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Farms, Factories, and Families, Italian American Women, Connecticut, Anthony V. Riccio, Italian Culture

Farms, Factories, and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut by Anthony V. Riccio.

The role that immigrant and first generation Italian women played in the workforce before 1960 is not well-documented. Aside from such dramatic and...
The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets by Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

After eighteen books of poems, two national book awards, and an outstanding Community Service in Literature award, Maria Gillan has reinvented...
Carving a Niche for Himself, Luigi del Bianco, Mount Rushmore, Douglas J. Gladstone, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore by Douglas J. Gladstone

Monuments are problematic, especially official state or national monuments. They dictate to the viewer what to think. How do we commemorate without...
Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Poetry of Nino De Vita: A Bilingual Anthology by Nino De Vita.

Nino De Vita was born in 1950 on the western side of Sicily near the town of Marsala. Among his many books of poetry, he has published three children...
Pompeii Awakened, Story of Rediscovery, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Pompeii Awakened: A Story of Rediscovery by Judith Harris. London: I.B. Tauris, 2014

Pompeii Awakened is, indeed, an awakening for the reader and traveler. Judith Harris begins her study by describing first century Roman life in...
Sicily, A Literary guide for Travellers, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Sicily: A Literary guide for Travellers, by Andrew and Suzanne Edwards. New York: I.B. Tauris, 2014.

You’ve heard about those books that people call page turners or books that readers hoped would never end. This is one of those that you want to put...
Trinàcria, Tale of Bourbon, Italy, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily by Anthony Di Renzo (Toronto: Guernica, 2013)

This is a novel that is laced with the bitterness and sweetness that characterizes Sicilian history. It’s an historical novel that finds a place...
Of Jewish Race, Vagabond Voices, Renzo Modiano, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Of Jewish Race (Vagabond Voices, 2013) by Renzo Modiano

In his self-effacing Forward to Of Jewish Race, Renzo Modiano asks why anyone would be interested in yet another book about the Holocaust in the...
Maria Mazziotti Gillan, recent books, Ancestor’s Song, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s two most recent books: Silence in an Empty House and Ancestors’ Song

The word that comes to mind when reading Gillan’s two most recent books of poems is prolific. After nineteen books, including the two under review...
Soft Soil, Black Grapes:

Book Review: "Soft Soil, Black Grapes: The Birth of Italian Winemaking in California", by Simone Cinotto

Simone Cinotto has a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Genoa. He teaches U.S. and Italian history, as well as food history, at the...