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Sons of Italy® Releases Summer 2003 Book Club Selections

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900

NEWS-For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2003 The hardships and triumphs of Sicilian immigrants in Louisiana, the life of a complex baseball legend and memories of growing up Italian American in the 1940s are the subjects of the Sons of Italy® Book Club selections for summer 2003.


The Sons of Italy® National Book Club is dedicated to the works of Italian American writers who focus on Italian American issues, themes and experiences. OSIA chooses three to four fiction and non-fiction books each quarter for a total of 12 to 16 titles a year.

The three book club selections can be bought on the OSIA Web site (click here) or in bookstores nationwide. OSIA encourages its 700+ lodges as well as other Italian American organizations, clubs and individuals to choose one or more of the books each quarter to read and discuss.

OSIA is the largest and longest established national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States. It has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.