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Fenton Author Chronicles Sunset Hills History in Images

Sandie Grassino gives insight into preparing the book for release July 23.

After growing up in Sunset Hills and being a life-long South County resident, Sandie Grassino has found herself a calling to be a storyteller.

From teaching English, theatre and creative writing at Northwest High School to being a member of the , Grassino's current form of storytelling is on paper.

 is set for release July 23, joining her other book Images in America: Jefferson Barracks on bookstore shelves in Barnes & Noble, Walgreens, the Book House on Manchester and Amazon.com.

"This is a multi-generational book," Grassino said, flipping through the photo-filled pages of the nine-chapter compilation. "Hopefully people will see a picture and think, 'Oh, yeah, I remember when that happened' and cause conversation."

Sunset Hills takes readers back to the prehistoric and Native American days of the area, leading up to the . Grassino arranged key figures and landmarks in much- and little-known past accounts of Sunset Hills to remind viewers of what she calls a "simpler place in time."

Tidbits, tall tales and ties to American treasures such as Harry Truman and Dred Scott all find their place in the images chronicling Sunset Hills past to recent present. Grassino said she discovered familiar faces of relatives in the vintage photos while preparing the book -- and hopes others will, too.

"I grew up in the area and wanted to remind people that progress is wonderful, but I've always believed that we have to know where we've been before we know who we are," said Grassino, who now lives in Fenton.

Grassino will be signing copies of Images in America: Sunset Hills at the following locations:

  • July 23 at 7 p.m. at the .
  • July 24 at 4 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Fenton.
  • July 28 at 1 p.m. at the Book House on Manchester Road.
  • Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Walgreens on Gravois Bluffs Boulevard.
Patti Betz July 20, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Sandie, I'm so happy to hear you're writing and being published. It's been way too long. I'll see you at one of the signings. Patti Betz
Denise Bertacchi July 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I love these books! Can't wait to see what she dug up.

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