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Small mediums at large : the true tale of a family of psychics
Iacuzzo, Terry.
Adult Nonfiction BF1027.I23 A3 2004

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Cosmo Girl! columnist Iacuzzo grew up in a family of seers-including brother Frank, also a celebrity psychic-where fortune-telling, s?ances and prophetic visions were a daily routine. But psychological factors, including her mother's coldness and her brother's temper, loom larger than psychic phenomena in this spirited and affecting coming-of-age memoir. School was "excruciating" for young Terry, but she, like her siblings, had only to think of blood to get a nose bleed (and a hall pass); later, prescience about her classmates' cheating boyfriends earned her social cachet. Following Frank (her "real mother") to New York after high school, Iacuzzo bounced between apartments and jobs, dropped acid religiously, discovered her sexuality, steeped herself in the effervescent confluence of the blossoming gay and New Age spiritualist subcultures of the 1960s and '70s and finally settled down to offering startling psychic insights to VIP clients. There are a few too many recollected conversations from decades past and trippy descriptions of her LSD-fueled visionary trances, and skeptics may doubt her tales of bizarre paranormal happenings. But her story is full of colorful, well-observed characters, and her insights into more everyday occurrences-such as her tense, poignant account of a visit by her working-class, homophobic father to Frank's wealthy, flamboyant, gay demimonde-prove her a skilled portrayer of familial complexities and disaffection, both normal and paranormal. Agent, Candice Fuhrman. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Renowned medium and Cosmo Girl! columnist Iacuzzo tells all in this surprisingly charming autobiography. Born in Buffalo, NY, to a family of Italian psychics, she explores the realities of growing up in a dysfunctional household. Her emotionally unavailable mother, Mary, thrives on predicting the perils of her neighbors' relationships, while her father, Andy, entertains his friends by successfully forecasting winners in horse races. Then there are her sister, Rosemary, who terrifies acquaintances by predicting catastrophes, and her brother, Frank, who amuses the other children with feats of psychic prowess. When Frank departs for the metropolitan thrills of Manhattan in the 1960s, Terry is close behind. Much of the book chronicles Terry's struggle with drugs and insecurity, along with her quest for a spiritual calling in bohemian New York City. Comparable to HBO's Six Feet Under, this work offers its own insights into dysfunctionality and recovery. Recommended for large public libraries with books like Maryrose Occhino's Beyond These Four Walls: Diary of a Psychic Medium and Jess Stearn's Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet.-Lynne F. Maxwell, Villanova Univ. Sch. of Law Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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