America Gonnif

by E.M.Nolbay [ABOUT THE AUTHOR]

Non-fiction, adventure,  340 pages
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"AMERICA GONNIF" is a biography in parts and a history lesson of sorts, of the years between and through the two World Wars. In the stories found here, the author romances you through the roaring twenties, vividly relives the depression filled thirties, and depicts epic events as the country fights and works its way through World War II.  The history is not intended as a doctoral or academic literary achievement, but told in easy to read, everyday language:  How a certain family, caught up in the maelstrom of the great depression, fought and survived. The tales tell of toil, tragedy and triumph.  Their message is of hope, faith and love of America. Though the stories have a Jewish flavor, their appeal is universal.
     For older readers, its essence is a nostalgic view of the early twentieth century as perceived by an immigrant boy growing up in New York City, sometimes catching the proverbial brass rings along the way -- and sometimes barely missing them; of falling in love; of returning home after the great war, and of seeking a new frontier.  For younger readers, as well, it should prove an inspiring and educational experience.
     A recent reviewer has critiqued it as  ". . . charming and touching"  -- "romantic and flowery" -- " . . . shows a good deal of warmth, understanding and the human touch" -- " . . . great potential appeal" -- " . . . there is strong character development and quirky charm shown here". . . and a labor of love.

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E. M. Nolbay: Author's Biography

The author has enjoyed many varied and successful careers:
     In his youth, he was an accomplished athlete, which served him well in the Navy during World War ll and still does today. As a young man, he followed his father's footsteps -- a master carpenter, then passed the California Contractors exam and became a builder and a developer . . . and, at the age of fifty-one, passed the California State Bar exam without ever having a formal college education.
     After practicing Law for ten years in the Los Angeles area, in 1982, he retired to the beach community of Mandalay Shores (formerly Oxnard Shores, located half-way between Malibu and Santa Barbara) and picked up yet another calling as a financial advisor (he helps conduct a financial class for seniors and manages the portfolios for family members -- and his own).
He is presently the editor and publisher of his Community Association newsletter (circulation 1400) and is a volunteer Emeritus Attorney for the Pro- Bono program of the Ventura County Bar Assn. Several acquaintances have called him a "renaissance man" and although he maintains that writing this book is his "last hurrah," at the ripe young age of eighty -- who knows?
     He insists his greatest achievement was finding the right girl, to whom he has been married for fifty-seven years, and still going strong. Photo taken July, 1998

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