Joe Ciardiello was born and raised on Staten Island, NY, just a ferry ride to Manhattan where he attended the High School of Art & Design and Parsons School of Design. A freelance illustrator since 1974, Ciardiello has worked for most major magazines, newspapers, and book publishers, including Entertainment Weekly, The Nation, The New Yorker, The NY Times Book Review, and Rolling Stone. His drawings have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country. Among his awards is the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2016. Joe lives in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
The treasures recovered that day will begin a journey back into time and offer a glimpse of a simpler and sweeter time and place.
Travel back in time to meet two youngsters straight from the rural North Central Florida backwoods and witness their growth to adulthood, straight into a full and wonderful life of love, laughter, and devotion.
The characters of these stories are true living characters of my own family and are much loved and respected.
Witness a treasured letter from a successful businessman and much revered relative that contains a heartfelt thanks to a mentor. This letter would open the authors heart, mind, and soul to discover her beginnings.
The stories contained herein are lessons for those descendants left and hope they will know from whence they came.
The author places August and Louise and their family into the milieu of nineteenth century western Arkansas. He provides a synopsis of Augusts ancestors and shows how his family and descendants have flourished from pioneer days to present times.