Interested in reading a good book by some Italian and Italian-American authors? Or by authors telling about an Italian or Italian-American experience? Here's the place to look for a book that may intrigue you. Also includes documentary DVDs.
With Malice Aforethought: The Execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo VanzettiWith Malice Aforethought: The Execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, by Theodore W. Grippo, chronicles a tragic tale of intolerance and injustice during early 20th Century America.
On April 15, 1920, five bandits robbed and killed a paymaster and his guard in a Boston suburb. The police charged Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti with the crime. They were local immigrant workers associated with a detested anarchist group. A year later, a jury convicted Sacco and Vanzetti of murder during a period of anti-communist hysteria in America. They were executed after six years of failed appeals, despite proven misconduct by prosecutors and the judge and a confessed participant in the crime who swore that the two Italians were not involved. Worldwide protests erupted. Millions claimed the two were framed and executed for their political beliefs.
The story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti has been told many times, but never before has such a keen eye been turned on the legal proceedings. Through meticulous research, the author has uncovered startling new evidence of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct leading to the state-sanctioned execution of two immigrant workers who espoused unpopular political beliefs.
With Malice Aforethought includes thought-provoking historical insights, gripping accounts from inside the courtroom, heartrending letters from Sacco to his young children and important photographs from a shameful time of ethnic prejudice and political greed and arrogance.
Whether you're a fellow attorney, a history buff, a civil rights advocate or an interested reader, you'll be just as astonished by the author's revelations as you will be moved by the tragedy of Sacco and Vanzetti. Read the two-page review (pdf) of the book.
This book can be purchased at amazon.com (exit WisItalia), Barnes & Noble (exit WisItalia), iUniverse (exit WisItalia), as well as other booksellers.
101 Sicilian Recipes101 Sicilian Recipes, by Sebastiano Accaputo. Recipes from Sicily are actually some of the world's most singled out cuisines and this comes with a perfectly good reason. Due to the cultural heritage that is a mixture of several cultures, Sicilian cookery is something that has been formed from a lot of sources, offering an assortment of recipes. Sebastiano Accaputo was born in a small town close to Siracusa, Sicily, where the hundred-year-old Sicilian traditions are still kept alive. He spent his childhood in the typical Sicilian country, well-known for its lush vegetation, where he developed his love for cooking traditions. He likes to experiment with different types of ingredients and try several methods of getting the best possible results from them. In his words, "I have kept it simple, just like I like people to explain anything to me. I hope that people that aren't into cooking will be inspired to try it when they see that this can be done without requiring a lot of time or effort."
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Purchase a pdf digital version for $14.97. For every digital eCookbook sold using this special link, 59% of the sales will go to WisItalia to support the Italian language programs in Wisconsin!
Once you select the link, scroll down and look for a yellow "Buy Now" button. Click on it and it will take you to a PayPal page. If you have a PayPal account, enter your info in it. If you don't have a PayPal account, click on the link that says, "Don't have a PayPal Account? Pay with you debit or credit card as a PayPal guest."
After you pay, 59% of the sale of each eCookbook will be transferred to the WisItalia online account.
Greenbush Neighborhood StoriesCatherine Murray wrote another book, Spaghetti Corners and all that…Sauce! to help preserve many memories. Spaghetti Corners and all that...Sauce! is her fourth and final book featuring the Italians and Sicilians who once lived in the old Greenbush neighborhood in Madison, Wisconsin. This time the Italian and Sicilian great-grandfathers, grandfathers, fathers and sons span 1900-1960. Research and interviews etc. began in January 2009, for what she expected to be a 175-page book, but ended up with 466 pages, including a chapter featuring 180 men. Included are memories, family vital statistics, favorite family recipes and many sauces never before shared and other chapters of great interest. The page layout is similar to the Grandmothers of Greenbush book. Read the article from the Wisconsn State Journal by Doug Moe (exit WisItalia).
The book can be purchased directly from the author, and sells for $28.00, plus $1.59 Wisconsin sales tax for state residents. Shipping is $5.00. If more than one book is shipped to the same address, an additional shipping cost is $2.50 per book.
For more information, contact Catherine Tripalin Murray, 1421 Wyldewoood Drive, Madison, WI 53704, 608 244-3359, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. View more of her cookbooks about the Greenbush neighborhood.
