My Two Italies: available for preorder

 
My memoir My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014) is now available!
You can PREORDER at AmazonBarnes and NobleFSG, and your local bookstore.
Watch a VIDEO interview on My Two Italies here:
Description of My Two Italies
 
The child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature, in My Two Italies Joseph Luzzi straddles these two perspectives to link his family’s dramatic story to Italy’s north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family.
From his Calabrian father’s time as a military internee in Nazi Germany-where he had a love affair with a local Bavarian woman-to his adventures amid the Renaissance splendor of Florence, Luzzi creates a deeply personal portrait of Italy that leaps past facile clichés about Mafia madness and Tuscan sun therapy.
With topics ranging from the pervasive force of Dante’s poetry to the meteoric rise of Silvio Berlusconi, Luzzi presents the Italians in all their glory and squalor, relating the problems that plague Italy today to the country’s ancient roots. He shares how his “two Italies”-the earthy southern Italian world of his immigrant childhood and the refined “northern” Italian realm of his professional life-join and clash in unexpected ways that continue to enchant the many millions who are either connected to Italy by ancestry or bound to it by love.
PRAISE FOR MY TWO ITALIES

My Two Italies deals with the enduring disconnect between the ideal Italy that is admired as a center of civilization, and the hardship and hardness of the emigrant experience. Both come vividly alive in Luzzi’s heartfelt and illuminating book.”
Gay Talese, author of Unto the Sons

“Joseph Luzzi has written a funny and often moving family history that opens onto wider vistas that he knows and loves equally well-the Italian cultural and political landscape from Dante to Silvio Berlusconi. Full of charm and insight, but admirably frank and unsentimental, My Two Italies should be required reading on all flights to Italy.”
Ross King, author of Leonardo and the Last Supper

About Joseph Luzzi

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Joseph Luzzi is a writer and professor of Italian at Bard College. The first child in his Calabrian family born in the U.S., he is the author of the forthcoming memoir, My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, July 2014), the dramatic story of his Italian family’s immigration and an insider’s look at the turbulence of life in Italy today, especially during the Berlusconi years.

He is a frequent contributor of essays and reviews to publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, the London Times Literary Supplement, and many others. His first book, Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy(Yale Univ. Press 2008), received the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association, and he is the author of A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2014). His work has been translated into Italian and Portuguese, and he has lectured throughout the world on art, film, literature, and Italian culture.

3 thoughts on “My Two Italies: available for preorder

  1. Love your book.
    Wondering where I can purchase 6 signed first editions?
    Gifts for special friends, including my brother-in-law from Calabria.
    Thanks,
    David Fox

  2. Was born in Naples, Italy as a Navy brat and lived in Sisly. Unfortunately we moved when I was just a year old so never was allowed to learn the language and culture that I wanted too. My bucket list includes going back and learning and enjoying it as an adult. My Dad said his favorite to visit was Florence. I’ve heard Tuscany is really nice as well. Just from reading the cliff notes of ur book I think I might get a taste of what I’m looking for. Does ur book come in a nook version,

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