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Growing Up Italian in Chicago

Newman, Lea Bertani Vozar

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ISBN 10: 0974638900 / ISBN 13: 9780974638904
Published by Bertani Books, 2003
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Growing Up Italian in Chicago

Publisher: Bertani Books

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: None

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A memoir of the first eighteen years in the life of a daughter of Italian immigrants growing up in a nurturing household in the Italian neighborhood on the near north side of Chicago through the depression years of the 1930s and into the 1940s.

How the values and traditions of her family both enriched and collided with her American environment is the focus of the story. The details of her childhood include wine-making in the cellar, picnics in the cemetery, and birthdays on the tilt-a-whirl. She tells of starting kindergarten without knowing a word of English, of learning to roller-skate in the kitchen, and of discovering as a freshman in college that the community she loved was considered a slum.

In the telling, her family comes to life -- her beloved Nonna Vera, who credited her with giving her a reason for living; her big and gentle father, who loved good food as much as he loved telling a good story; and her mother, who set the moral standards for the extended family, and especially for her only child. Double cousins, an American boyfriend, a troubled aunt, and a tyrant uncle round out the cast of this personal story that captures the humor and the frustrations familiar to the children of immigrants from all over the world who came to American in search of a better life.

About the Author:

Lea Bertani Vozar Newman is a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. She is a teacher, a scholar, and a writer, a career that began after she was the mother of five when she went back to school to earn a masters degree and then, after the death of her first husband, a doctorate.

She is the author of three other books, one on Hawthorne, another on Melville, and most recently a guide to the poetry of Robert Frost. Her Italian background has been instrumental in the critical essays she has published establishing the influence of Dante on both Hawthorne and Melville, as well as in having been awarded a Fulbright teaching fellowship at the University of Bologna.

She is past-president of both the Hawthorne Society and the Melville Society, and is currently Professor Emerita of American literature at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

As much as she has enjoyed her scholarly work and her teaching, this memoir of her Italian childhood in Chicago has been the most satisfying writing of her lifetime, an opportunity to share with others a place and time long gone that should not be forgotten.

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