Pear Tree September 2018

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“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.” — Frank Lloyd Wright 

Wow, just wow! Last month I celebrated my 55th birthday and I can’t believe how magical August was for me. It was only the end of July that I started shopping around my memoir “I Don’t Want to Be Like You.” Well, one month later, it’s on it’s way to being traditionally published. Yes, Higher Ground Books & Media picked up my story! This is yet another dream come true. The book will be out either later this month or October.

I’m also helping two clients write their memoirs, doing some writing for R&S Landscaping (newsletters and updating their FaceBook page) (https://www.rscape.com/), and continuing with bookings for my presentations (see below).

Do you want to be a part of the Pear Tree journey?  Would you like to book a program, or get help writing your book? Become part of the Pear Tree journey! Call 908-276-1514 during business hours of noon to 6 p.m.; or email maryannechristiano@gmail.com anytime!


Feel free to contact me regarding my services (writing, ghost writing, book editing, blogging, typing, public speaking/lectures, and wedding officiant) at: MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com.

Rates are reasonable, and the first hour phone (or in-person) consultation is free to potential new clients. Every client who uses Pear Tree services will be featured in the newsletter (unless for whatever reason they don’t want to be in the newsletter, as privacy is respected).

And be sure to check out my blog (http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/) for updates and happenings.



“On the Guest List” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

“On the Guest List” is available directly from my publisher, Next Century! To get your copy, go here: https://nextcenturypublishing.com/product/on-the-guest-list/

“Love Cats” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

“Love Cats” is now available on Amazon! For paperback, go here:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513 and for Kindle, go here:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/

 “The Gypsy Smiled” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

“The Gypsy Smiled” is now available Amazon! For paperback go here: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta/dp/1545447470

And for Kindle, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta-ebook/dp/B074VC7MT9


Sunday, September 16, 2018, 2 p.m. “Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ A Celebration of Elton John’s Last Tour” Featuring Rob Fusari — Kinnelon Library, Kinnelon, New Jersey. Free.

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6 p.m. “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” at Kenilworth Library, Kenilworth, New Jersey. Free.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7 p.m. Poetry event at West End Arts Center, Long Branch, New Jersey. $15 at door.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6 p.m. “Eat Well for the Holidays” — Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Free, but please call library to sign up. There is sampling and limited to 20 people!

Friday, November 16, 2018, 1 p.m. “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” — Woman’s Club of Chatham, “Chatham Room” of the Library, 214 Main Street, Chatham, New Jersey. Free.

I also have some private events booked for seniors. Seniors love these programs!

Contact me (maryannechristiano@gmail.com) if your library, JCC, rotary club, or senior group would love to have a presentation. Topics are listed below. Or we can discuss creating a topic for additional cost.


Below is the complete list of all the current available lectures. Please note: paid lectures are only available to corporations that pay “day of.” Pear Tree no longer presents programs to facilities that have a net 30, 60, 90-day policy.


“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry”

“Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember” (land lines, typewriters, etc.)

Art and Inspiration/Motivational Speaking

“Say No to Bullying!”

“Create Your Dream Box and Make It Happen” (Limited to 10)

“Meet Your Soul Mate” (with Dana Cilento Murphy)

“Learn and Listen Series”

“The Life and Music of Freddie Mercury” (with Rob Fusari)

“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – A Celebration of Elton John’s Last Tour” (with Rob Fusari)

“The Life and Magic of ELO (Electric Light Orchestra)” (with Rob Fusari)

“Life and Music of Elvis Presley” (with Ruben Castillo)

“Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” (with Barbara Hassenfeld)

“Ella Fitzgerald Christmas” (with Barbara Hassenfeld)

“History of Motown” (with Stephen Fuller)

“The Life and Music of Michael Jackson” (with Charlie Fusari or Stephen Fuller)

“The Life and Music of Sammy Davis Jr.” (with Stephen Fuller)

“The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” (with Stephen Fuller)

“Nat King Cole Christmas” (with Stephen Fuller)

“The Life and Music of David Bowie” (with Keith Beck)

“The Life and Music of John Lennon” (with Keith Beck)

“The Life and Music of Johnny Cash” (with Keith Beck)

“One Hit Wonders” (with Keith Beck)

Pear Tree Music Extravaganza

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta hosts music shows tailored to your needs featuring between one and three musical artists that she represents. So far, we have holiday shows and a show for Valentine’s Day. Is there something else you have in mind? Let’s talk! Call 908-276-1514

Health Conscious Foodies

(Note: Limited to 20 people)

“Raw Foods for Beginners” (includes raw pudding dessert)

“Paleo for Beginners” (includes dish)

“Healthy Pasta Alternatives” (includes dish)

“Eat Well for the Holidays” (includes dish)


“Origin of April Fool’s Day”

“History and Origin of Mother’s Day”


“Here’s to Your Health and the Benefits of Walking”

“Remembering Our Pets”

What makes my lectures unique is that I get the audience to participate, sharing their views and experiences. They always have a great time!

Call 908-276-1514 for pricing.


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