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the Evolution of a Cro-Magnon by John Joseph

5/24/15
Last night, I finally finished John Joseph’s autobiography, The Evolution of a Cro-Magnum (2007 Punkhouse Publishing).   I say finally since I had a difficult time reading and finishing this 423 page book.  I felt it was full of exacerbation and to be blunt - I felt it was not authentic.  I am not suggesting Mr. McGowan (his birth name) did not have a rough childhood.  He and his brothers were raised in foster homes, abused by the foster families and suffered, emotionally and physically.  His depiction of one foster family, the Valenti’s, Italian immigrants was at times humorous and other times disturbing.  Mrs. Valenti would make the boys sandwiches, but not the sort you’d expect, perhaps a peanut butter and jelly, no and here’s an exaggeration she scooped the icing off Oreo cookies with her teeth and spat the contents on the slices of bread, really?   It seems the book was full of peaks and valleys one moment he is living with another foster family in Garden City with the sa…