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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100 DAYS OF HAPPINESS
By Fausto Brizzi
After becoming a bestseller in Italy and being sold in more than twenty countries, Italian Film Director Fausto Brizzi’s first novel has finally arrived in the United States. Set in Rome, the story features a flawed but likable narrator named Lucio Battastini, who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and has 100 days left to live. The reader listens as Lucio narrates his way through 100 days, reconciling his fate, trying to gain forgiveness from his very lovable wife (to whom he was unfaithful), spending meaningful moments with his two young children, and realizing the preciousness of life.
Through this story, a narrative packed with humorous commentary, you will experience the range of emotions that life itself encompasses. Laughter. Anger. Nostalgia. And for its final act, the story will bring you to tears, your fingers closing the book with a heavy heart that is grateful for the life it still has to live.
THE GRUNT PADRE
By Father Daniel L. More
In this account of Father Vincent Capodanno’s life, Author Father Daniel L. More illuminates the indescribable. Sure, there are the facts. Capodanno was born on Staten Island, New York in 1929. He was the youngest of nine children in an Italian-American family that came from Gaeta, Italy. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest at age 29.
But what sits behind these facts is an unparalleled perspective, an ability to view life with the utmost compassion and self-sacrifice. An ability to be Christ-like. Capodanno was the first chaplain in Vietnam to walk the front lines alongside the troops. He went not to fight, but to empathize with them, to be there for their day-to-day problems … and their final moments.
It was this courage that led him to the ultimate sacrifice. Brought to life in the book’s seventh chapter—aptly titled “Semper Fidelis” (always faithful)—the moments of Capodanno’s death are a gripping experience where you will come to understand why one Marine said, “Of all the deaths I saw … the greatest was his.” On January 7, 1969, Capodanno became one of just three chaplains from the Vietnam War who were awarded the Medal of Honor.
Reviewed by Miles Ryan Fisher