Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – The Tomato Smuggler: How One Man Stood Up To #Communism by Mark Lee Myers

Recently author Sharon Marchisello brought Mark Lee Myers as her guest to the Coffee Morning and delighted to say that Mike will now be joining the Cafe and Bookstore with his book The Tomato Smuggler: How One Man Stood Up To Communism.

About the Tomato Smuggler

A son’s tribute.

His father waged war without bullets, triumphing over communist oppression during Dictator Ceauşescu’s final decade in rural Romania.

Communism robbed freedom, so Nicolae’s father led the family to subtle and overt resistance to retain their dignity. The Cismigiu family built a thriving tomato business and smuggled tomatoes to market to survive. Creatively defying tyranny brought harassment and intimidation directed at what was most valued: family, a prized workhorse, and their tomato farm.

Zeal to keep the spirit of freedom alive came at a cost many could not pay, even the death of a friend during one of their harrowing, midnight tomato smugglings. Joy and sorrow were interwoven into the fabric of the family’s life story, but they focused on happiness and contentment. Grandpa always believed the Americans would come and liberate Romania after WWII but never lived to see the day. Ironically, his dream did come true. It skipped a generation and impacted Nicolae.

One of the recent reviews for the book 

R. Brown 5.0 out of 5 stars The love family and freedom  Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021

This book describes a father’s journey to protect his family’s freedom from a communist government. The details provided are from his son, Nicolae, who witnessed and participated in this journey. This is a true story with most of the happenings from the 1980’s when the “story teller” was young boy approaching his high school years. The detail is so descriptive you feel you are walking along side the characters and my thoughts went from wondering where all this determination came from to understanding the total necessity. The love of his family and the pursuit of freedom was the reason there was no turning back. A true inspiration and a great read.  

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Facebook: Mark Myers Books – More reviews: Goodreads –  Website: Mark Myers Books

About Mark Lee Myers

Mark and his wife, Jeanette, were childhood sweethearts and have shared a great life together.

Mark is a Storyteller. He speaks with passion and writes with a natural voice to give others the gift he gives to himself: a deepened curiosity and broadened perspective.

Mark loves the realism of life stories–to preserve and share them. He is an explorer at heart who immensely enjoys meeting people and learning their love of life, song of spirit, and struggles of endurance–the things that make them uniquely different and yet so similar.

I’m at home with a poor man,
At ease with a king,
And I fit right in with all those in-between. 

 

Thank you for dropping by today and I am sure Mark would love your feedback  – Thanks Sally.

 

39 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – The Tomato Smuggler: How One Man Stood Up To #Communism by Mark Lee Myers

    • Hello Michael – thank you for the link to Patricia’s website. While writing this true story, I also realized that there was not much about pre-internet era in Romania. Nicolae Cismigiu (the voice of this tribute to his father) is currently traveling in Romania, and he met a friend who at the time of this story (1980’s) did not know Nicolae. This friend’s parents had signed the Communist papers, as many people did for self preservation. Therefore, this friend, having now read Nicolae story, is shocked to know this type of harassment and intimidation existed during that timeframe. But it was real. Real sad. THE TOMATO SMUGGLER is a father’s journey to protect his family’s freedom from a communist government. You wonder where all this determination came from until you understand the total necessity. The love for his family and the pursuit of freedom was the reason there was no turning back.

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