Mangia Tiella!Mangia Tiella!, by Nicola Tarallo reveals the secrets of making fabulous Tiella every time! La Tiella can be found in every bakery, pizzeria and grill in Gaeta, Italy, a quaint beach town perfectly located between Naples and Rome. It is even available in bars and grocery stores. It is tastiest when baked the traditional way in a wood-fired oven, but it is delicious served hot or cold and is always eaten with one's hands. La Tiella is the most famous and distinctive dish in the city of Gaeta. It consists of two thin layers of dough crimped around the edges to enclose a filling of seafood or vegetables. Its name comes from the pan in which it is baked. In Gaeta, the local dialect uses the word 'tiella' to refer to a pan with low sides which flare out. Therefore, the dish created in this pan is also called tiella.
Find out more about the book on the author's website nicolatarallo.com (exit WisItalia) and his Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Mangia-Tiella/177319552321915 (exit WisItalia).
This book can be purchased at amazon.com (exit WisItalia), Barnes & Noble (exit WisItalia), eBookIt (exit WisItalia).
The Spaghetti SetThe Spaghetti Set, by Rose Marie (Maisto) Boyd. This book is a light-hearted fiction about two Italian-American families. The Italian-Americans embroiled in this realistic comedy of errors affirm the old adage, "Family is family, like it or not!" A brother and sister depart war-torn Italy in 1947 and cross the Atlantic to reunite with their father in Benton, New Jersey. As the seasick brunette dreams of eligible Americani, the young fellow dreads the prospect of dealing with his cantankerous Papà. Meanwhile, in Benton, another Italian-American family bickers over mundane issues with burlesque animation. Partnerships test the patience of the brothers and domesticity puts the women at odds.
These economically disparate clans, the Camaras and the Matteos, cross paths after Teresa Camara literally bumps into love-starved Mack Matteo. Instead of letting their mutual attraction evolve slowly into something more, her scheming father takes matters into his own hands, placing their relationship on course for possible disaster.
Preview Chapters 1 and 2 at thespaghettiset.blogspot.com (exit WisItalia).
This book is available for sale at authorhouse.com (exit WisItalia), amazon.com (exit WisItalia) and barnesandnoble.com (exit WisItalia).
Italian-American Fusion: Italy's Influence on the Evolution of AmericaItalian-American Fusion: Italy's Influence on the Evolution of America, by Colonel J. C. Liburdi. This book is all about Italy's positive influence on America; that is, Italian involvement in the building of this nation, sustaining the well-being of its people, and enhancing the character of America. Italian-American readers will quickly come to realize why they're held in such high esteem by their fellow citizens. They'll also understand why it's perfectly sensible to be a patriotic American and to simultaneously be proud of their Italian heritage. For readers who aren't of Italian decent, this book will help them develop an appreciation of the wide range of contributions that Italians and Italian-Americans have made to this great nation. This book addresses many facets of Italian-Americanism, offers an important message, and it's great fun to read!
The book is available from Lulu.com (exit WisItalia) and it's also on the Kindle Reader: amazon.com (exit WisItalia). Liburdi also wrote Flying Start, a mentoring book for newly commissioned military officers. Colonel Liburdi is a retired Air Force officer, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in BaseballBeyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball, by Lawrence A Baldassaro. Berra, Rizzuto, Lasorda, Torre, Conigliaro, Santo, Piazza. Casual baseball fans—in fact, even many nonfans—know these names, not as Italian Americans, but as some of the most colorful figures in Major League Baseball. Ever since future Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri became a key part of the Yankees' Murderers' Row lineup of 1926, Italian Americans have been among the most prominent and intriguing players in the game. The first comprehensive study of the topic, Beyond DiMaggio is also a social history of baseball, tracing the evolution of American perceptions toward those of Italian descent as it chronicles the baseball exploits that influenced those perceptions.
Lawrence Baldassaro tells the stories of Italian Americans' contributions to the game, from Joe DiMaggio, who transcended his ethnic identity to become an American icon, to A. Bartlett Giamatti, who served as commissioner of baseball, to Mike Piazza, considered the greatest hitting catcher ever. Baldassaro conducted more than fifty interviews with players, coaches, managers, and executives—some with careers dating back to the thirties—in order to put all these figures and their stories into the historical context of baseball, Italian Americans, and, finally, the culture of American sports.
For more information about the author and the book, view the author's website www.beyonddimaggio.com (exit WisItalia) or the publisher's website www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Beyond-DiMaggio,674696.aspx (exit WisItalia). NOTE: Larry was one of the original members of WisItalia.
