Rambling Round - Inside and Outside at the Same Time
Life and Growing Up in North Jersey

By Anthony Buccino

''... Buccino's style is a cross between Garrison Keillor and Dave Barry, his stories full of heartfelt observations that inevitably have an edge of humor. ..."

Anchored in New Jersey, Anthony Buccino pays tribute to the unique Garden State Parkway toll road, but you don't have to be from New Jersey to enjoy this collection. In fact, by now the rest of the country should be ready for Buccino and Rambling Round - Inside and Outside at the Same Time.

This collection represents the best of Buccino's humor and homage to living life every day  with tongue firmly in cheek while hoping for something funny to happen.

On the occasion that he writes seriously, they are bound to give you a nice warm feeling. Buccino's essays are written from the heart and the hearth about family and surroundings.

In the 1950s there's Strangers in Old Photos.

In the 1960s there were those Boy Scouts days spent camping at Wildcat Lake - It's Catfish Pond  Now.

In the 1970s revisit those Saturday afternoons football games selling Pretzels!

In the 1980s head to Las Vegas for Pushing Ginger.

In the late 1990s stop in for lunch in Rambling Round Harborside.

Ride the new Hudson Bergen Light Rail and take one last ride on the Newark City Subway in Underground.

Not only are these tales are all over the block, but they take you along for the ride, too.

 Re-live the wonder of the strange midnight calls from Korea, the Happy Dog Dance, a Magical Top Drawer, those Air Raid Drill Memories and living in the town that brought the world Martha Stewart.

If you've ever wondered about picking up a bowling ball with a vacuum cleaner, then this collection is right up your alley!

''... Buccino's style is a cross between Garrison Keillor and Dave Barry, his stories full of heartfelt observations that inevitably have an edge of humor. ..."

-- Al Sullivan in The Secaucus Reporter


A famous writing magazine's contest judge said:

"Great storytelling! The author sees "the story inside the story" and communicates each one succinctly and effectively. His observations are a gift and so is his way of communicating them. I laughed. I cried. It made me email my 84-year-old mother. I could smell the leather of my father's shoes. THAT'S good writing."

"... Advice to author: while you are rightly likened to a number of other writers, be sure to stay Anthony Buccino. There are no duplicates."


Rambling Round - Inside and Outside at the Same Time

A famous writing magazine's contest judge said this book's cover should say:

''New Jersey's 'Garrison Keillor' ''

''Buccino takes us where we've all been, in these charming, very readable, accessible essays. It's quite pleasant revisiting the innocence that he creates or remembers in these often wry and witty observations about life. The writing is very good, even, and flows nicely, to make one want to read more.... The author could even be played up a bit on the cover, such as ''New Jersey's 'Garrison Keillor' '' or something to that effect. ... There should be definite regional interest in this book. But Buccino writes well enough to draw a national audience as well ...''

Rambling Round, Inside and Outside at the Same Time by Anthony Buccino

Rambling Round - Inside and Outside at the Same Time


A test, Peggy Sue?

After the Titanic

Air raid drill memories

And so we trust

Antnee’s shoe store

Bellwood Crier has-bin


Bob Harris fan club

Call me Mr. Memory

Canned soup in a jar

Coal Miner’s Kids’ Christmas

Do we ever stop missing our folks?

Doggie neighborhood

Editor imprisoned

Gram’s headache cure

Great-gramps was a ‘Pumpkin’

Happy dog dance

House challenged

Howling hounds

If you are meant to drown

It’s Catfish Pond now

Jersey Kid

Lab competition heats up

Lawn labors lightener

Light rail, Jersey City

Lunker Lake

Magical top drawer

Marooned Boomer

Martha doesn’t live here, anymore

Midnight fax

Monk’s Castle joyrides

Mudhole Martha

New Jersey road icon

No Saturdays off

Not where you fish

One hundred ten dollar light bulbs

Parallel parking

Parkway tokens pave way to Hell

Peter Pan Revisited, again



Pushing Ginger Rogers and such

Rambling round Harborside, Jersey City

Random channels

Reunion trepidation

Roaring peace

Sleeping over

Strangers in old photos

Summer peaches

Sun Tan Lake

Timing is everything

Underground, Newark City Subway

Vacuum bowling!

What area code?

Where or when you laugh

Why we cry at weddings

Why we do it

Writing the book is the easy part

Yellow crackers school days

Yo, Donald Duck, hit the hay!


Anthony Buccino





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