Thoughtful, poignant, and hilarious personal essays collected by the editors of Creative Nonfiction explore the meanings of Italian-American identity. In the twenty-one nonfiction narratives collected in Our Roots Are Deep with Passion, established and emerging writers with family ties to Italy reflect on the ways that their lives have been accented with uniquely Italian-American flavors. Several of the essays breathe new life into the time-honored theme of familyaLouise DeSalvo honors her grandfather, nick-named athe drunka because he spent his life of hard work drinking wine instead of water, and James Vescovi portrays the close of the stormy relationship between his father and grandmother. Other stories tackle the mystical side of Italian-American life, like Laura Valerias account of a summer vacation sAcance in Sardinia that goes eerily awry. And elsewhere, Stephanie Susnjara charts the history of garlic in society and her kitchen, and Gina Barreca offers an unabashed confession of congenital jealousy. Lee Gutkind, founding editor of Creative Nonfiction, the nationas premier nonfiction prose literary journal, and Joanna Clapps Herman have brought together artful essays by novelists, scholars, critics, and memoirists from across the country. The pieces are as varied as their authors, but all explore the unique intersections of language, tradition, cuisine, and culture that characterize the diverse experience of Americans of Italian heritage.Creative Nonfiction Collects New Essays by Italian American Writers Lee Gutkind , Joanna Clapps Herman ... All his life, my fathera#39;s repertoire rarely changed, its core a group of songs hea#39;d mastered in his teens or twenties, though in 1970, he added two new songs to ... Crucial to this rise in status had been Carminea#39;s contrary nature, which bridled at honoring the superstar so many others said was best.
|Title||:||Our Roots are Deep with Passion|
|Author||:||Lee Gutkind, Joanna Clapps Herman|
|Publisher||:||Other PressLlc - 2006-01|