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Patricia Vaccarino

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Patricia Vaccarino
Born(1956-10-17)October 17, 1956 (age 64)
Yonkers, New York, United States
EducationB.A. English and Political Science,

University of Rhode Island,

University of Puget Sound School of Law
Genrefiction, non-fiction
Years active2009 - Present

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Patricia Vaccarino (born October 17, 1956) is an American writer. She has published three novels as well as three nonfiction books based on her experience in public relations.

Personal Life[edit]

Patricia Vaccarino grew up in Yonkers, New York[1]. At fourteen she began writing a novel about Yonkers that eventually became her first literary work, YONKERS Yonkers![2] It is about growing up in Yonkers during the 1960s and 1970s.[3] A sequel, The Heart of Yonkers, was published April 2, 2020.[4]

Vaccarino’s most recent book is a nonfiction work, The Death of a Library: An American Tragedy, about the circumstances that led to the demolition of the Yonkers Carnegie Library in 1982.[5] [6]

Vaccarino has stated that she feels grateful for having grown up in a working-class town because from an early age it gave her the ability to understand people from all walks of life.[7] The first book in the Yonkers trilogy, YONKERS Yonkers!: A Story of Race and Redemption, explores the racial past of Yonkers,[8] the Vietnam War, the Woodstock Music Festival, and drug use endemic to Yonkers youth in 1970.[9] The second book in the Yonkers trilogy, The Heart of Yonkers, tackles coming of age pangs. [10]

Education and Career[edit]

Vaccarino graduated from the University of Rhode Island, and also has advanced education from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law).[11]

Vaccarino owned Xanthus Communications and founded the internet company PR for People®. She retired from public relations in 2017.

Vaccarino has written film scripts, press materials, articles, essays, speeches, web content, marketing collateral, and books that led to her being interviewed on a wide range of topics related to Public Relations.

Her workday discipline[12] has generated news due to her commitment to fitness and ballet training.[13] Her book Steps: My not-so-secret life as an adult dancer and how it impacts my life and business was inspired by learning ballet.[14]

She has written essays to demystify the process of how the news gets made,[15] which ultimately led to the publication of her book American Spin.[16] This nonfiction work examines the history of spin from Julius Caesar, the young Caesar Augustus and Queen Elizabeth I of England to present day media stars like Kim Kardashian, Lee Radziwill, and the public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy.[17]

Her essay When the Bronx Looks Like Paris[18] drew criticism from Bronx community activists, including Bronx public officials, who claimed she was depicting a negative portrayal of the Bronx. [19]



  • One Small Murder (2010)
  • YONKERS Yonkers!: A story of race and redemption (2018)
  • The Heart of Yonkers (April, 2020)
  • So Not Yonkers (forthcoming)


  • PR for People (2009)
  • Steps: My not-so-secret life as an adult dancer and how it impacts my life and business (2012)
  • American Spin (2015)
  • The Death of a Library: An American Tragedy (2020)


  1. Walsh, Michael (October 17, 2019). "Interview with Patricia Vaccarino". Yonkers Public Library.
  2. Walsh, Michael (October 17, 2019). "Interview with Patricia Vaccarino". Yonkers Public Library.
  3. Walsh, Michael (October 17, 2019). "Interview with Patricia Vaccarino". Yonkers Public Library.
  4. "Summer Reading with a Yonkers Connection". Yonkers Times. July 11, 2018.
  5. "Why Was the Carnegie Library Torn Down?". Yonkers Times. January 17, 2021.
  6. Walsh, Michael (October 17, 2019). "Interview with Patricia Vaccarino". Yonkers Public Library.
  7. Walsh, Michael (October 17, 2019). "Interview with Patricia Vaccarino". Yonkers Public Library.
  8. Garcia, Ernie (June 23, 2018). "Yonkers' racial past explored in young-adult novel". Lohud.
  9. Fogle De Souza, Rachel (January 24, 2018). "'Yonkers Yonkers!': Patricia Vaccarino's New Book Explores Racial Tensions and Friendship during Woodstock". Book Trib.
  10. Lloyd McMichael, Barbara. "The Bookmonger: 'Heart of Yonkers' tackles coming-of-age pangs". Our Coast Weekend Arts & Entertainment Weekly. Our Coast Magazine. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  11. DeFalco, Ryan (December 6, 2018). "Thursday Twitter Takeover: Patricia Vaccarino". Young Entertainment Magazine.
  12. "A Day in the Life, Patricia Vaccarino: Founder, Xanthus Communications & PR for People". The Native Society. September 25, 2018.
  13. Feloni, Richard (February 12, 2014). "The Morning Rituals of Highly Successful Small Business Owners". BusinessInsider.com.
  14. "STEPS by Patricia Vaccarino". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  15. "Patricia Vaccarino: Public relations without spin". queenannenews.com. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  16. "Bookmonger: The 21st century landscape of American business". Bellingham Herald. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  17. Desk, BWW News. "Patricia Vaccarino Pens AMERICAN SPIN". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  18. "When the Bronx looks like Paris". Ground Report. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  19. Conde, Ed García (16 October 2013). "Bronx Residents Slam Seattle Publicist Patricia Vaccarino For Poor Journalism & Trashing Our Borough". Welcome2TheBronx™. Retrieved 4 January 2020.

External links[edit]

  • Official website of the author [1]
  • Official website of Yonkers Books [2]

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