It’s #RIAuthor Month – Meet Pat Mitchell

Thanks to Martha Reynolds once again for featuring me on her blog. A Girl from the Hill is one of the hundreds of books that will be available at the Association of Rhode Island Auhors (ARIA) annual expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet this coming Saturday, December 2nd, 10am to 5 pm. Come visit- books make great gifts!

Martha Reynolds Writes

Pat Mitchell photoThe Girl, with her fiance, in 1946

A Girl from the Hill is a tribute to my mother, who grew up on Federal Hill during the Great Depression. The collection of essays depicts her life of as one of laughter and love, as well as its share of suffering and sorrow.

Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood was, and still is, Rhode Island’s “Little Italy.” Thousands of Italian immigrants, including my grandparents, came to Rhode Island at the turn of the 20th century to begin new, better lives. They struggled to assimilate into American culture, and my mother’s parents, Giovanni and Maria, tried their best to become John and Mary. My mom, their youngest of eight children, was full of joy, and enjoyed much of her childhood despite her mother’s struggle with diabetes.

I began the book merely as a simple exercise, to see if I could actually write a book…

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The Resident Reviews A Girl from the Hill- A Parent’s Hardship and Recovery

The Resident, is a local Mystic, CT paper, and the first publication that reached out to me for an interview once A Girl From the Hill became available. What follows is the interview, which is not electronically available yet.  You can check out there site, http://www.theresident.com/ as I'm hoping it will be out there soon. The gentleman who interviewed m, …

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Were These Reviews Helpful? Heck Yeah!

Two dear people wrote two awesome customer reviews for A Girl from You Know Where on Amazon.com these past few days.  I am so grateful for their thoughtfulness and consideration.  You can check them out directly on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Hill-Mothers-Journey-American/dp/1452569444/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371084659&sr=1-1&keywords=a+girl+from+the+hill or just take a read below - I do feel lucky.  Thanks kevinsmom and jovina!  Much love …

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West Virginia’s Little Italy Communities Courtesy of Jovina!

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 …

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

Happy 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, …

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