Local author publishes memoir

“The Youngest Son, Memoirs from the Motherland” by Oreste LeRoy Salerni (Peppertree Press) records the odyssey of Salernia and his wife, Marti, to Italy, the birthplace of his immigrant parents. “My dream had always been to return to Italy ... not to visit, but to teach and do research as a way to pay tribute to my parents and my heritage. Finally, in 2003, my dream sabbatical was realized,” Salernia says. The couple retired to Bradenton following Salernia’s 36-year stint as professor of medicinal chemistry at the Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Indianapolis. Salernia describes the memoir as written from the heart with a good dose of humor, “As a reader of the memoir you can share the joys, anxieties, humor, travels, Italian foods, new friends and frustrations (with Italian bureaucracy) with me,” he says. For further information, see www.theyoungestson.com.

— Herald staff report