La Bella LinguaLa Bella Lingua, by Dianne Hale. A celebration of the language and culture of Italy, La Bella Lingua is the story of how a language shaped a nation, told against the backdrop of one woman's personal quest to speak fluent Italian.
For anyone who has been to Italy, the fantasy of living the Italian life is powerfully seductive. But to truly become Italian, one must learn the language. This is how Dianne Hales began her journey. In La Bella Lingua, she brings the story of her decades-long experience with the "the world's most loved and lovable language" together with explorations of Italy's history, literature, art, music, movies, lifestyle, and food in a true opera amorosa—a labor of her love of Italy.
Throughout her first excursion in Italy—with "non parlo Italiano" as her only Italian phrase—Dianne delighted in the beauty of what she saw but craved comprehension of what she heard. And so she chose to inhabit the language. Over more than twenty-five years she has studied Italian in every way possible: through Berlitz, books, CDs, podcasts, private tutorials and conversation groups, and, most importantly, large blocks of time in Italy. In the process she found that Italian became not just a passion and a pleasure, but a passport into Italy's storia and its very soul.
For more information about the author and the book, view the author's website and blog "Becoming Italian Word by Word" (exit WisItalia). You may email Dianne at email@example.com.
View Dianne Hales' introduction to her book (exit WisItalia to YouTube).
Dino's Story: A Novel of 1960s TuscanyDino's Story: A Novel of 1960s Tuscany, by Paul Salsini. From a tiny isolated village to the high art of Florence, Dino’s Story: A Novel of 1960s Tuscany completes the sweeping narrative of “A Tuscan Trilogy.” A boy just born in the first novel of the trilogy comes to Florence to study art, and, in this tumultuous decade of change, he is himself transformed as a devastating flood ruins not only works of art but also the lives of the poor and helpless. In the first of the trilogy, The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany, terrified villagers confront seemingly insurmountable dangers while trapped in a farmhouse during the German occupation of 1944. In the second, Sparrow’s Revenge: A Novel of Postwar Tuscany, set in 1955, a guilt-ridden partisan relentlessly pursues the collaborator of one of the worst massacres in Italy during World War II.
Martha Bergland, author of A Farm Under a Lake, calls Dino’s Story a “fascinating inside look at Florence through the eyes of Paul Salsini’s warm and complex characters. I couldn't put it down.” Lawrence Baldassaro, Professor Emeritus of Italian and Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, found it “an intriguing coming-of-age tale. Dino's Story is a seamless and conclusive sequel to the first two volumes of Paul Salsini's Tuscan trilogy. Once again, Salsini combines meticulous research, a keen eye for detail, and narrative dexterity.”
For more information about the author and all three books, The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany, Sparrow’s Revenge: A Novel of Postwar Tuscany, Dino’s Story: A Novel of 1960s Tuscany, view www.atuscantrilogy.com (exit WisItalia). To contact the author, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Paul Salsini is a veteran journalist who teaches writing courses at Marquette University. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Long Way Home: The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War by David Laskin. This book tells the story of the immigrant experience in the First World War. The book recounts the true stories of twelve young immigrants who served their adopted country in the trenches of France during World War I. Four of the men featured in the book were Italian-Americans, including Michael Valente, the only Italian-born American soldier to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War I. Born in the village of Sant’Apollinare near Monte Casino, Valente emigrated to the U.S. in 1914 and signed on with the New York National Guard two years later. He shipped out to France in the spring of 1918 with the 107th infantry, and won the Medal of Honor for extraordinary bravery during the epic battle to break the Hindenburg Line on September 29, 1918. Praised as “a compelling and well-written account of 12 men who became American the hard way,” The Long Way Home is a story of service and sacrifice on the part of hard-working immigrants.
An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War
For more information about the author and the book, view www.thelongwayhomebook.com (exit WisItalia). Visit the author's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=276137825004 (exit WisItalia).
If you would like to arrange a speaking engagement with the author, contact Jamie Brickhouse at email@example.com.
The book went on sale on March 16, 2010. View the author's website for where the book can be purchased at www.thelongwayhomebook.com/purchase/ (exit WisItalia).
