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Park Avenue to Park Bench

A book of short stories by Michael Domino

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There Are No Problems Only Solutions - What a Great Motto!

  • Jun 30, 2014
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The author, Michael Domino sent me a free copy in exchange for a non-biased opinion.

In the author's introduction he stated that the book is a collection of actual experiences garnered on the streets of New York City with all kinds of people that the author met through mundane circumstances. This intrigued me to start reading and I was hooked. The book reads like one of the several movies of vignettes of New York City (think New York Stories). From the very first story I was hooked. It is a tale of an ex-con/mafioso named Ricky Glasses who everybody ignores. The author takes a special interest in him and Ricky ends up being a big help when Hurricane Sandy hits, taking nothing in return but Indian brand tobacco.

Other tales include a dangerous business that Mr. Domino ran that at one time got some mysterious new employees that turned the business around, an encounter with a fortune teller, a ride-along with a private investigator to meet a mafia turncoat and of course the biggest short story that is the title of the book.

The author describes throughout how he observes people to get his ideas and is always willing to jump into uncomfortable situations with the motto "there are no problems, only solutions." I couldn't put this book down and found most of the tales to be incredibly interesting. The book reminds the reader that all people, no matter what their circumstances, count for something and usually have something intriguing about their life. I hope Mr. Domino has more of these tales coming. I also would like to be able to post this review on more sites as I do not see the book yet on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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On long daily walks around Manhattan, Mike Domino meets some amazing characters and listens as they tell their stories. He finds them everywhere — parked on benches, stoops, or bar stools. (Some names have been changed to protect the guilty.) We meet, and even learn to love these only-in-New York characters through the twenty, mostly factual stories of this highly readable romp along the streets of a city that Mike Domino obviously loves. Manhattan has its own Studs Terkel.

Park Avenue to Park Bench gives us x-ray vision into the heart of one of the most fascinating places, New York City, where the essence of people’s lives converge with the skyscrapers and bricks and mortar of a city in a constant state of flux and evolution. Domino’s Manhattan, in many respects, is almost a mystical island where you just never know what to expect to appear or around the next corner.

Previous to Park Avenue to Park Bench Michael Domino published three books of short stories and a novella: Wandering Mind, Cadillac on the Bowery, Loud Whispers, Time to Pay the Rent.

Author Michael Domino found his voice first as a writer of poetry. He composed two collections titled Cadillac on The Bowery and Wandering Mind. From there he moved on to the art of the short story after realizing that many of his poems and prose were in fact stories in the miniature. He is now working on his first Novel.

Born in Queens, New York, Domino spent his youth growing up in suburban Long Island but...

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