West Virginia’s Little Italy Communities Courtesy of Jovina!

English: Festival Seal.

English: Festival Seal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

West Virginia’s Little Italy Communities.

It’s been a while since I reposted anything from Jovina, mainly because I am a little behind in my reading and blogging these days.  I keep commenting to her about compiling all of her Little Italy material together into a book–she does such a magnificent job of describing the history, the culture and the food in these spots all across the USA.  I have never been disappointed, and you can just read the care and focus that go into each post.

If you’re like me, you have a hard time picturing Italian Americans South of New York and Philly.  I never knew the important role that Italian Americans played and continue to play in places like West Virginia.  So cool is all I can say.

Great job again Jovina! Hope everyone enjoys this post.  And follow her if you aren’t already!

Taking Pre-Orders for A Girl From the Hill, Starting … NOW!

cheezyHappy Monday! And felice lunedi for all of my Italian and Italian American friends –

I am pleased and just a little bit proud to say that A Girl From the Hill is ready for Pre-Order!!

Yes I know I sound like a cheesy ad for laundry detergent.  But the writing/self publishing process has left me with little pride, not to mention a bill or two to pay .

The book will be out in a few weeks, but I would like to run a little promotion so that you can buy one of the first 100 signed copies, and save some postage to boot, compared to ordering online.  Paperback sells for $11.99.  Hardcover is also available for $28.99.

A Girl From the Hill also makes a great gift- even if it’s a few days after Mothers’ Day.   So if you please help me spread the word and buy 5 copies, you can get the fifth one FREE.  Yes I’m shameless.

Contact me at pattymitch66@gmail.com if you’re interested in pre-ordering.  Love to you all, and Mille Grazie (a thousand thanks)

Intolerance Towards Italian Americans- the Life Lessons of Us vs. Them

Editorial cartoon in "The Mascot" ne...

Editorial cartoon in “The Mascot” newspaper, New Orleans, 1888, harshly anti-Italian immigrant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An amazing story of how intolerance ingrained within our nation’s roots – even for Italian Americans.  I never knew about the New Orleans mass lynching of Italian Americans in 1851.  I don’t want to spread negativity but it’s important to understand these actions and beliefs from the past to help us frame the present and make a better future.http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/10/opinion/falco-italian-immigrants/index.html