SPECIAL NOTE: March 25, 2011, National Medal of Honor Day, a ceremony in Valente's home town will celebrate the renaming of a bridge in his honor. The christening of the Michael Valente Memorial Bridge will take place at the Long Beach (Long Island, New York) City Hall at 11 AM. This elegant span, formerly the Long Beach Bridge, connects Long Beach to the South Shore of Long Island. On hand for the event will be members of Congress and the New York State legislature, Long Beach city officials, representatives of Sons of Italy lodges, and author David Laskin, who wrote about Valente's acts of heroism in his highly acclaimed book The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War (Harper Perennial paperback, www.thelongwayhomebook.com) (exit WisItalia). See the press release for more information (pdf).
Milwaukee's Italian Heritage:Milwaukee's Italian Heritage: Mediterranean Roots in Midwestern Soil, by Anthony Zignego. The shores of Lake Michigan might seem a far cry from the coastline of the Mediterranean, even for a country famous for its opera singers. Nevertheless, enough Italians responded to the call—and returned home to repeat it confidently to brothers, brides and strangers—to create a thriving community in Milwaukee. Historians often emphasize Milwaukee's German heritage, content to relegate the story of Italian migration to New York or Chicago, but in Milwaukee's Italian Heritage: Mediterranean Roots in Midwestern Soil, Anthony Zignego passionately explores the ways in which Italians shaped the Brew City and were shaped by it in turn. From the Gardetto family to the enterprising women of the Third Ward to Festa Italiana, Zignego presents a portrait of the immigrant experience with personal stories of "ordinary" immigrants and Milwaukeeans, explaining the community's traditions and dispelling some of its myths. Milwaukee's Italian Heritage highlights the struggles and triumphs that have always made immigration an opening clause and concluding question in the American story.
Mediterranean Roots in Midwestern Soil
For more information about the author and the book, view Boswell Book Company website (exit WisItalia). If you would like to arrange a speaking engagement with the author, visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=257416213353 (exit WisItalia).
The book can be purchased online at Amazon.com (exit WisItalia).
It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the HolocaustIt Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust, by Elizabeth Bettina. One woman’s discovery—and the incredible, unexpected journey it takes her on—of how her grandparent’s small village of Campagna, Italy, helped save Jews during the Holocaust. Take a journey with Elizabeth Bettina as she discovers much to her surprise, that her grandparent’s small village, nestled in the heart of southern Italy, housed an internment camp for Jews during the Holocaust, and that it was far from the only one. Follow her discovery of survivors and their stories of gratitude to Italy and its people. Explore the little known details of how members of the Catholic church assisted and helped shelter Jews in Italy during World War II.
View a short video clip introduction to the book (exit WisItalia) of some of the survivors in Italy.
View the article from the Italian Times by Bob Ruggieri (exit WisItalia). Author Elizabeth Bettina and Holocaust survivor Ursula Korn-Selig gave a presentation to more than 150 people who gathered at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee, WI, on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, to hear author Elizabeth Bettina recount what she has learned about Italy’s humane treatment of Jews during World War II.
View the article from the Kenosha News by Terry Flores (exit WisItalia) and the Novità from WisItalia's Kenosha page. Author Elizabeth Bettina and Holocaust survivor Ursula Korn-Selig gave a presentation to student members of Bradford High School’s Italian Club on March 25, 2010, in Kenosha, WI.
For more information about the book or where to obtain copies, view the Google Search page (exit WisItalia).
Walking on Air in a Field of Greens: An Italian-American MemoirWalking on Air in a Field of Greens: An Italian-American Memoir, by Emilio DeGrazia. This book is a memoir and an examination of the author’s family and roots. It is a “collage” of pieces written over the span of thirty years, explores the meaning of family, immigration, and place through the stained glass windows of imagination and memory. DeGrazia’s memoir is rich in travelers’ tales, the earthly allure of home-baked bread, the good-humored intelligence of wine-warmed table-talk, the romance of discovery and the pathos of loss. Photos from family albums add atmosphere to the collage. “The pieces in this collection,” says DeGrazia, “are all ‘essays’—attempts to explore how I remember, feel, and live my life as transplant and hybrid in whom San Pietro—a village in the deep south of Italy, its people, and its very old fig tree—is still very much alive in me. These essays are also literary hybrids-the result not only of objective observation but of the mysterious way memory works on imagination.” DeGrazia lives in Winona, MN.
For more information about the book, or where to obtain copies, view www.nodinpress.com (exit WisItalia), www.amazon.com (exit WisItalia), or directly from the author at: Blue Leaf Books, 211 W. Wabasha Street, Winona, MN 55987.
