MY TWO ITALIES published!

Today is publication day for My Two Italies – thanks to all of you who have shown such kind interest, here’s a few words about the book…

2 thoughts on “MY TWO ITALIES published!

  1. Dr. Luzzi,

    This evening, I read your essay in the June 29, 2014 edition of the New York Times, which led me to your webpage. I wanted to let you know how much your essay, and now the video interview on this page, touched me and brought forth clarity on thoughts and feelings I have carried with me for quite a long time. I was born in 1961 to a 1st generation Italian-American. My parents, though not born in Sicily, were born and raised in Ybor City (Tampa). My grandparents worked in Ybor’s cigar factories. My father passed away in 1990 (at 59 years old), when I was 28. The end of your essay … “a person I know too briefly” nearly took my breath away. It perfectly describes how I feel about my father’s passing, even 25 years later. He too had a number of sayings, phrases, and often while cursing that was in a “Tampa-Sicilain” dialect he learned from his parents, sprinkled with the Spanish he learned growing up in the streets of Ybor City and the English he learned at school. Unfortunately, I and most of my generation have lost the language, but I still can hear my father saying a few choice phrases – that don’t translate very clearly to English – but I know exactly what they mean. Thanks for bringing back those memories of my Dad. I look forward to reading your book.

    Best regards,
    Mark T. Cacciatore
    Perrysburg, OH

  2. Mr. Luzzi,
    I listened to you speak tonight at Politics and Prose; I was so impressed that I came home and did some research on you. As an English teacher, I have learned that you can’t separate an author’s life from his or her work. I just want to say how sorry I am for the loss you have endured. After listening to you speak, my daughter said, “He seems so nice, not at all pretentious.” I would agree. We related to so much of what you said. I went to school with a boy named Joe Luzzi, so that is what first caught my eye on the Politics and Prose web site. Because I am currently reading a book on the Italian language, I thought your book talk would be an interesting one to attend. I also wanted to show my daughter how cool Politics and Prose is. I had no idea you were from Rhode Island, but I attended college in Rhode Island, and my grandparents sound a lot like your parents, so I was even more interested in all that you had to say. As a woman of Italian descent, it is all about the connection you have with people who grew up in similar circumstances! I am looking forward to reading your book. I wish you all the best!

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