Don Alfredano

Don Alfredano
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As a writer, a musician, and a dreamer, Don believes that having an open heart, an open mind, and being able to seek out the best in others is invaluable. His books provide examples of unadulterated humanity, from despair to joy, from heartache to triumph.

His first book is titled “Be Strong, Be Tough, Be Smart.” It tells the triumphant story of raising his son who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4 and went on to become a PhD in Engineering Physics, working with NASA and other space science institutions. It is a part memoir, part informative guide on raising a child with developmental disorders. It received a five star rating from Kirkus Review and a four star review from Foreward-Clarion.

His new book, “Real Men Wear Beige” is in stark contrast with my first book in terms of style and content, as it comes from a different time and place in my life. Its language and tone match the realism of the setting it represents. Real Men Wear Beige is about his journey through the criminal justice system and his incarceration after receiving a 5 year prison sentence on an official misconduct charge. The book reveals some hard, cold facts about prison life through a very expressive and provocative story and does so in a poignant and somewhat “tongue in cheek” manner. The book “Orange is the New Black” by Piper Kerman could be considered comparable in terms of its depiction of prison relationships, comradery and setting, but the incredible journey depicted in Real Men Wear Beige is a bit “rougher and tougher,” reflecting the differences between the women’s and men’s prison environment. The journey is intense, informative and enlightening.

As a musician and songwriter whose musical career was at its height in the 1980’s, he has now come full- circle and has also recorded a Real Men Wear Beige Soundtrack featuring the songs he wrote while incarcerated to express the emotions and events swirling around him.

The Soundtrack is available at www.rmwbeige.com

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Real Men Wear Beige

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Real Men Wear Beige is a reality check for those with preconceived ideas about the criminal justice system. It shows that even the best of us can get caught in the fray and end up having to endure the punishment meted out for poor choices – and in Donato’s case, it was a five year prison sentence.

While delivering hard, cold facts about prison life, Donato’s moving narrative is provocative, compassionate, ironically humorous, and full of surprises. He weaves his innermost thoughts and emotions together with intriguing vignettes about the everyday realities and outrageous personalities he encounters along his journey. As a musician and songwriter, these vignettes become the backdrop for the songs Donato was inspired to write as he forged his way through the chaotic realm of concrete and steel. They have since become the inspiration for the thought provoking “Real Men Wear Beige” soundtrack, which is now available at www.rmwbeige.com.

Real Men Wear Beige delivers a colorful dose of reality and a vivid snapshot of plain, old, unadulterated humanity… from the dregs to the divine.

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Be Strong, Be Tough, Be Smart

Be Strong, Be Tough, Be Smart

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Be Strong, Be Tough, Be Smart tells one family’s unique tale of championing a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from infancy to adulthood. Alfredano and Star offer empathetic emotional support, as well as practical tips for connecting with your child with autism.

When Donato Alfredano’s son, “Denny,” was diagnosed with autism thirty years ago, Alfredano and his wife faced previously unimaginable trials: lack of information about Denny’s condition, social isolation, and the daily fight to balance caring for their brilliant but difficult son with life’s myriad of other challenges. The Alfredano family, including Denny’s younger sister, Giada Star, weathered years of trial and error with unwavering dedication to, and faith in, each other.

They saw Denny go from an uncommunicative toddler to a respected PhD.

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