Green, White, and Red: The Italian-American Success StoryGreen, White, and Red: The Italian-American Success Story, by Dominic Pulera. L'Italo-Americano: 1st edition 2009. Price $29.95. In his book, Dominic Pulera looks at how Italian immigrants overcame poverty and discrimination to achieve success over the last one hundred years. Pulera credits Italian Americans for embracing their country and working very hard to make it in America—and celebrating the United States for giving them the opportunities to do so. Pulera interviewed hundreds of people around the globe to learn about their perspectives on Italian-American culture. He went to every state to research this book. The book includes references to Italians in Kenosha and Racine, including interviews with Roma Lodge members.
For more information about the author and the book, or where to obtain copies, view dominicpulera.com/green-white-red.html (exit WisItalia).
Keeping House: A Novel in RecipesKeeping House: A Novel in Recipes, by Clara Sereni. Translation from Italian to English by Giovanna Miceli Jeffries and Susan Briziarelli. Introduction by Giovanna Miceli Jeffries. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005. This book, originally published in Italy in 1987 as Casalinghitudine (exit WisItalia), is a sort of autobiographical recipe guide. Chapter titles read like cookbook sections ("Appetizers," "Second Courses," "Eggs," "Vegetables" and "Sweets"), and contain a relevant recipe that evokes memories of events, either sweet or bitter, from the author’s life.
For more information about the book or where to obtain copies, view the Google Search page (exit WisItalia). Also, read the book review, "Food and Subjectivity in Clara Sereni's Casalinghitudine, on Italica 1994 (JStor).
Chianti Kitchen Cookbook (Unleashing the Afrodisiac Powers of Tuscan Cooking)Chianti Kitchen Cookbook (Unleashing the Afrodisiac Powers of Tuscan Cooking), by Seamus de Pentheny O'Kelly. A descendant of a noble Irish family, Seamus was born and raised in South Africa. In 1985, he moved to Italy and fell in love with Tuscany. He purchased and restored the Castello di Spaltenna in Gaiole. During this period, he became a Master Chef of the Discovery Channel. Having sold Spaltenna, his "Chianti" base became the Osteria del Castello at the famous Castello Brolio where he began teaching cooking lessons. In 2006-07, he turned his dream project into reality: a cooking school in Tuscany - Chianti Kitchen (exit WisItalia).
Terry and Debra Hart from Terenzio Tours (exit WisItalia) did the excellent photography for this book.
There are two sizes of the book - the large format (11 x 13) comes in hard cover only, and the smaller size (8 x 10) comes in both hard and soft cover. You can order a copy directly from the Booksmart Publisher's web site at www.blurb.com/user/chiantichef (exit WisItalia).
You can also see a lower-resolution movie of the book on Terry and Debra Hart's web site (along with a 10-minute video of Chianti Kitchen) at web.mac.com/terencehart/Chianti/Movie.html (exit WisItalia).
El Marsam B & B, An Umbrian Farmhouse and Its KitchenEl Marsam B & B, An Umbrian Farmhouse and Its Kitchen, by Ginda and Mike Simpson, owners of El Marsam B & B (exit WisItalia), located in Umbertide, Italy in the Perugia region. El Marsam is a three-hour drive north from Rome or a two-hour drive south of Florence. After six years in the making, Ginda Simpson has completed and published her first collection of recipes and stories. Famed chefs, friends, neighbors, peasants and strangers have all taught us something worth bringing to our table. Their lessons, garnered from their kitchens and from their lives, are shared in stories, recipes and sketches. This spiral-bound, soft cover book is 120 pages and contains 14 stories and 70 recipes.
View the flyer (pdf) for more information about ordering the book. View part of a story, "A Birthday Celebration" (pdf). View the recipe, Cappuccino Mousse, and the Recipe Table of Contents (pdf).
Too Much Tuscan WineToo Much Tuscan Wine, by Dario Castagno, a New York Times Best selling author. The book recounts the history and character of Chianti—the famous wine region at Tuscany's geographic and cultural heart. Castagno shares his most unforgettable experiences working as a Chianti tour guide for more than 12 years. Dario Castagno lives in the Chianti hill town of Vagliagli. Though purely "Chiantigiano," he was born in London to Italian parents who were exporting fine Italian wines and spirits to England. Castagno returned to Tuscany at age nine, and embarked on an exploration of the region that forms the heart of his writing.
