Reviews & Endorsements

Media Reviews

BaBette Davidson, Vice President at The Programming Service for Public Television -PBS


"Oft-quoted American scholar and eternal optimist, William Arthur Ward once said, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." We have found in Meetings at the Metaphor Café a great teacher, Mr. Buscotti. The descriptions of Mr. B's and Ms. Anderson's curriculum is enough to make anyone want to go back to school, re-read old favorites like To Kill A Mockingbird or at the very least, listen to some Bruce Springsteen! Every student deserves at least one teacher like this; a teacher who is passionate about the world we live in and determined to light a fire in each child. This debut novel rings with authenticity because as the author, Robert Pacilio, says in his acknowledgment, it is autobiographical. Mr. Pacilio is certainly a great teacher, and I am just one of the hundreds of students he has inspired over his 32 years as a teacher and mentor. This book is a must for anyone looking for a little meaning and a lot of inspiration, whether you are a new teacher or a lifelong student."

Teacher Reviews

Danielle Galluccio, Trinity Montessori School, Adolescent Academy Director

"Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe reads like an invitation....an invitation to sit down amongst its characters and relive your youth.  With the turn of every page, you are transported back to a time when the world was new to you, sitting among friends, sipping a latte, discussing love and the meaning of things, and discovering life all over again like it was the first time.  Along with the characters, the readers are sent on a journey towards rediscovering themselves and reconnecting with what really matters at the heart of who they are.  All the while, the book reads like a who's who and what's what of the 20th century.  As a teacher, I can say that this book is a MUST read for any high school English or history class.
Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe should be in the hands of every teenager in America, and anyone who once was one!"

Student Reviews
Robert Harkins, Attorney, San Francisco; Graduate of University of California, Berkeley

"I really enjoyed it. I was most impressed with how utterly realistic the high school students were, the way you were able to recreate their thoughts, feelings, and the ways they express themselves. I found myself learning lessons about literature, love, and life all over again."