Maria’s Scarf : A Memoir of a Mother’s Love, a Son’s Perseverance, and Dreaming Big

Zoro

Zoro (Narrator)

04-30-24

12hrs 17min

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04-30-24

12hrs 17min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography

Description

“Sometimes, we need to see how someone overcomes the obstacles in their life to muster up the courage necessary to meet our own. Maria’s Scarf is a portrait of courage that will inspire dreamers, both young and old. A timely immigrant story of a family pursuing the American dream. You’ll be thinking about these heartbreaking, hilarious, and harrowing adventures long after you put the book down!” Joyce Meyer, New York Times bestselling author

A beautiful and transformative memoir, Maria’s Scarf is the incredible story of a mother’s love, a family’s unbreakable bond, and a starry-eyed boy who never lost sight of his dreams.

As the fatherless biracial child of a Mexican immigrant, Danny Donnelly was never expected to amount to much. Before the age of nine, his single mother had moved her seven children more than thirty times—from the impoverished streets of South Central Los Angeles to rural Oregon and everywhere in between.

Sometimes there was no home to go to, so they slept in their ’62 Chevy; sometimes dinner was a slice of bread; sometimes they showered in a nearby park. Desperate yet ever hopeful, they clung to the only thing they had—each other. Through it all, Danny longed for his father’s love and approval, ultimately channeling his pain and transforming himself into Zoro, one of the world’s greatest drummers.

Eloquent, hilarious, and remarkably tender, Maria’s Scarf: A Memoir of a Mother’s Love, a Son’s Perseverance, and Dreaming Big, tells the story of a family fighting for survival against almost insurmountable odds. Through laughter, tears, and many misadventures, Zoro touches the heart of every reader—young or old, citizen or immigrant—and speaks to the dreamer in all of us, emboldening everyone to live fantazmical lives.

An Educator’s Guide is available: Click here to view or download

Praise

“Sometimes, we need to see how someone overcomes the obstacles in their life to muster up the courage necessary to meet our own. Maria’s Scarf is a portrait of courage that will inspire dreamers, both young and old. A timely immigrant story of a family pursuing the American dream. You’ll be thinking about these heartbreaking, hilarious, and harrowing adventures long after you put the book down!” Joyce Meyer, New York Times bestselling author

“Both Zoro and I were blessed to live our dreams. Maria’s Scarf will inspire you to never give up on yours.” Frankie Valli, lead vocalist of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and cocreator of Jersey Boys, the Broadway musical

“With whip-smart prose and a talent for telling stories, Zoro catapults us into the world of music, but he also takes us on a journey of growing up and what it means to be a family. He captures his childhood as a dreamer that is authentic and pulses like a pattern of drum beats. Maria’s Scarf is a generous and moving story of sacrifice, family, and hope.” Melissa Cistaro, award-winning author of Pieces of My Mother

“Maria’s Scarf is the funny, touching, and inspiring story of a mother whose unending love…gave her son the faith and courage to relentlessly pursue his impossible dream.” Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Storytelling Made Easy

“Zoro’s memoir reads like compelling fiction—a living testament to how love can nurture the soul for triumph amid life’s deep difficulties.” Laura Munson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 

“Much like his drumming, Zoro’s memoir is filled with heart and soul and captures the rhythm of a life filled with adversity, adventure, and ascension. Through his unforgettable journey, he shows us all how to become a shining star. A deeply affecting book about overcoming the odds that will make your heart sing.” Verdine White, founding member and bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire

“One of the best books I’ve read in years. Uplifting, hilarious, heartbreaking, and heartwarming, Maria’s Scarf is a revelation. A love letter to those who love us unconditionally.” Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author

“Maria’s Scarf is an overcoming family saga of epic proportions, brimming with heart and soul, joy and pain, tribulation and triumph. The book is real at every level.” Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law & Justice

“This book had me laughing and crying, sometimes on the same page, but is more than a memoir. With its cinematic splendor, Maria’s Scarf is a movie that calls to be made—one that will inspire millions.” Jimmy Steinfeldt, legendary rock photographer 

“You quickly fall in love with these characters. All the elements of a visual story leap off the page at you with every turn. It’s Whiplash meets Rocky meets The Blindside…with the heart of Forrest Gump. A must-read…and hopefully soon a must-see as well.” Rick Eldridge, CEO/producer, ReelWorks Studios

“Although I make my living with words, I find myself at a loss for words to express how amazing Zoro’s story is. At times, it is hilarious; at other times, heartbreaking; at all times, deeply and beautifully human. I have never read anything like it.” Ken Gire, author of Windows of the Soul

“Maria’s Scarf is emotional and inspiring. I couldn’t put it down!” Gary Bryan, K-EARTH 101 Radio, Los Angeles 

“I can’t recall ever reading a book when I just wanted to stand up and cheer again and again, but that’s how Zoro’s memoir affected me. If I could, I would give this book to every young person in the world.” Homer Hickam, New York Times bestselling author of October Sky

“If you have ever doubted the power to become what you dream despite your circumstances, then read Maria’s Scarf. The American dream comes alive in this wonderfully poignant and exquisitely written account of how an immigrant mother’s faith and fortitude transforms the lives of her children. You’ll be singing the Hallelujah chorus at the end!”  Joe Battaglia, president of Renaissance Communications and author of Make America Good Again  

“A must-read for anyone who has lived, loved, lost, and knew there was something greater waiting for them.” Cathy Rich, vocalist, producer, and daughter of Buddy Rich, the world’s greatest drummer

“This story is for all who dream. It’s for all who have felt shut out and let down; it’s for all who have been buoyed up by someone who unrelentingly kept a candle of faith and hope lit.”  Kim Dorr-Tilley, Hollywood agent

