Carl Vincent LaGrotteria Sr. Gets His Heartwarming Autobiography “The Final Me” Displayed at the 2023 Hong Kong Book Fair

The book draws readers into the life story of a man who never neglected his duty of helping others, even after his military service.

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Heartwarming and heartfelt book. I felt as though he was an old friend telling me his stories while sitting on my back porch. Tracy Madonia, Amazon Customer

Author Carl Vincent LaGrotteria Sr. managed to have his poignant and heartwarming autobiography, The Final Me, exhibited at the Hong Kong Book Fair 2023, which was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, last July 19-25, 2023.

The self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet made the exhibit for LaGrotteria Sr.s The Final Me possible. The company is committed to sharing the works of authors such as LaGrotteria Sr. with the world and helps them connect with readers, booksellers, and fellow authors.

The Final Me recounts the life of Carl Vincent LaGrotteria Sr. before, during, and after his service in the U.S. Army. The author takes the readers on a journey of dedication, struggles, failures, disabilities, and hope.

The book introduces the readers to the different people who made an impact on his life, especially with how his life trajectory was set. Each chapter revolves around a specific person driving the story. These people were significant to his growth and made their marks in Carls life as he experienced struggles, happiness, pain, and contentment.

Carl also tells how he got drafted into the U.S. Army. He had always been the type of person who would neglect the job, but this time, he committed himself to serving his country through the military. Unfortunately, a mission left him losing both his legs and acquiring multiple other serious injuries.

After therapy and graduating from Boston University as a valedictorian, Carl married his wife, Nancy, and then moved back to New Jersey. He continued his work, helping his community despite suffering from PTSD.

Readers can get a copy of The Final Me by Carl Vincent LaGrotteria Sr. on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Authors Biography

Carl Vincent LaGrotteria Sr. is an American author and a veteran who has dedicated his life to doing good. Born on February 26, 1948, in Long Branch, New Jersey, Carl lived there until July 15, 1971. He grew up in a supportive but underprivileged family of mixed Italian and Irish descent. Despite suffering from childhood illnesses, injuries, and family traumas, Carl always offered help.

After graduating from Long Branch High School in 1966, Carl attended Trenton State Teachers College, intending to become a math teacher. However, he dropped out in November 1968 due to his dislike for school and his love for partying. Carl worked hard at several jobs, which taught him valuable life lessons. However, he also indulged in drinking, fights, and robberies while hanging out with an unsavory crowd.
In August 1969, he was drafted into the United States Army. Given his familys strong tradition of serving, he never considered shirking his duty to his country. Unfortunately, he was seriously wounded in March 1971, losing both legs above the knee and suffering multiple other serious injuries. After therapy and graduation from Boston University as Valedictorian, Carl and his first wife, Nancy, moved back to Jersey. Despite suffering from PTSD, Carl continued his work in the community.

Now at 74 (soon to be 75), Carl has accomplished most of his lifes goals and is still active in the community. He is married to his second wife and has four children, two of whom are stepchildren and seven wonderful grandchildren. Carls amazing brother-in-law, Frank Taddeo, urged him to write his autobiography, and after several requests, Carl agreed. His autobiography details his experiences, including his struggles, victories, and unwavering commitment.

The Final Me
Author| Carl Vincent LaGrotteria Sr.
Published Date| 4/26/2023
Publisher| Carl V. LaGrotteria
Genre| Autobiography

Vincent Riccardi’s Contemplative Poetry Collection Will Be Exhibited at the 2023 L.A. Times Festival of Books

As a medical professional, Vincent Riccardi has immersed himself in the world of science and hard facts for most of his life. But for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2023, hell be sharing something completely different: poetry. His book, Reality: Truth, Words and Love, shares the feelings and musings he had experienced that ran counter to the prevailing scientism all around him.

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The most important reality had its origin in relationships between two people.

Vincent Riccardi has spent much of his life in the scientific field, particularly healthcare and genetic research. However, he will be sharing something else at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, which will be held on April 22-23, 2023, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

His book Reality: Truth, Words and Love is a compilation of poems that he had worked on since his medical school days. To him, the culture and curriculum of his entire career were steeped in a narrow focus on hard facts and figures. It contrasted greatly with other facets of the human experience that he simply couldnt ignore. This was further compounded by his strong attachment to the linguistic philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

As a result, Riccardi produced an extensive collection of poetry that he had worked on while advancing himself in the sciences. And despite going so far as to establish a tumor research institute and then directing a medical laboratory, he did not let up on his writing. In fact, the fateful encounter with his wife, Susan, only strengthened the convictions he was expressing in his verses.