For more information about the author, visit his website www.DarioCastagno.com (exit WisItalia). Information about purchasing the book is available on Amazon.com (exit WisItalia).
Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary CapitalNever Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital, by Eric Dregni. From the press release, "I simply want to live in the place with the best food in the world. This dream led Eric Dregni to Italy, first to Milan and eventually to a small, fog-covered town to the north: Modena, the birthplace of balsamic vinegar, Ferrari, and Luciano Pavarotti. Never Trust a Thin Cook is a classic American abroad tale, brimming with adventures both expected and unexpected, awkward social moments, and most important, very good food."
For more information, visit the University of Minnesota Press website www.upress.umn.edu/Books/D/dregni_never.html (exit WisItalia). This website includes events, press releases and short clips (exit WisItalia) of Eric Dregni reading from a few sections of his book.
“Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread): The Italian American Journey from Despised Immigrants to Honored Citizens”“Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread): The Italian American Journey from Despised Immigrants to Honored Citizens,” a 2009 feature-length documentary (DVD), has been called the first comprehensive depiction on film of the Italian American experience. It tracks the social, economic and political transformation of Italians from immigrant victims of violence and prejudice to prominent members of American society. This story is told by weaving together accounts from members of the community, comments by noted scholars and a treasure trove of historical footage and photographs. Major funding for “Pane Amaro” was provided by NIAF and the Foreign Ministry of Italy. “Pane Amaro” is available for sale on amazon.com (exit WisItalia).
Eat Smart in SicilyEat Smart in Sicily, by Joan Peterson and Marcella Croce, and illustrated by Susan Chwae. Rich with seafood, citrus, olives, and almond sweets, the cuisine of the sun-drenched island of Sicily reflects the influence of Greeks, Norman French, Tunisians, and Italians, among others. Unlike guidebooks that sweep Sicily into an overview of Italy, this latest addition to the award-winning EAT SMART series focuses solely on the cuisine of Sicily. Eat Smart in Sicily provides an historical overview of the peoples who have lived there and their contributions to Sicilian cuisine, with attention given to the fare distinct to the villages and urban centers of Sicily’s four regions. A helpful guide to Sicilian menus, with English translations of Italian (or Sicilian) words, makes ordering food in Sicily an easy and immediately rewarding experience. Highlighting regional recipe mainstays, Joan Peterson and Marcella Croce provide tips to shopping for traditional ingredients in Sicily and at home. The book also includes a comprehensive glossary of foods, kitchen utensils, and cooking methods to prepare authentic Sicilian specialties at home or abroad. View the exercpt of the press release (pdf) by the publisher, Wisconsin Press.
To obtain a copy, go to Wisconsin Press (exit WisItalia), or check with your online or local bookstore.
Il terremoto e il maremoto del 28 dicembre 1908Il terremoto e il maremoto del 28 dicembre 1908, by Guido Bertolaso, Enzo Boschi, Emanuela Guidoboni and Gianluca Valensise, tells of the 1908 seismic disaster in Italy, commissioned by the Italian Civil Protection and the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. The volume, as can be seen in the attachment, rounds up the historical and seismological research into the 1908 earthquake. Several newspapers and television broadcasts have been devoted to this volume, presenting it as a crucial point for the development of current seismological and historical knowledge. A DVD-rom comes with the volume, containing original documentation and two historical films on the effects of the earthquake. (Book and DVD are in Italian.)
This book, which costs 97.00 Euros, and other publications can be ordered at www.sga-storiageo.it (exit WisItalia). For more than ten orders, there is a 20% discount. For this discount and any other information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very ValentineVery Valentine, by Adriana Trigiani, a first-in-a-trilogy, is a frilly valentine to Manhattan's picturesque West Village, starring a boisterous and charmingly contentious Italian-American family. Valentine Roncalli, adrift after a failed relationship and an aborted teaching career, becomes an apprentice to her 80-year-old grandmother, Teodora Angelini, at the tiny family shoe business.
View the author's website (exit WisItalia) for more details, including where to purchase copies of the book.
The Journey of the Italians in AmericaThe Journey of the Italians in America, by Vincenza Scarpaci, Ph.D., uses 500 photos to illustrate the story of the immigrants and their descendents. Each caption provides detailed accounts of individual and family histories and shows how personal experience fits into the larger scheme of Italian American life. The reader will see familiar scenes and also discover new information about the impact of the immigrants across North America. Topics, such as Italians in agriculture, interaction with other ethnic groups, striving for social justice and a look at current issues that engage Italian America, go beyond the typical nostalgic views featured in pictorial histories. Stories from the Greenbush Neighborhood in Madison, WI are included in this edition of the book.
