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on November 6, 2015
I can relate to backgrounds and the lives of those Italians and Italian Americans who have contributed so much to the American Dream -- BUT NOT WITHOUT STRUGGLE and heartfelt angst. But, what immigrants haven't faced hurdles and misconception?

Then there are the good times and successes that make these stories and poems worth digesting.

Ciao and Chow.
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on August 27, 2006
If you enjoy stories about Italian American's you won't be able to put down Gina Barreca's anthology. A notably missing work is a recent book that probably would have been represented had it been around in 2002 - Amatore Mille's ELEVEN DAYS IN AUGUST - a heartwarming memoir about a Wall Street sales executive who "vacations" from his NY job each year to rejoin his Italian family in their Italian sausage sandwich business at the Wisconsin State Fair - a must-read for lover's of Barreca's book!
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on May 24, 2003
Once again Gina Barreca wows the reader with a wonderful book by a talented author who does beautiful anthologies as well. She finds the reality, the humor and the depth in any situation. Those who love her writing should check out "They Used to call me snow white, but I drifted" "The Penguin Book of Women's Humor" "Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful" and the Washington Post Magazine where once a month she and Gene Weingarten do a column together. They are publishing a book together in 2003 that will also be great.
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on March 18, 2003
Into a medium sized book add: a little under one hundred Italian American writers spanning an almost equal number of years, a liberal amount of humor and irony, chopped up tragedy, mixed with redemption, olive oil (of course!), and finally one terrific editor (Gina Barreca). One need not stir liberally as the contents tend to mix and mingle well on their own. What do you get?
The most complex and multifaceted Italian American anthology that anybody has ever cooked up. Bravo!
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on June 25, 2016
The book is actually made up of several first person pieces (partial, from longer works) by several Italian-American authors.
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on November 17, 2013
One, of the best books I have read so far this year, wish I could read more books like this one!
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