In the twenty-one nonfiction narratives collected in Our Roots Are Deep with Passionestablished and emerging itlian with family ties to Italy reflect on the ways that their lives have been accented with uniquely Italian-American flavors. And elsewhere, Stephanie Susnjara charts the history of garlic in society and her kitchen, and Gina Barreca offers an unabashed confession of congenital jealousy.
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.
This collection of essays on being Italian-American or in some cases, an Italian in America or an American in Italy essay by italian american writer about kitchen filled with imagery and topics of not only food and wine but Catholicism, immigration and linguistics.
The stories are inspiring, but they also give the collection a bittersweet flavor.
In the end, this welcome collection challenges preconceived notions about Italian-Americans. All rights reserved. The stories of Italian-Americans in smokey social halls, braiding hard boiled eggs into dough, hands deep in the fecund earth of the garden and always, it seemed, always in the kitchen are stories that are singular and communal, like Italian-Americans ameriican.
This thoroughly enjoyable and instructive essay collection also serves as Volume 30 of the literary journal Creative Nonfiction. Essential…engaging…and highly recommended.
With nary a stereotype in sight, but with plenty of commentary about living hyphenated in America, 21 writers tell their stories about amdrican life based on language, connections, similarities and differences. Some stories are sweet, some are cruel, but all are Italian-American, with the attendant overtones of living large just slightly apart from the mainstream….
These compelling stories shift as much in theme as in voice and style. The collection does not expose a defined cultural experience, but rather a world culture that is merging and moving. The essays are an intersection of old and new, of Italkan and American.]