The Sons of Italy® Book Club is dedicated to the fiction and non-fiction works of Italian American writers who focus on Italian American issues, themes and history.
Preference is given to books published by the major publishing houses (Random House, HarperCollins, Penguin Books, etc.) because such titles are widely available through bookstores nationally and on amazon.com.
Three to four titles are chose each quarter for a total of 12 to 16 titles a year. The selections are posted here and published in Italian America magazine.
We encourage all our chapters around the country to choose one or more of the books each quarter and devote part of their monthly meeting time to discuss it.
Book Club selections are available through local bookstores nationwide.
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VENICE: A New History
By Thomas F. Madden
The rise and fall of Venice, its contributions, and remarkable people, who include Marco Polo and Casanova, is vividly told in this new history that covers the city’s 2,000 years of history and achievements. It was a republic for more than 1,000 years, from the late 7th century A.D. until 1797, when Napoleon captured the city and gave it to Austria as part of a peace pact. But La Serenissima, as Italians call Venice, remains one of the wonders of the world. [$35.00; hardcover; 446 pages; Viking Press]
Italians in West Virginia
By Victor Basile & Judy Prozzillo Byers
Between 1910 and 1920, about 15,000 Italians immigrated to West Virginia to work as farmers, lumberjacks, miners and railroad builders. Most were from southern Italy, recruited by the state to develop its resources. Their history is revealed in this book through stories and more than 200 photographs from state archives and private families. Today, more than 70,000 descendents of these early immigrants still contribute to the state, including former governor and now U.S. senator Joe Mancin. [$21.99; paperback; 128 pages; Arcadia Press]
The Dance of the Seagull
By Andrea Camilleri [Translated by Stephen Santarelli]
Since 1994, Camilleri has written 14 novels about Salvo Montalbano, a quirky Sicilian police detective, who loves food and hates crime. As this his latest novel begins, Montalbano witnesses a seagull suddenly fall from the skies and die. Soon after, he learns his right hand man, Fazio is missing. Are the two mysterious events connected? The novels have been adapted as a TV series that Americans can see (with subtitles) on MHz. But read the book first! [$15.00; paperback; 277 pages; Penguin Books]
The Girl Who Did Not Like Her Name
By Chloe Jon Paul
Alessandra Petrucci thought her name was “too different” until she learns why she was given it. In this book for children age 10 and up, author Jon Paul describes the lives of the early Italian immigrants in clear and vivid language. Richly illustrated by Danuta Zamojska Hutchins. [$12.70; paperback; 41 pages; Culanco Publications]
An Alien Place
By Carol Van Valkenburg
Shortly before the U.S. entered WW II, the government collected about 1,200 Italian merchant seamen and cruise ship workers and shipped them off to Montana to Ft. Missoula, an unused military base where they were imprisoned until 1943. Historian Van Valkenburg tells their story through text and photographs. [$14.95; paperback; 130 pages; Pictorial Histories Publishing Co.]