Nicholas Nigro is a freelance writer and the author of multiple books in a variety of fields. From spirituality to science and medicine, popular culture to pets and animals, his informative, entertaining, and often uplifting titles span a wide gamut of topics and appeal to an eclectic swath of readers. His diverse publishing credits include The Everything Collectibles Book, The Everything Coaching & Mentoring Book, 101 Best Businesses for Pet Lovers, Night Sky: A Falcon Field Guide, and Seinfeld FAQ.
Set in 1978 Kingsbridge, the Bronx neighborhood of his youth, The DeTestables, a short story, is a prequel to Cream Sam Summer, the author’s first novel. He lives in New York City.
It’s the 1970s in the Bronx. The neighborhood of Kingsbridge to be more precise—a gritty urban enclave with bona fide small town charm as well—where teenager Matthew “Bean” Casale calls home. Life in that intriguing snapshot in time is forever interesting—always an unpredictable and exciting adventure—for Bean, his friends, and his antagonists, too.
A Bean Grows in the Bronx is a series of works—the inaugural two being Cream Sam Summer, a full-length novel, and its short story prequel, The DeTestables, which is FREE and a fitting place to begin. Written from the perspective of a precocious and sensitive teenaged boy nicknamed “Bean,” the series—based on real people, places, and events—takes readers back to what was undeniably a simpler time and, too, a fascinating place in which to grow up.
It’s wintertime in Kingsbridge, 1978, and Tony Testa has put fifteen-year-old Matt “Bean” Casale on notice. It’s an unenviable position to be in for sure, because Testa and his unsavory band of punks are bullies of renown. They have earned their malevolent moniker. The DeTestables is an intriguing short story from a colorful snapshot in time in an equally colorful Bronx neighborhood.
It’s summertime in the Bronx, 1978. The ideal backdrop for Cream Sam Summer and its myriad characters to confront past ghosts and ponder their futures, too, because nothing stays the same—nothing at all. Not neighborhoods and not people. Written with heart and humor from the perspective of a sixteen-year-old Bronx boy, Cream Sam Summer is a retro YA with appeal to adults of all ages as well.