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National Heritage Month
October is Italian American Heritage Month!
Check out these titles in celebration or stop by the Reference Desk for additional resources.
The Garlic in the Melting Pot
by Elia’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’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 A…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 Hamill 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.
Call Number: B Sinatra
Publication Date: 2015-10-20
Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers
by The beloved New York Times bestselling author shares a treasure trove of insight and guidance from her two [strong Italian American] grandmothers — time-tested common sense advice on the most important aspects of a woman's life, from childhood to old age.
Call Number: B Trigiani
Publication Date: 2010-11-09
Uncivil Liberties: Italian Americans Under Siege During World War II
by Includes information from interviews, news articles, and official documents about the treatment of Italian Americans during WWII. In ways similar to the Japanese, Italian citizens and aliens alike were cast under suspicion and treated as such.
Call Number: 940.53 Fox
Publication Date: 2000-02-01
by 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 Laurino 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.
Call Number: 973.0451 Lau
Publication Date: 2014-12-01
by This 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 Rotella 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.
Call Number: 782.42 Rot
Publication Date: 2010-09-14