Italian women share stories of strength in new book

Jun 11, 2015 634

by Lisa Backus

Author Anthony Riccio spoke of his grandmother as a woman who was "4-foot-11" with "eyes as black a coal" when she gave her grandson the "you're in trouble look." "Those of us who had Italian grandmothers are blessed," he told a small crowd Saturday morning at the New Britain Public Library.

His book, "Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut" is a compilation of the oral histories told to him by women across the state who each spoke about the meaning of courage, strength and love, much as his grandmother personified.

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