four leafed clover Louis Manzo An Irish Lullaby

Former assemblyman turned writer looks to the church for first novel | Faith Matters

NJ.com • Aug 26, 8:00 AM
By Rev. Alexander Santora/For the Jersey Journal

His first book was on the environment. The second was a smash hit smashing Chris Christie. His third book — and first novel — brings him back to his Jersey City West Side neighborhood, where he nurtured his Catholic faith at St. Aloysius Church, right at the mouth of the entrance to Lincoln Park.

Louis Manzo author of An Irish Lullaby

Former Jersey City resident Lou Manzo, who served as a Hudson County freeholder and a state assemblyman, has written his first novel — and third book — “An Irish Lullaby,” which brings him back to his local roots. Now a resident of Belmar, he’s pictured there at the Church of St. Rose. (Rev. Alexander Santora)

“An Irish Lullaby” tells the story of the fictional Rev. Sean O’Connor, now 75, a former pastor of St. Aloysius who’s back for a second assignment at the tail end of his career. The new pastor is a monsignor, a rank O’Connor never reached. A cast of memorable characters fills out the storyline: a Catholic deacon and his wife, staff members of the local Planned Parenthood, a rabbi, and the first Italian – it’s about time – archbishop of Newark, Mario Scaponi. Read more

four leafed clover Louis Manzo An Irish Lullaby

Moonshine Cove Publishing releases Louis Manzo’s An Irish Lullaby

August 2018

AN IRISH LULLABY, a fiction manuscript authored by former Jersey City native and New Jersey State Assemblyman, Louis Manzo, will be traditionally published and offered for advance sale on Amazon the third week of August, followed by distribution to bookstores. The book is published by Moonshine Cove Publishing of South Carolina, a small press that has been recognized with several literary awards. A radio advertising campaign, accompanied by book launches and signings, are planned for September. BookTowne of Manasquan, NJ will debut the book with a launch on September 14th.

Manzo had previous success with his debut, non-fiction book, RUTHLESS AMBITION: The Rise and Fall of Chris Christie, which was published by Trine Day Publishing of Oregon in 2014. The book was well reviewed and sold, according to its Amazon webpage.  Manzo also authors an opinion blog on the book’s website, which successfully forecasts political elections and events in the current day’s news cycle.

AN IRISH LULLABY is set in the Saint Aloysius Parish neighborhoods of Jersey City—where Manzo grew up. Many of the neighborhood’s fixtures from yesteryear star in the book, including a prominent, beloved Jersey City resident icon. “I was fortunate to share the customs, heritage, stories and lives of so many families who befriended me. AN IRISH LULLABY is my tribute to them,” said Manzo. Read more

four leafed clover Louis Manzo An Irish Lullaby

Former Assemblyman Inks Contract For 2nd Book

Former New Jersey State Assemblyman, Louis Manzo, and Moonshine Cove Publishing of South Carolina have announced coming to terms on AN IRISH LULLABY, a fiction manuscript authored by Manzo. The planned publishing date will be late summer/early fall of 2018.

“We strive to put out quality books,” said Publisher Gene D. Robinson. “This effort is being recognized. One of our books [What Went Wrong with Oscar Toll by Charles Bush] was chosen as the BEST LEGAL THRILLER in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, and another [How to Raise Respectful Parents by Laura Lyles Reagan] was named a FINALIST in two categories of the 2017 American Book Fest Awards.

“I am grateful for Moonshine Cove Publishing’s decision to bring my work to fruition,” said Author Louis Michael Manzo.

Manzo had previous success with his debut, non-fiction book, RUTHLESS AMBITION: The Rise and Fall of Chris Christie, which was published by Trine Day Publishing of Oregon in 2014. The book was well reviewed and sold, according to its Amazon webpage.  Manzo also authors an opinion blog on the book’s website, which successfully forecasted political elections and events in the current day’s news cycle.

AN IRISH LULLABY is described as a modern day GOING MY WAY [the famed Academy award winning film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby]. The story depicts a person’s search for relevancy and fulfillment, set against the backdrop of one of the most controversial, moral, and burning social/cultural issues of our time: abortion. The story isn’t preachy but it is factually well-researched, with lighthearted moments that offset the serious themes. Read more