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Based on a true story, Mockingbird takes you through a gripping and gritty insight into teen life in New York City during the turbulent ‘50s and ‘60s.
Featuring the violence surrounding a troubled and also loving teen who impacted many lives in his journey for acceptance and recognition.
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About the Author

BOABDIL VAZQUETELLES, JR.  or “BO” as everybody knows him, was born in the picturesque town of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in 1944.  His life took a dramatic shift when at the tender age of two, his family relocated to the bustling cityscape of New York.  Nestled in the Bronx, the family found kinship with his Aunt Nery and Uncle Julio before venturing into the pulsating heart of Manhattan and, finally, alighting in Washington Heights.

Growing up in Washington Heights, the author was known as "Fanguito," a nickname he earned due to his skills as a dancer. During his years at George Washington High School, he was part of a colorful social scene that included a brief stint with a street gang, followed by a phase with a group of smooth guys who loved to charm the ladies.  Upon graduating, he attended Interboro Institute of Business where he commenced his career as a court reporter.  In 1966 he was employed with the New York State Board of Parole, and after years of traversing through upstate New York for his job and weathering its harsh winters, he was drawn back to the warmth of his native Puerto Rico.  

Back in the island he obtained a contract with the National Labor Relations Board, and later was appointed as an official court reporter to the late Jose Victor Toledo of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico in 1970.  In 2005 he retired from his position and to this day remains active doing contract work for the Court system and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Anyone who knows Bo will tell you that he is the life of the party,  a true Salsa music historian and a master at story telling, reason why he decided to write “MOCKINGBIRD”, a captivating narrative that takes us through a profound and transformative journey of the life of his cousin,  Jose Antonio Estay Cardona, affectionately known as "Mockingbird”.  

Mockingbird, a figure as enigmatic and transformative as the cityscape they grew up in,  played a crucial role in Bo’s formative years. Their shared experiences and adventures during the decades of the 50's, 60's, and 70's in New York are the cornerstone of this book. These memories, alongside narratives from friends and family, vividly capture the spirit and energy of the era.

His debut book, "Mockingbird," is a testament to his rich and dynamic life, a tribute to his cousin, and an intriguing depiction of a vibrant era in New York's history
This narrative is not just a book, but a journey into a rich and evocative history, where every page pulsates with the rhythm of life and echoes with the memories of a city that never sleeps.

Nowadays, Bo commutes between sunny Florida and his beloved Puerto Rico, savoring the joys of his large and growing family which consists of his wife Irma, three children, eight grandchildren and a great grandson.



Teetering between the autobiography and the true crime narrative, Mockingbird presents, if not a unique take, at best a very candid account of the traumas of culture shock. A coming-of-age story framed by the inherent violence experienced by the Puerto Rican Diaspora in the city of New York during the ‘50s and ‘60s. These pages drip with novel insight, refined prose, and sharp observations where the author relates the influence that his cousin, Mockingbird, had in his life. Disguised by the obvious trappings of misplaced nostalgia, proud nationalism, and the ever-elusive American Dream, the mythical pursuit of happiness, the narrator strips his story of any type of judgment in order to understand his own nature and the nature of the people he loved and places where he grew up. Mockingbird shines a light on how coincidental events and conscientious decisions can equally shape life in unimaginable ways.


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