MIA — A Baseball Novel from Joseph Sciuto. Available April 27, 2020

Baseball is part of America’s plot, part of America’s mysterious, underlying design-the plot in which we all conspire and collude, the plot of the story of our national life. — Albert Allen Bartlett

 

 

 

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from coming up to bat.” 
…Babe Ruth

 

As the beloved, hard-working general manager of a Major League Baseball team in California, “Baseball Wizard” Joe Ciotola has given his life to the sport but lost too much in the bargain. Single, childless, disillusioned about baseball, and swamped with regrets after missing the deaths of both of his parents, the 50-year-old Bronx native quits his job and goes looking for something — anything — more satisfying than a life spent juggling rosters, recruiting players, and balancing budgets.

On his way to Anywhere, U.S.A., he stops in a strange place called Salvation, a forgotten desert town where time seems to stand still and where Old Testament values divide the locals between the Saved and the Damned. There, Joe meets Mia, a pitiful creature whose future has been written by the town’s leaders, and who can’t stay without making the ultimate sacrifice. The choices Joe and Mia make together, and the bonds they create with another woman who emerges from Joe’s past, shape their lives forever, revealing the power of connections formed from the ashes of great loss.

 

A baseball book wrapped in a domestic drama, Mia teaches us as much about love and family as it does about the imperfect history of America’s beautiful game.

MIA, a new baseball novel by Joseph Sciuto, author of SOFIA, HOLLYWOOD RIPTIDE,

TARGETED DEMOGRAPHICS and PER VERSE VENGEANCE,

on sale on April 27, 2020 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at fine bookstores everywhere.

Available in paperback and for all mobile devices.

Available for presale:

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Mia-Joseph-Sciuto/dp/1771804017/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mia-joseph-sciuto/1136767464?ean=9781771804011

WALTER ISAACSON’S “BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE.”

Over the last twenty years, I have read a lot of novels about the Revolutionary War era and about the founding of our great country; yet after reading Walter Isaacson’s biography, Benjamin Franklin, I realized how little I really know.

Mr. Isaacson has written some of my favorite biographies, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein, and The Innovators.  Now, I can add his biography on the great Benjamin Franklin to the list.

Mr. Franklin was of the era of Enlightenment, yet one easily could  toss him into the Renaissance era. He is the closest individual that I have read about that is in the same company with da Vinci. Both were amazingly curious individuals and both were hundreds of years ahead of their contemporaries with their scientific studies and inventions.

In fact, a number of their inventions and discoveries currently are used by NASA and the U.S. military. They were both exceptionally social individuals.  Whereas da Vinci was a great painter, Franklin was a great story teller, newspaperman, and satirist.

Franklin is considered the first American diplomat, and whereas he might not have been as adept as Rudy Giuliani, he did do his best (sarcasm intended).  As Washington was winning the war on the battlefield (with the help of the French), Franklin was charming the French government to help pay for colonial efforts.

At 70, the man had more woman admirers than Valentino ever could  have dreamt of having. He was the first American superstar, known around the civilized world for his intellect and inventions. He was the Muhammad Ali of the 18th century, and just as witty and charming.

It was his insights and his willingness to compromise that finally allowed the U.S. Constitution to become the guiding doctrine of the land and the envy of the world over. Sadly, no doctrine has been so abused, trashed and stepped on by our politicians and judges more than our miraculous Constitution… even with all its flaws.

Franklin started the first reliable postal service in America.  His electrical rod and innovative construction of stoves saved millions of buildings worldwide from burning, and his nautical observations are a thing of wonder.

All of the things I stated above are just a small sample of a his life’s work. A truly extraordinary human being.61zcpKItWZL._SX342_