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The Garlic in the Melting Pot by Lewis M. EliaElia’s story is not just a biography but an examination of how his Italian American heritage helped mold him into the person he grew to be. As part of his family’s culture, Lewis was raised with a strong work ethic and solid family values. The author was born and raised locally in Saratoga Springs.
Call Number: S 92 ELIA *in the Saratoga Room (non-circulating)*
Publication Date: 2002-06-01
Only in America by Paul OrefficePaul’s story begins with his family’s escape from fascist Italy just before the start of WWII. Upon arrival in America, Paul could speak only minimal English. Despite that, he attended an American university and served in the U.S. military. Oreffice continued on to achieve a much-desired “American dream” type of success.
Call Number: 973.0492 Ore
Publication Date: 2006-06-01
My Two Italies by Joseph LuzziA…personal history that blends the anecdotal, historical, and downright unusual. [As] the child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature…Luzzi straddles these two perspectives to link his family's dramatic story to Italy's north-south divide…and its passion for art, food, and family.
Call Number: B Luzzi
Publication Date: 2014-07-15
Why Sinatra Matters by Pete HamillHamill writes Sinatra’s story as someone who knew the famous Italian American singer personally. He includes the component of Sinatra’s immigrant experience among other historical influences such as Prohibition and WWII. Sinatra’s music touched the lives of millions both in America and internationally.
The Italians by C. J. Shane (Ed.)This volume begins with historical information on the immigrant experience from reasons for emigration to Italians’ reception in the U.S. and stereotypes they had to overcome. It also includes profiles of select well-known Italian Americans and a chronology of important strides made by Italians in America.
Call Number: 973.045 Ita
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
The Italian Americans: A History by Maria LaurinoLaurino presents a thorough history of Italians in America from the mid-1800s to now, paired with striking historical photographs. She writes of the range of persecution experienced by this group over time, from lynchings to simple prejudice, as well as various cultural experiences.
Italian-American Folklore by Frances M. Malpezzi & William M. ClementsThis text describes a huge range of Italian American customs. The authors include superstitions, recreational pastimes, music, food, and more. An integral part of the immigrant experience is bringing over such customs from one’s home country to carry on these day-to-day traditions.
Call Number: 398 M
Publication Date: 1992-10-01
Amore: The Story of the Italian American Song by Mark RotellaRotella writes of popular music in the U.S. just after WWII, a time when Italian American singers thrived. From Frank Sinatra to Perry Como and others, it was a time of Italian American acceptance in the musical arena — though they still struggled through stereotypes in other areas.