To obtain a copy, ask your local bookstore, or order your book from Pelican Publishing Company (exit WisItalia) or 800 843-1724, or from Amazon.com (exit WisItalia). They are also available at Schwartz Bookshops (exit WisItalia) in Milwaukee, WI.
A Journey into Michelangelo’s RomeAn artist who’s been dead for 450 years seems an unlikely candidate to join a revolution in book promotion, but the man who painted the Sistine Chapel has lately been making a splash on a virtual book tour. Angela K. Nickerson, author of the beautiful and eye-opening book A Journey into Michelangelo’s Rome, is embarking on the second installment of a virtual book tour that keeps being extended due to popular demand.
A Journey into Michelangelo’s Rome (exit WisItalia), published by Roaring Forties Press, follows Michelangelo from his arrival in Rome in 1496 to his death there almost seventy years later. It tells the story of the artist’s meteoric rise and artistic breakthroughs, of his tempestuous relations with powerful patrons, and of his austere but passionate private life. Each chapter focuses on a particular work that stunned his contemporaries and continues to impress today’s visitors.
Contact Deirdre Greene at email@example.com or 510 527-5461 to set up an interview with Angela or to purchase copies of the book, which are also available at bookstores nationwide.
Forgotten Ellis IslandThe final chapter in the Ellis Island story has at last been told. Lorie Conway's film and companion book, Forgotten Ellis Island, are the first to examine the extraordinary immigrant hospital on Ellis Island. Although it was the world's premier infectious disease hospital, and a place where the diagnosis of mental health was pioneered, it was closed abruptly 30 years after opening due to anti-immigrant legislation. It was then abandoned, left to decay from neglect and the salty air of New York's harbor. Only in the past few years have efforts begun to restore the historical site. Once the restoration is complete, the complex will include an immigration institute and public health museum. The film is narrated by Eliot Gould and premiered at Ellis Island. For more information, view the book summary and visit www.forgottenellisisland.com (exit WisItalia).
Italian Cookbooks by Catherine Tripalin MurrayOf interest to you may be some books self-published by Catherine Tripalin Murray. People have often compared them with life in their own Italian neighborhoods throughout the United States. Her stories are a collection of recipes, memories and photographs of the old Greenbush neighborhood, in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as the old Westside neighborhood in Kenosha, Wisconsin. These collections date back to the early to mid-1900s. Sold in the United States, these books have even been found in a library in Sicily.
To obtain these books, they are still available through Catherine Tripalin Murray, or by checking your local bookstore. For more details visit, www.greenbushcookbooks.com/ (exit WisItalia). To order a book, visit Greenbush...remembered Order Form (exit WisItalia).
|Volume I, a taste of memories from the old "Bush": recipes, memories and photographs of the old Greenbush neighborhood, (Madison, Wisconsin) 1900-1960||Catherine Tripalin Murray||Greenbush...remembered,
|Volume II, a taste of memories from the old "Bush": recipes, memories and photographs of the old Greenbush neighborhood, (Madison, Wisconsin) 1900-1960||Catherine Tripalin Murray||Greenbush...remembered,
|Volume III, a taste of memories from Columbus Park: recipes, memories and photographs of the old Westside neighborhood, Kenosha, Wisconsin||Catherine Tripalin Murray||Old Neighborhoods...remembered
with Kenosha In Neighborhood,
|Grandmothers of Greenbush: Recipes and Memories of the Old Greenbush Neighborhood 1900-1925||Catherine Tripalin Murray||Greenbush...remembered,
Italian American PressThe Italian American Press promotes self-published Italian American Books. Ralph Ferraro, Director of The Italian American Press, has put together a list of fascinating books written by Italian-Americans on a variety of interesting topics. Viewers to the Italian American Press website (exit WisItalia) will find that they have created categories for an extensive selection of their Italian-American books.
New Book Announcement: Olivia and the Little Way (pdf) written by Nancy Carabio Belanger and illustrated by Sandra Casali LewAllen.
You may also be interested in reading some Free E-Books (exit WisItalia) by Italian-American authors.
To learn more about the Italian American Press, view their website at www.italianamericanpress.com (exit WisItalia).
