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!

Book Review X-it by Jane George

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I came of age in the 80’s. Jane George’s X-it, while a far cry from my little life, jolted me back to my adolescence and grabbed hold of my gut. Even if you’re just a fan of the 80’s, you’ll enjoy the references to music, fashion and, if you’re really sophisticated, the New York night life.

Beyond the 80’s though, is a beautiful, touching story of coming of age, falling in love with the wrong person, and recovering. The characters are real, even though they wear the stereotype punk gear and attitude.

When I started reading this book I was more interested in the era than the story. But it grabbed me. Jane George knows how to tell a story and make you think at the same time. I got hooked, to the point that I could not stop thinking about those characters, the flighty but beautiful X-it, and J.J., the girl who falls into an obsessive love with him and learns a lesson about growing up and letting go.

The descriptions are spot on, and beautifully detailed. X-it makes you want more and delivers.

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