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!
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…
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, Roger Zotti, did send me a hardcopy in the mail, which I received yesterday. To say I was touched by his effort is an understatement.
A Parent’s Hardship and Recovery – by Roger Zotti
The best way to understand the power of Patricia L. Mitchell’s “A Girl from the Hill: My Mother’s Journey from Italian Girl to American Woman” (Balboa Press) is to give you a taste. Consider “The Old Crow,” perhaps the book’s most telling chapter, which is about the ‘very severe depression’ Patricia’s mother, Dahlia Lydia Fiore Testa, suffered. It’s about Dahlia’s numerous fears, especially “the fear of anyone seeing how frightened she was.”
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!
Well, I’m a little frustrated with my running , or non-running self today. But at least my Saturday was pretty cool, and filled with accomplishment.
My dear friend Kim accompanied me on my promo rounds, yesterday. Like two traveling salesmen ladies we made the rounds with our ice coffees in our cup holders and 70’s and 80’s music on the radio.
First stop, Davisville Free Library in North Kingstown, where I am scheduled to do my first ‘gig’ reading and signing books. I am both looking forward to this and dreading it at the same time. Looking forward because it’s what I’ve wanted to do almost my whole conscious life. Dreading for the same reason. It’s a lovely, bright little town library with pleasant supportive people, so if nothing else I’ll spend a June afternoon with some nice people.
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in pre-ordering. Love to you all, and Mille Grazie (a thousand thanks)