Ultimate Travel LibraryNational Geographic Travelor lists books on their Ultimate Travel Library—Western Europe & the Mediterranean website (exit WisItalia). These books are not guide books, but are novels and narrative nonfiction, as well as classic photography books. Check out the books on Italy (exit WisItalia).
The Literary Show"The Literary Show" by Andrea Marrone provides weekly literary reviews of books published recently in Italy with particular attention to emerging Italian authors and minor publishers. The reviews (in Italian) are independent and made without any commercial interest or business. The website lists current Italian narratives, essays, guides, books for children/teenagers, poetry, reviews, and links to other book websites. The site also has a forum where users can, after registration, exchange ideas, comment on the reviews, or start discussions. Website is in Italian.
Check out all the books and reviews on www.andreamarrone.com (exit WisItalia).
Link to the achives of the Books for Children/Teenagers (exit WisItalia).
More Recommended BooksGiovanna Miceli Jeffries, member of WisItalia, the Italian-American Women's Club and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recommends the following books by Italian-American writers on Italian-American life and identity. Some of the authors include Flavia Alaya, Helen Barolini, Regina Barreca, Marion Benasutti, Mary Jo Bona, Dorothy Briant, Rita Ciresi, Camille Cusumano, and Tina De Rosa to name a few.
|Under the Rose (novel)||Flavia Alaya||Feminist Press, 1999|
|Taking it Home: Stories from the Neighborhood||Toni Ardizzone||University of Illinois Press, 1996|
|Umbertina (novel)||Helen Barolini||Feminist Press, 1999|
|The Dream Book: anthology of Writings by Italian American Women||Helen Barolini||Syracuse University Press, 2000|
|Festa: Recipes and Recollections of Italian Holidays||Helen Barolini||University of Wisconsin Press, 1988|
|Don’t Tell Mama (collection)||Regina Barreca||Penquin Books, 2002|
|No Steady Job for Papa (memoir)||Marion Benasutti||Vanguard, 1966|
|The Long Italian Goodbye||Robert Benedetti||Kindle Edition (hardcover, Durban House Publishing Co., 2005)|
|The Voices We Carry (collection)||Mary Jo Bona||Guernica, 1994|
|Claiming a Tradition (essays)||Mary Jo Bona||Southern Illinois U.Press, 1999|
|Miss Giardino (novel)||Dorothy Briant||Feminist Press, 1997|
|Blue Italian (novel)||Rita Ciresi||Hopewell, 1996|
|Mother Rocket (novel)||Rita Ciresi||University of Georgia Press, 1993|
|Sometimes I dream in Italian (novel)||Rita Ciresi||Delacorte, 2000|
|The Last Cannoli: a Sicilian-American Family||Camille Cusumano||Legas, 2000|
|Paper Fish (memoir)||Tina De Rosa||Feminist Press, 1996|
|Vertigo (memoir)||Louise de Salvo||Dutton, 1997|
|The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture||L. de Salvo & E. Giunta||Feminist Press, 2002|
|Christ in Concrete||Pietro di Donato||Penguin, 1993|
|Writing with an Accent: Italian American Women’s Authors (essays)||Edvige Giunta||Palgrave, 2002|
|Italian Signs, American Streets (essays)||Fred Guardaphé||Duke Univ. Press, 1996|
|At the Copa||Marisa Labozzetta||Guernica Editions, 2006|
|Things my Mother Told Me (poems)||Maria Mazziotti Gillan||Guernica, 1999|
|Mattanza:Love and Death in the Sea of Sicily||Theresa Maggio||Perseus, 2000|
|Mount Allegro: a Memoir of Italian American Life||Jerre Mangione||Harper & Row, 1989|
|Italian Women and Other Tragedies (poems)||Gianna Patriarca||Guernica, 1994|
|The Oldest Map with the Name America (poems)||Lucia Petrillo||Random House, 1999|
|The Houseguest (novel)||Agnes Rossi||Dutton, 2000|
|The Quick: a Novella & Stories||Agnes Rossi||WW Norton, 1992|
|Sometimes the Soul: Two Novellas of Sicily||Gioia Timpanelli||WW Norton, 1998|
|Crossing Ocean Parkway (memoir)||Marianna Torgovnick||University of Chicago Press, 1997|
|Astoria (memoir)||Robert Viscusi||Guernica, 1996|
|A Cup of the Sun||Octavia Capuzzi Waldo||Harcourt, 1961|