For him, the most important reality was born from human relationships.

Many of the poems in his new book reflect on this theme in variations and extensions. Some describe scientific understanding as simplified acronyms for greater human sensations and drives. Others play with juxtapositions using the concepts of the erudite, mundane, facts, and emotions. Either way, Riccardi hopes his work will provide a new perspective on the life that is the reality for us in the twenty-first century.

Reality: Truth, Words and Love by Vincent M. Riccardi will be displayed at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books by self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at their exhibit at booth #225. Make sure to visit the exhibit and purchase a copy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the authors website at

Reality: Truth, Words and Love
Author | Vincent M. Riccardi
Published date | August 2022
Publisher | Xlibris
Genre | Poetry

Author Bio
Vincent Riccardi was born in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. In late 1947, his family moved to Southern California. He went to UCLA, and had a very strong attachment to the linguistic philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. He graduated in Georgetown University Medical School on June 6, 1966. He did his internship and residency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he met his wife, Susan (an element of many of the poems), a nurse. They met in February 1967 and were married in July 1967. His genetics fellowship was at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Hospital. He was a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1970 and 1971. His academic faculty career took him to Denver, Milwaukee and Houston. In Houston in 1981, he founded and directed The Neurofibromatosis Institute. In June 1990, they moved to La Crescenta, California, and he was the director of a chromosome analysis laboratory. At the end of his contract, he obtained an MBA and founded American Medical Consumers. He gave up his medical license in 2015. Vincent started writing these poems in medical school and continued composing them at present.

Vincent M. Riccardi’s Poetry Book Will Be at the NYLA 2022 Annual Conference and Trade Show, and ReadersMagnet Book Confab

Vincent M. Riccardi’s words will take its readers on a poetic journey of rediscovering truth and beauty.

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Vincent M. Riccardi’s poetry book will be at the ReadersMagnet Book Confab and NYLA 2022 Annual Conference and Trade Show.

ReadersMagnet will feature the poetry book “Reality: Truth, Words, and Love” by Vincent M. Riccardi at the ReadersMagnet Book Confab on October 28 – 30, 2022, at Tribeca, NY, and New York Library Association 2022 Annual Conference and Trade Show on November 3 – 4, 2022, at Saratoga Springs, NY.

“Reality: Truth, Words, and Love” builds on the lifelong sensibilities of its author Dr. Vincent M. Riccardi. The book acts as a revelation on how modern people unmask the spiral concept manifested by reality as truth’s purpose. From looking back and inwards to the eternal verities shared in clandestine and overt circumstances, Riccardi’s mélange of poetry delves into the unexpected ways humans experience love, among other intimate emotions. Riccardi’s exquisite words eloquently capture the essence of time as an omnipresent element of truth, words, and love.

Riccardi’s 125 poems in his poetry book offer a panoramic view into the universal experience of all those who loved, longed, reminisced, and embraced the cracks of the mortal coil. For the readers to seize the profoundly evocative and moving themes in Riccardi’s poems, they should be sensitive to both the unspoken and spoken allusions to time.

Ultimately, “Reality: Truth, Words, and Love” is a prism that refracts the different hues of life that is the reality for a modern person. It is evident in the profound and revelatory manner Riccardi juxtaposes the elements of truth. The book is for anyone who wants to understand life’s beauty amid its impermanence.

Poetry lovers may get a copy of “Reality: Truth, Words, and Love” by Vincent M. Riccardi. Now available on Amazon.

“Reality: Truth, Words and Love”

Author | Vincent M. Riccardi

Genre | Poetry Book

Publisher | Xlibris

Published date | August 11, 2022

Learn more about the poet by visiting his website:


Vincent M. Riccardi, M.D is a clinician, scientist, teacher, and poet. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1940 and moved to Southern California with his family in 1947. Dr. Riccardi graduated from Georgetown University Medical School on June 6, 1966. He did his genetics fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Hospital. From 1970 to 1971, he served as a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

In 2015, Dr. Riccardi stopped his medical practice. He had begun writing poems while still in medical school, through to today. Throughout, he had a strong attachment to Ludwig Wittgenstein, the linguistic philosopher.

Dr. Riccardi is the founder of The Neurofibromatosis Institute. His extensive work and studies on neurofibromatosis (NF) helped countless NF patients and inspired several NF clinical research strategies. He has more than 250 publications, including books about NF, genetics, and communication.

