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Allen Callaci is a librarian, rock and roll singer, and heart transplant recipient. Heart Like a Starfish is his account of that death-defying journey and the healing that follows for both himself and those around him. With illustrations by the author and beautiful cover art by AMY MALOOF, this wonderfully chaotic tale is told in a non-linear style that manages to convey the frenetic events and emotions while still embracing the strength and care and security all around. A portion of the proceeds of the book will be donated to Cedars-Sinai Heart Research Institute where the procedure was performed.

Includes an offer to download a 3-song EP featuring the songs "Heart Like a Starfish," "Lonesome Surprise" (featuring John Darnielle of Mountain Goats), and "Be Positive."


“A true hero’s journey, Callaci’s memoir is layered with symbols along the path to help guide the narrator and reader. A dry, Han Solo-like humor helps us get through the heartbreak. And like a Shakespearean dream, we awaken at the end with newfound joy, cherishing this wonderful life.”Kevin Glavin, author of Rock Star’s Rainbow and All The Things You’ll Do!

“For any generation... An astonishing story about how close life is to death. Written in a relatable style...Existential...using street language...Callaci's true story is heartfelt!!”Claudia Lennear, featured backup singer in the Academy Award winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom

“Allen shares his amazing story by locating his personal experience in the midst of a network of relationships that sustain and define his life. He spins a web of love that shows an ability to connect with others that makes it abundantly clear how he was able to muster the strength to make it through his ordeal. He also spins a web in time that moves effortlessly back and forth across the full spectrum of his life experience in a circular rhythm that never makes you feel like you're lost. Instead, you feel like you're being taken for a spin by a great friend across the Southern California landscape he narrates so deftly. The title seems to call our attention to the remarkable contrast between the failure of the physical heart Allen was born with and the success of the spiritual heart that comes through on every page here. Thank you Allen!”John Davis, recording artist (Shrimper Records, Folk Implosion, johnhdavis.com)

“An inherent and consistently engaging read from beginning to end, Heart Like A Starfish is highly recommended for community library American Biography collections.”Midwest Book Review, November 2016


Allen Callaci is the lead singer for the band Refrigerator, an adjunct professor, and a librarian who is a contributor to BK Nation and whose work has appeared in MungBeing, the Poly Post, The Huffingtom Post, BK Nation, Cinefantastique, Crump Comics and various 'zines in the 90s. He lives in Southern California and is the proud co-founder of the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library's Star Wars Day.