“These pages aren’t just about how to live a beautiful life when it’s easy, but how to press forward with tenacity and courage and love when life is hard. If you’ve got a pulse, you are going to be touched by this book.” Bob Goff, New York Times bestselling author of Love Does; Everybody, Always; and Dream Big 

“Zoro’s memoir portrays a boy who is rich with faith, tenacity, resiliency, and drive! He reminds us that sometimes we just have to fake it ’til we make it! My whole-hearted applause for Maria’s Scarf.” Yvonne Vollert Noblitt, writer/producer

“Maria’s Scarf proves how becoming one of the world’s greatest drummers is not only about technique, but it’s also about the forging of a man’s soul so that each time he lays down a beat, you can feel the pain, joy, and love of Zoro’s improbable and incredible story.” Tony R. Abrams, screenwriter/director

“The rich and colorful details that are woven into every story make his book come alive. If ever there was a story about God making way for one of His own, this is it. Highly recommended!” Bob Kilpatrick, author, musician, inventor

“Belief is powerful. It can cause us to persevere against all odds and do great things…An extraordinary example of how a mother’s faith in God and steadfast belief in her son can make all the difference. It will restore your hope even in the hardest of times.” Dave Ramsey, bestselling author and radio host

“Zoro’s beautiful and touching memoir, Maria’s Scarf, is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the human spirit.” Countess Luann de Lesseps, original cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City

“Captivating…exhilarating…inspiring…riveting…An eight-course meal with dessert! Bravo, Zoro!” Dyan Cannon, three-time Academy Award–nominated actress

“Engaging and evocative, Maria’s Scarf is a glorious portrayal of the poignancy of love, one that kept me turning each page. A magical story filled with surprise and delight, this unforgettable memoir serves as a testament to the power of a mother’s love and one boy’s sheer determination. Every mother who has dreams for her children needs to read this!” Melissa Rivers, actress, producer, and television host of Fashion Police on E! 

“Filled with wit, wisdom, grit, and glory, Maria’s Scarf will leave you with a hopeful sense of possibility and the desire to rock the world in your own way!” Alex Van Halen, drummer and cofounder of the rock band Van Halen 

“Zoro’s memoir will make you smile. The story captures what it means to love hard, stay true to a dream, overcome huge obstacles, and reach for the stars. Like the author himself, Maria’s Scarf is triumphant in spirit, full of heart.”   Marcus Brotherton, New York Times bestselling author of The Long March Home

“Zoro and our lifelong customer, Elvis Presley, were cut from the same cloth…Zoro’s book pays tribute to the heroes who shaped his life in such a beautiful and honoring way that you can feel the love seeping off the pages. Elvis would have loved Zoro and this book!” Hal Lansky, third-generation owner of Lansky Bros., known as the Clothier to the King

“This inspiring story will open hearts, fuel hopes, and restore faith for readers across multiple generations, backgrounds, and beliefs…Maria’s Scarf is the kind of uplifting story you’ll want to read and discuss with everyone you know. The absolute must-read of the year.” Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“Zoro composes a tremendously hopeful ode to music and family. This bewitching rags-to-riches tale keeps an infectious beat.” Publishers Weekly

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Language English
Release Day Apr 29, 2024
Release Date April 30, 2024
Release Date Machine 1714435200
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Biographies & Memoirs, Art & Literature, Entertainment & Celebrities, Coming Soon
Author Bio
Zoro

Zoro has spent four decades performing with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, New Edition, Sean Lennon, Lisa Marie Presley, and Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire. He has been voted the number one R&B drummer in the world numerous times and is the author of The Big Gig: Big-Picture Thinking for Success and SOAR! 9 Proven Keys for Unlocking Your Limitless Potential. His engaging personality, ability to speak on a wide range of subjects, and authentic way of inspiring others have also established him as a sought-after speaker.

Website:  zorothedrummer.com    mariasscarf.com

 

Narrator Bio
Zoro

Zoro has spent four decades performing with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, New Edition, Sean Lennon, Lisa Marie Presley, and Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire. He has been voted the number one R&B drummer in the world numerous times and is the author of The Big Gig: Big-Picture Thinking for Success and SOAR! 9 Proven Keys for Unlocking Your Limitless Potential. His engaging personality, ability to speak on a wide range of subjects, and authentic way of inspiring others have also established him as a sought-after speaker.

Website:  zorothedrummer.com    mariasscarf.com

 

Overview

A beautiful and transformative memoir, Maria’s Scarf is the incredible story of a mother’s love, a family’s unbreakable bond, and a starry-eyed boy who never lost sight of his dreams.

As the fatherless biracial child of a Mexican immigrant, Danny Donnelly was never expected to amount to much. Before the age of nine, his single mother had moved her seven children more than thirty times—from the impoverished streets of South Central Los Angeles to rural Oregon and everywhere in between.

Sometimes there was no home to go to, so they slept in their ’62 Chevy; sometimes dinner was a slice of bread; sometimes they showered in a nearby park. Desperate yet ever hopeful, they clung to the only thing they had—each other. Through it all, Danny longed for his father’s love and approval, ultimately channeling his pain and transforming himself into Zoro, one of the world’s greatest drummers.

Eloquent, hilarious, and remarkably tender, Maria’s Scarf: A Memoir of a Mother’s Love, a Son’s Perseverance, and Dreaming Big, tells the story of a family fighting for survival against almost insurmountable odds. Through laughter, tears, and many misadventures, Zoro touches the heart of every reader—young or old, citizen or immigrant—and speaks to the dreamer in all of us, emboldening everyone to live fantazmical lives.

An Educator’s Guide is available: Click here to view or download