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Book details
  • SubGenre:Inspiration & Personal Growth
  • Language:English
  • Pages:150
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098385750
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098385743

Giving Back

Memories, Reflections, and Lessons Learned

by Edward A. Joseph

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"A heartwarming, powerful, and easy-to-read collection. With an impressive career as a published storyteller, these personal and previously published stories are healthy, honest, and unafraid to probe the deeper meaning behind the simple joys and moments of life. There is undeniable heart in these stories, and their bite-sized nature makes them charming and memorable. Giving Back is a tender exploration of universal beauty with vital lessons for all."-Self-Publishing Review
"For a volume of short stories, essays, and articles that offer wisdom, tears, insight, and humor, Giving Back: Memories, Reflections, and Lessons Learned by Edward A. Joseph is the perfect gift to give yourself or someone else."       
—Tammy Ruggles, for Readers' Favorite, Five Stars

"The more I read, the more I found myself immersed in Joseph's writings. His prose is minimalistic and flows smoothly. The rhythmic bouts of wit and humor throughout the book keep you entertained all the way."
—Pikasho Deka, for Readers' Favorite, Five Stars

Giving Back is an inspirational book of 50 short articles by the author, the majority of which have been previously published. This collection of the author's personal experiences is masterfully crafted to entertain, offer advice, and inspire readers. A few of the selections will bring a tear, while others a smile. Giving Back will appeal to many readers, but especially those 50-years old and older who are looking for informative, engaging, and entertaining stories.
About the author

The author has varied interests including reading, bowling, golf, and challenging Sudoku puzzles. He has a life-long love of sports, and at the age of 76 finished first in the 200-meter dash at the Empire State Senior-Masters Games.

He holds three academic degrees, and whimsically, he also graduated from the International Bartender’s School in New York City. He worked as a bartender part-time for a number of years in a private tennis club and full-time one summer in a restaurant. He also worked a summer in construction and a number of summers as a security guard. In addition, he received a United States patent (#5,732,952) on a baseball-related bucket game.

After retiring from the Yonkers public school system, where he was a teacher and administrator, he started working as a freelance writer. His nonfiction work has appeared in regional newspapers and magazines, as well as national magazines and books, including Inventors' DigestElks MagazineVibrant LifeAngels on EarthChicken Soup for the Soul, and The Saturday Evening Post. His first book, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Teacher, which is about his career as an urban educator, is available as an eBook at Google Play Books, and as a print edition at

He has two grown children, and lives with his spouse, Susan, the love of his life, with their French bulldog, Louie, in the Park Hill section of Yonkers.

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