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…
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!
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)
Pizzelle in a loose stack. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I spent Saturday afternoon with my mother making pizzelle. I have always been fascinated with the pizzelle iron as a child. My mother got her iron forty three years ago on her 25th wedding anniversary as a gift from her mother-in-law, my Grandma Jennie. I told my mother that when she croaks I get the iron. I talk in this ‘tough egg’ manner when I don’t want to confront the thought of ever losing her. It beats the alternative of feeling weepy at the thought of my mother not being there when I call her, of no one to tell me when I’m acting ridiculous, or hugging me gently on the way out the door and calling me a scallywag, whatever that is. Continue reading →