Aunt Gussie’s Socks: A Memoir in Fact & Fiction
by Jack Loscutoff
Published by Marilyn June Coffey
“Jack was brilliant.”
Jack Loscutoff comes alive on these pages as he crafts honest and uninhibited stories about his immigrant Russian heritage and his American education. He draws on his experience in the US Coast Guard to recreate several “life at sea” pieces. He relies on his knowledge of Russian to describe his mother shrieking, “Bozha moi! (My God!) Semyon, shot yetha (Sam, where did all this water come from?)” He recreates his harrowing drive, as a just-licensed driver, up San Francisco’s steep De Haro Street hill.
He demonstrates quick thinking by dousing the fire in his parents’ stove, and his guileless strategy in playing doctor with his sister and his cousin. As a boy, Jack knew the sand on the concrete bottom of the Los Angeles River and the surf-battered Pacific sea anemones, but his adult life swept him across California and the Midwest.
Jack tells his stories mostly tongue-in-cheek, but with an uncommon knack of language.
Jack was one of my favorite people, period. I loved the way his mind worked, I savored his colorful comments. He was brilliant.
—Dan Reynolds, Author of Dangerous DNA