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"One of the best books yet published in its field--a book in which you will learn more about the making of an American than in the most solemn or fictional volumes that purport to tell you all about the subject."--San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Series: New York Classics
  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press; 1st Syracuse University Press ed edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815604297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815604297
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Henry Cataldo on February 27, 1999
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Jerre Mangione's writing is so vivid that reading it brought back my childhood years in the 20's and 30's. His Mt Allegro (NY) was my Silver Lake (NJ). His parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors were mine with similar names. His family gatherings were mine, too. In this land of immigrants, each era has its own stories of growing up in America. Mangione tells his with the greatest affection, bitter-sweet nostalgia, and tender humor. Recently,I gave a copy of Mt Allegro to my Aunt Angie for her 87th birthday. She plans to pass it along to her older sisters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle A. Sullivan on August 8, 2009
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I had to review it for a seminar in grad school. It reminded me of stories I have heard from my Italian grandmother.

A wonderful read for anyone with Italian roots!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Borello on July 4, 2009
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This is by far the most entertaining book I've read on Italian-American culture so far. The author has a unique way of speaking about the good, the bad and the ugly part of the Sicilian culture and experience, but he does it without offending anyone. I can't count how many times I burst out laughing at the behavior of some of his many colorful characters. I am not Italian but I am married to a Calabrese and I felt like I was reading about many of my in-laws. Now that I am done reading it, I am passing it on to my husband. I told him it was a must read for him and everybody in his family. He would relate to it more than me, but even if you are not Italian or Sicilian or even married to one, this is definitely a book to read just for entertainment purposes. Though many of the stories are hysterical they are very well written. I don't think the author was trying to be funny, he was just writing from the heart and his experiences growing up stuck between two cultures and that's about as funny as it gets.
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By Barb in NY on January 16, 2011
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I loved this book so much that I bought one for each of my four adult children, and one for my cousins, for Christmas. Although it gets just a tad bogged down in the middle, it is overall a wonderfully entertaining book with valuable information for my kids to know (like - "Hey! I'm not crazy! I'm Sicilian! :)" What I mean is, sometimes we do things and we really have no idea why. It's what we learned. This book helps us to diagnose which parts of our culture we want to keep, and which things are flexible. I especially love that he shows and appreciates all the positive attributes of Italian culture: the warm generosity, caring, family oriented virtues, which make people feel instantly welcome. It's a talent I have that I now realize not every culture passes on to their young. I also loved that the book is SICILIAN and ROCHESTER. He describes in detail people I remember (like the street vendors).
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By joyce lindley on April 7, 2013
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A lovely, moving account of an Italian neighborhood in Rochester, NY in the early 20th century. Lest we forget, Italians were discriminated against almost as much as blacks and the Irish were. Rochester's major industry then, Eastman Kodak, did not hire Italians in the beginning . We've come a long way in multi cultural relations, thankfully.
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