Class Notes: 1977
Vivian Pisano recently released Living in Two Worlds: A Memoir (Arc Light Books). This lyrically evocative memoir is a story of love, loss, and reflection. Vivian, born to an American mother and Chilean father, has an idyllic childhood in her father’s country. At the age of ten, Vivian’s world was disrupted as her sister’s illness takes the mother and children abruptly back to California, without Papá. From there displacement, grief, and resentments drive Vivian’s search for identity and belonging. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, at local independent bookstores, and libraries.
Mona Hajjar Halaby, M.A. ’77, a writer and retired educator living in Berkeley, published In My Mother’s Footsteps: A Palestinian Refugee Returns Home (Thread Books UK) in August 2021. Her memoir is a story in two voices: her mother’s letters about growing up in Palestine pre-1948, and her own about teaching conflict resolution and non-violent communication from 2007 to 2008 at a school in Ramallah. Class Secretary: Ric Brucia, 6468 Washington St No 102, Yountville 94599