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Dear Reader, I am thrilled to share that The Good Left Undone has been nominated for Book of the Month Club's 2022 Book of the Year! Thank you ALL for your support and love for this novel! It means the world to me to share it with you, and there’s more to come! If you are a Book of the Month Club member, you can vote here. The deadline is Wednesday...

From the family gatherings in the kitchen to the kooky nicknames and Drama Queen reactions to just about everything, "Moonstruck" hits the Italian-American personality out of the park. On the 30th anniversary of the film that brought Cher, Olympia Dukakis and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley Academy Awards and producer/director Norman Jewison nomi...

The people of Italy are called Italians. Japan is home to the Japanese. Australians come from Australia. So why do we use the term “Americans” instead of “United Statesians” to refer to those who live in the United States? Surely this is something out of the ordinary, isn’t it? The name America comes from the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Did...

The first season of HBO’s The White Lotus was so cool and neurotic that I was hoping for Season II. So was I ever surprised when I learned there would not only be a second season but that it would be set in Sicily! The exact filming location is in and around the San Domenico Palace, recently acquired and restored by the Four Seasons Group. The lege...

One of the presentations I give more often is “My Italian American life: the Importance of Writing a Memoir.” I treasure that type of presentation because I really do believe that people should leave behind some kind of written or recorded story of their life, or the life of other close family members, for their descendants—and sometimes the public...

For Giorgio Chiellini, all it took was one eye-opening moment for him to realize just how big soccer has gotten in the United States. Shortly after arriving at LAFC in June, following 17 trophy-filled years with Juventus, the legendary Italian defender noticed several people staring at him on the streets of Los Angeles. It was a far cry from his pr...

For many Italian Americans, the American Civil War, a seminal chapter in the history of the United States, can often feel like a chapter detached from their own American experience. Since the massive wave of Italian Immigration to the United States between 1870 and 1920, the brilliant thread of the Italian American experience has been indelibly wov...

Christopher Columbus is a hard guy to get to know. After all, he lived more than 500 years ago, and much of his story has been told by or through others. In the end, everything depends on who’s doing the telling, what they’ve decided to say or leave out, and why. Much of the debate nowadays is dominated by polar extremes, with vehement detractors e...

According to data compiled by HostMilano’s strategic marketing and taken from the Export Planning information system, in the three-year period 2022-2025, forecasts for the world coffee trade show an annual growth rate of +5.6 percent, close to 43 billion euros. The United States, with a 22.4 percent share, and Germany, with 14.2 percent, were the m...

Italian excellence and style were in the spotlight at the 74th edition of the Emmy® Awards. The Television Academy, organizer of the event which was held on the 12th of September in Los Angeles, chose Franciacorta as the Official Sparkling Wine of the event. Not everyone knows that Franciacorta has an ancient story that comes from a unique territor...

As our country spirals into more and more discord over who did what on Jan. 6, 2021, and whether women should have reproductive rights, it seems right and proper for a novel concerning World War II-era Italian fascism to highlight how easy it is for all of us to fall prey to false romantic narratives. All the better if the author is Anthony Marra,...

Some actors grow huffy when asked about a role from 20 years ago, but Michael Imperioli remains grateful about the chance to play Christopher Moltisanti. He happily reflects on “The Sopranos,” despite the many roles he’s since had including starring on “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” and “Detroit 1-8-7.” Imperioli, 56, began his career...