Sophia Stoop Story: 18th Street Brooklyn

Sophia Stoop Story: 18th Street Brooklyn

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On a stoop in Brooklyn, in the 1960s, Uncle Frankie begins telling Sofia and her cousins a story about the day he met Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player, Carl Furillo. Meanwhile, Sofia's Nana is next door, preparing the Italian family's Sunday dinner. Nana sends Sofia on errands to buy cheese, bread, and cannoli. Sofia returns to the stoop, only to discover that Uncle Frankie's story is over, and it's time to eat. When Uncle Frankie realizes Sofia is upset because she only heard bits and pieces of his story, he shares his historic tale from beginning to end, and he gives her a keepsake that he's saved since 1947. Maria LaPlaca Bohrer's story reveals the 1960s, Brooklyn landscape through her own memories of Sunday dialogues with her Nana, her Uncle Frankie, and local merchants. She explores the warmth and consistency of intergenerational relationships in a typical, Italian-American family.

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