Guinea Bastard

Published in 2018, Guinea Bastard collects personal essays by the New Jersey-born, Nashville-residing Joe Pagetta, both published and unpublished. They’re about growing up Italian American in Jersey City and falling in love with rock music (especially the band Queen); about the promise and failings of marriage and the dreams and realities of making music; about reconciling with a father who can be abusive and caring for a mother who has dementia. Mostly, they’re about growing and changing and becoming, in ways we all understand. Available in Paperback and Kindle Versions, with a jacket design by Sam Smith.

Purchasing Options 

Paperback: Recommended Seller!  Parnassus Books (Nashville)  

Paperback: Barnes & Noble 


Digital:  Kindle Edition 

Borrowing Options: My Local Nashville Public Library 

Excerpt: Chapter 16: Handyman Blues: An Unhandy DIYer Considers the Question of When to Start Again

East Side Storytellin’ – Chuck Beard’s recap, along with complete audio of the show, of my participation in Beard’s venerable music and story series. Joe Pisapia performs.

TPAC Arts Appetizer – Audio of my participation in a discussion with TPAC’s Kristin Horsley and ‘A Bronx Tale’ cast member Frankie Leoni about everything from being a kid actor in a musical to growing up Italian American.

The Italian American Podcast – In the Story Segment, I speak with host Anthony Fasano about the themes and stories in “Guinea Bastard.” The episode features best-selling author, manifesting expert, keynote motivational speaker, and master life coach Sarah Centrella