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"Grandma would be standing in front of the stove, turning cloves of fresh garlic in a pool of sizzling oil, and forever stirring her big pot of gravy"

Preparing Sunday Dinner

The days of the old tradition of everyone in the extended family coming the grandparents’ home for Sunday dinner, every Sunday, might be gone, but...

Beyond the Basement: Cultures Survive through Stories

When Niccolo Machiavelli penned his masterpiece, The Prince, Italy was a land divided and besieged by many foreign forces. In his last chapter, “An...

The Italian American Intellectual

Why is it that Italian America is better known for its wise-guys then for its wise men and women? In 1927, after the United States had severely...

The Italian-American Writers Experience

Whatever I have learned about Italian American literature was on my own; no teacher suggested I read what I have read, and what I have learned has...

Tradition and the Individual Italian American:The Importance of Italian American Writing

As a community, Italian Americans are just beginning to understand the value of the written word. For years publishers have been saying that the...