heartbreaking task. I hope readers see their family in this book, and it makes them smile. 

Frank, thanks so much for guest blogging today. Your book deals with something we all have faced or will face. It is a difficult time, but also one of precious memories.

Now let me tell you a bit about Frank. A native of western New York, he earned a degree in finance from California State University at Sacramento after serving as a military medic in the U.S. Air Force. He spent over 25 years in the high-tech industry holding positions from account representative to CEO, and for nearly 20 years specialized in turn-around management of companies under 100 million dollars. 

Upon becoming a single, custodial parent after nearly 25 years of marriage, he left an industry that he loved to buy a small business in order to be home to raise his children. He is currently the owner of an insurance agency and resides in Sacramento, California. 

For more on Frank and his writing, visit his website or find him on Facebook.

Here’s Frank’s description of INSIDE THE SPAGHETTI BOWL. The book is based on the last eight days of our mother’s life. It is a celebration of life, family, culture and tradition. As my relatives came to pay their last respects, we heard so many wonderful stories about the trials and sacrifices made by our parents and grandparents so we could live the American dream.

This is a book about family and unconditional love through the good times and bad. It is about a family who is and always will be there for each other no matter what. We hope you see your family in this book and the memories make you smile.


Giveaways, Contests & Prizes!
Join Frank at the Pump Up Your Book’s First Annual Holiday Extravaganza Facebook Chat Party on Friday, December 16, beginning at 4 p.m. (EST).

Frank  will be on hand to answer your questions and will be giving away a copy of his book! You could win a paperback copy of INSIDE THE SPAGHETTI BOWL simply by attending the chat and asking him a question. All there is to it!

For chat details, click on the Pump Up Your Book Live! link. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Please share your thoughts on this moving issues that faces us all.


  1. Mason - Thanks for hosting Frank.

    Frank - You've touched on something we all face - what happens when someone we love is ill. Families can really have a way of pulling together, and I'm glad your book focuses on the strength that families can find. I wish you much success.

  2. I'm sure it was a difficult book to write.

  3. Thank you so much for hosting Frank today, Pamela!

  4. Frank, thanks again for guest blogging and sharing your story with us. Wishing you much success with your writing.

  5. Margot, thanks for stopping by. A family's strength during an illness is very important.

    Alex, I agree. I think it would have been a difficult book to write.

    Dorothy, glad to be a part of Frank's tour.

  6. Thank you for all your comments and for allowing me to share my family's story. It was an emotional book to write, but the good times and many happy memories far outweighed the sorrow. I am so lucky to be part of a family that loves each other unconditionally. We don't hear many good stories in the press or the news regarding family. I hope this book made you smile.

    Frank Zaccari

  7. Writing this book with my brothers is the second single most gut-wrenching, heart-breaking thing I ever had the privilege of doing. It was truly a labor of love and I am so glad that I could contribute to the story. I hope everyone could see their family in our story.


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