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Talking with Grace Zolla Protano author of As Long As You Can See the Clock, You're Okay

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In Grace Zolla Protano's touching memoir As Long As You Can See the Clock, You're Okay she takes us back to a vibrant Brooklyn in the 1950's, a time when the country liked Ike and Baby Boomers were growing up and listening to the new sound of rock and roll. Yet for Grace her childhood memories include living with a mother with bipolar disorder. Unfortunately even with all the hope and prosperity of the times, it was a generation where bipolar disorder wasn't a term used in public or private. Unlike today's generation that talks openly about mental illness and its treatment, such things remained behind closed doors. This book is Grace's way of making peace with the past. The book is funny; the book is sad and ultimately it's a kind of apology for not understanding. Long Island has been Grace's home for thirty-five years. Her experiences with teaching teenagers for most of that time, raising three teenage daughters, and being a teenager herself in Brooklyn, provide a look into the heart of a kid with its conflicts, its sadness, and its unbridled silliness.