New memoir chronicles author’s childhood, search for foundational values

“Grandview Days: A McKeesport Memoir” by Timothy James Flaherty recalls bittersweet times growing up in Western Pennsylvania

(PR NewsChannel) / May 29, 2012 / MCKEESPORT, Pa. 

Grandview Days

"Grandview Days" by Timothy James Flaherty

“Grandview Days: A McKeesport Memoir” (ISBN 1468020412) by Timothy James Flaherty offers a journey into the past in search of the people, places and events that shaped the author and colored the tapestry that has become his life.  

More than 20 years since his last visit to the area, Flaherty returns to McKeesport on a personal journey of discovery. Interested in personal, cultural and environmental history, Flaherty marvels at the rocky hills and ramshackle buildings of his youth. The trip soon becomes introspective as Flaherty considers the family that once lived here and the life they shared together. Loving but deeply flawed, he recalls his parents as products of their own difficult upbringings and the circumstances of life around them. Affectionate but honest, the book portrays a family as it was and describes the values and fears it conferred on him.

“People are complicated by their sometimes rough treatment by the world,” says Flaherty, “which can affect their functioning as parents and as role models but if, in the long run, one tries their best that is nearly always seen and appreciated for what it is, and is enough.”

Flaherty also discusses the environmental mayhem he has witnessed in his lifetime, including the degradation of the Western Pennsylvania riverine areas, primarily by the steel industry of the 19th and 20th centuries and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill he experienced from St. Petersburg. Deeply concerned with environmental stewardship, Flaherty emphasizes these themes in addition to moral and ethical values.

“Grandview Days: A McKeesport Memoir” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: Timothy James Flaherty is a dentist with more than 40 years of private practice experience in St. Petersburg, Fla. Flaherty’s decades of face-to-face contact with the community through his dental practice and his work in Rotary International and Unitarian Universalist social justice causes have afforded him an appreciation for the values and ethical principles learned in childhood. A fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a diplomate of the American Orthodontic Society, he has been published in peer-reviewed professional journals.  

Timothy James Flaherty



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