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Italian American Roots in Belleville and Nutley, NJ
Growing up on the border line of Belleville and Nutley, the children in my neighborhood along Meacham Street knew that when we grew old we would speak Italian. It was as obvious as all of those gray-haired relatives who came to call spoke the dialect.
Moving down Meacham hill to Gless Avenue
Grandma’s farm was just about the only house on the hill; their green farmland stretching as far as the eye could see in the township of Belleville, New Jersey. When my grandparents moved from Passaic Avenue half way down the hill to Gless Avenue, they literally moved the house down the hill.
Ordinary folks risked all saving strangers 'We did what we knew needed to be done' The true story of how nearly 40,000 Jews in Italy were saved from Nazi annihilation during World War II.
Harry was not yet four years old when his dad died in a coal mine cave-in in Wilkes Barre, Pa. Harry was the youngest of eight children, the oldest was barely a teenager. That was March 18, 1929.
When my grand-uncles died, back in the 1960s, wakes were two days and two nights before the burial. These days, people want to get on with life, such that it is. Shorter viewing relieves stress on the family, and cuts down expenses
My Uncle Frank was listed as Frank Pumking Cocozza, and on these same official papers, my great-grandfather was Frank Pumking Cocozza.
The four-room house was plenty, it had three bedrooms; one for four sons, one for three daughters, and one for the parents. It had no kitchen, but the Aliperto family never went hungry.
Anthony Buccino's collection Sometimes I Swear In Italian is about growing up Italian American in America.
Buccino’s verse captures the assimilation of an Italian American born and raised in New Jersey who becomes truly inspired by a trip to Italy. There he realizes how at home he feels so far away.
Read about the old neighborhood where the 'bianca lina' man sold bleach to make the white linens, the young boy growing up in the house his grandfather built, and living upstairs from his scary grandma who spoke no English. This American boy discovers the land his ancestors left to make a better life for him and his generation. Despite its title, Sometimes I Swear In Italian contains no profanity in any language.
Belleville, N. J.-native Anthony Buccino collected in this full-length book his most-requested writings about life and growing up in Belleville, New Jersey. More than forty essays and reflections on everything from his Italian-speaking grandmother who lived downstairs, junior high school bullies to selling pretzels for Ed Strat at Belleville High School football games at Municipal Stadium.
Buccino wins UNICO National award
Italian American Writers' Association
Italian American History and Culture
Italian American Writers On New Jersey
Italian Americans in World War II by Peter L. Belmonte
La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience by Jerre Mangione
Una Storia Segreta - Lawrence DiStasi
Newark's Little Italy: The Vanished First Ward – by Michael Immerso
Finding Italian Roots by John Philip Colletta
They Came In Ships by John P. Colletta
Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American
Some Kind of Wise Guy: Stories About Parents, Weddings, Modern Living, and Growing Up Italian by Bill Ervolino
A Family of Sicilians: Stories and Poems
What We Pass On: Collected Poems: 1980-2009
Italian Women In Black Dresses
Maria Mazziotti Gillan: Essays on Her Works
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Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies
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Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl's Spiritual Journey
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The Italian Americans: A History by Maria Laurino
Don't Tell Mama - Regina Barreca
Moustache Pete Is Dead! - Fred L.Gardaphe
Dances with Luigi - Paul Paolicelli
Beyond The Godfather - Italian American Writers on the Real Italian American Experience /Ciongoli/Parini
Memoirs of Lt. Camillo Viglino, Italian Air Force 1915-1916
Italian Americans in World War II - Peter L. Belmonte
The Humble and the Heroic Wartime Italian Americans by Salvatore LaGumina
Blood of My Blood - Richard Gambino
Mount Allegro - Jerry Mangione
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Remind Me Again Why I Married You - Rita Ciresi
Heritage Italian-American Style - Leon J. Radomile
The Garlic in the Melting Pot - Lewis M. Elia
ROSA The Life of an Italian Immigrant by Marie Hall Ets
Sometimes I Dream In Italian - Rita Ciresi
Ciao, America - Beppe Severgnini
Andiamo, Weasel! - Rose Marie Grant
Italian Stories - stories by Joseph Papaleo
The Last Cannoli - Camille Cusumano
Growing Up Italian by Linda Brandi Cateura
Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Newark's Little Italy - The Vanished First Ward - Michael Immerso
The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo
The Altar Boy Chronicles by Tony Pasquarello
In The Garden of Papa Santuzzu by Tony Ardizzone
Taking It Home - Stories from the Neighborhood by Tony Ardizzone
A Family of Sicilians - Stories & Poems by Salvatore Buttaci
Promising the Moon - poems by Salvatore Amico M. Buttaci
With Heart and Soul - Calgary's Italian Community by Antonella Fanella
Growing Up Italian In God's Country - Patricia Costa Viglucci
Recipes My Nonna Taught Me - by Francena
Say That To My Face - David Prete
The Joint Venture - Gilbert Visconti
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New Jersey author Anthony Buccino's stories of the 1960s, transit coverage and other writings earned four Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism awards.
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