President of India in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; meets political leadership of Saint Vincent and Grenadines

President of India in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; meets political leadership of Saint Vincent and Grenadines

Addresses special sitting of the house assembly of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; and graces Indian community reception in Kingstown

Reform of global institurions is the need of the hour to reflect the contemporary global reality: President Kovind

Indian and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines signs agreement for the exchange of information and assistance in collection of taxes and MoU on refurbishment of the old calder community centre

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, arrived in Kingstown, the capital city of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on May 18, 2022 in the final leg of his state visit to two nations –Jamaica and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This is the first state visit of an Indian President to this country. The Governor General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, H.E. Ms Dame Susan Dougan, Prime Minister, Dr the Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves and other dignitaries received the President at the Argyle International Airport. The President was accorded a guard of honour at the Airport on arrival.

Yesterday (May 19, 2022), the President commenced his engagements by visiting the Government House where he met Governor General Dame Susan Dougan and Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves. During his meeting with the two leaders, the President thanked both of them for the warm and gracious hospitality extended to him in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. They discussed strengthening cooperation between India and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the fields of Information Technology, health, education, tourism and culture and in the multilateral fora.

Following the meeting, President Kovind, Governor General Dame Susan Dougan and Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves witnessed the signing and exchange of an Agreement for the Exchange of Information and Assistance in Collection of Taxes and an MoU on Refurbishment of  Old Calder Community Centre.

Subsequently, the President visited the Botanical Garden in Kingstown where he planted a sapling of the Indian White Sandalwood and witnessed a cultural performance consisting of a blend of Vincentian and Indian culture.

In the next engagement, the President addressed the special sitting of the House Assembly of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the topic “India and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Towards an Inclusive World Order”.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that we live in a world characterized by multiple linkages among nation-States and people across the world. Today’s closely connected world has brought immense benefits to people around the globe through opening up of new markets, new educational and employment opportunities, greater access to information and new vistas for countries to engage with the outside world.

The President said that this globalized world order has also brought its own set of challenges. Climate Change, political conflicts threatening international peace and security, cross-border terrorism, supply-chain disruptions – are some of the major global challenges that impact us all. He said that nation states would have to look beyond their narrow self-interests in tackling these challenges for the well-being of our future generations.

The President said that multilateralism is more relevant in today’s inter-connected and interdependent world than it was at any time in our shared history. Multilateralism ought to be used as an instrument to promote strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive growth in all nation-states. However, for multilateralism to remain relevant and effective, institutions need to be reformed. Structures and institutions that emerged after the two world wars focused on one major issue – that of preventing another world war. To tackle the complex issues of today, the new world order that we seek to build, is to be an inclusive world order, where every country can express its legitimate interests. This can only happen by way of an expanded and better-designed representation system in key global institutions.

The President said that our objective in advocating for an inclusive world order is to promote a universal, rules-based, open, transparent, predictable, non-discriminatory, and equitable multilateral system. The need of the hour is, therefore, reform of global institutions, with the UN Security Council at its core, to reflect the contemporary global reality.  He noted that on this issue, India and St. Vincent and the Grenadines share common interest, approach and understanding.

The President said that the Government of India’s motto is “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas,” i.e., together with all, development for all, with everyone’s trust and with everyone’s efforts. This also demonstrates India’s approach in the global arena which means India believes in an inclusive world order that is sensitive to legitimate interests and concerns of every country and region, irrespective of its size or wealth.  He said that India thinks and acts for the future of the entire humanity. It has remained steadfast in its commitment to share its experience, knowledge and skills acquired in its journey of development, with fellow developing countries. He expressed confidence that India and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines would continue to work closely together in advancing these shared objectives for an inclusive world order.

In the afternoon, the President visited the Calder Road in Kingstown where he addressed the Indian community and Friends of India.

In his brief remarks on the occasion, the President said that Indian Diaspora and Indians living in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines reflect India’s rich diversity, cultural heritage and traditions and India is proud of them and their achievements. He said that India’s developmental partnership with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is based on the spirit of universal brotherhood. India wants to support them in building a stronger Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with infrastructure projects that add value to the well-being of the people.  He urged all of them to connect with the new India, its immense energy and rapid economic growth.

Subsequently, the President renamed Calder Road to ‘India Drive’ by unveiling of a plaque in the presence of Prime Minister Gonsalves, members of Indian community and other dignitaries.

In the final engagement of the day, the President attended a banquet hosted by the Governor General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at Government House.