About the Authors

Bea Tusiani (center) is a freelance writer published in The New York Times and Newsday, among many other magazines and newspapers. She has written a memoir, Con Amore, and a children’s book, The Fig Cake Family, both strongly rooted in her Italian heritage.

Bea founded the Writer’s Network of Long Island, the Frances Hodgson Burnett Collection at the Manhasset Public Library, and the Italian Welfare League’s charitable I Nostri Bambini Program. Most recently, together with her family she established the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Paula Tusiani-Eng (right) worked as a labor and community organizer before receiving her Master’s in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. She served as youth minister and director of formation at a Long Island congregation, and as a campus minister at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. Married, with four children, Paula is pursuing a career in social work.