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Author Kathleen Cortese recreates her deceased father’s lifetime through vivid recollections recounted by her mother and sisters in Forgotten Hero: A Memoir. Wielding her excellent narrative skills and engaging storytelling style, Cortese takes readers into a family saga that began in New York City’s Greenwich Village.


In 1906, nine-year old Eddie was sent by his mother to panhandle. Her husband is dying of tuberculosis and she is pregnant for the eleventh time. She can barely pay the rent, and her two youngest children have no shoes. There is no money for food and to keep the family warm over the winter she burns every stick of furniture in their one-bedroom basement apartment.  As the family's story unfolds, it is at the same time told through the eyes of Eddie as he grows up on the tough streets of Greenwich Village.









Follow this riveting saga that took place in Ireland and New York City in the second half of the nineteenth century…


It begins in 1849 when a thirteen-year-old boy, through a cruel twist of fate, lands at the tip of the island at Castle Garden. Frightened and alone, James Barry simply walks off the ship onto the city's congested streets and begins his adventure. For the next fourteen years he works on the docks and lives in the Bowery until, so disgusted by the draft riots, he signs up on a clipper and spends the next two years on the open seas. He winds up back in Ireland and meets and marries a girl from his own village. After three children and a futile attempt at farming land he knew he could never own he heads back to post Civil War America.


Beyond Forgetting You is a personal account of how James' family co-existed with their neighbors in a Westside tenement in lower Manhattan. The story is simultaneously told through his youngest daughter's journals. Bridget optimistically describes her life and her family's plight to become middleclass. She tells the intricacies of inner-city living and gives a realistic look at social problems and how the lower class dealt with events, politics, ideas and uptown opulence. Manhattan was then much as it is today, a very overcrowded and exciting city where the family constantly struggled to survive while never losing their simple pleasure in being alive.