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On the Web: Articles

If I Was Six Feet Tall I Would Have Been Italian: Spike Lee's Guineas. John Verdicchio, Differentia 6/7 (1995).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

European Research Center on Migration & Ethnic Relations.

Italian American Press. Promotes writings of Italian American, Italian Canadian & Italian Australian authors, including self-published works.

Italian Historical Society of America.

National Italian American Foundation.

In the Library: Articles

Baily, Samuel L. "The Italians & organized labor in the US & Argentina," International Migration Review 1,3 (1967):56-67.

De Stefano, George. "Ungood fellas," Nation (2/7/00):31-. Mafioso stereotypes in US media.

Fante, John. "The odyssey of a wop," American Mercury 30 (1932).

Gabacia, Donna R. "Worker internationalism & Italian labor migration, 1870-1914," International Labor & Working-Class History 45 (spr 94):63-79.

Marino, Jim. "I wanted to be a good American: the Godfather paradox," Via: Voices in Italian Americana 9,1 (spr 98):17-28.

Parenti, Michael. "The media are the mafia: Italian-American images & the ethnic struggle," Monthly Review 31,10 (3/79):20-26.

Ramella, Franco. "Italian migrants to North & South American urban areas (1880-1914): notes on geographical mobility, social mobility & social networks," in Reinhard & Waldmann (eds.) Nord und Süd in Amerika (Freiburg, 1992), pp. 319-26.

Sautman, Francesca Canade. "Women of the shadows: Italian American women, ethnicity & racism in American cinema," Differentia: Review of Italian Thought 6-7 (spr-fall 94):219-46.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Bacarella, Michael. Lincoln's Foreign Legion:The 39th New York Infantry, the Garibaldi Guard (Shippensburg PA: White Mane, 1996).

__________. Italactors: 101 Years of Italians in US Entertainment (?:?, n.d.)

Baily, Samuel L. Immigrants in the Lands of Promise: Italians in Buenos Aires & New York City, 1870-1914 (Ithaca NY: Cornell, 1998).

Barolini, Helen. Chiaroscuro: Essays of Identity (West Lafayette IN: Bordighera, 1997).

Barreca, Regina (ed.) A Sitdown with the Sopranos: Watching Italian American Culture on TV's Most Talked-About Series (NY: Palgrave, 2002).

Boelhower, William & Rocco Pallone (eds.) Adjusting Sites: New Essays in Italian American Studies (Stony Brook NY: Forum Italicum, 1999).

Bona, Mary Jo. Claiming a Tradition: Italian American Women Writers (Carbondale: Southern Illinois U, 1999).

Cannistraro, Philip V. (ed.) The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle & Achievement (NY: NY Historical Society, 1999).

__________. Blackshirts in Little Italy: Italian Americans & Fascism, 1921-1929 (West Lafayette IN: Bordighera, 1999).

__________ & Gerald Meyer (eds.) The Lost World of Italian-American Radicalism: Politics, Labor & Culture (Westport CT: Praeger, 2003).

Capozzoli, Mary Jane. Three Generations of Italian American Women in Nassau Caunty, 1925-1981 (NY: Garland, 1990).

Ciongoli, A. Kenneth & Jay Parini (eds.) Beyond the Godfather: Italian American Writers on the Real Italian American Experience (Hanover NH: U. Press of New England, 1997).

Ewen, Elizabeth. Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars: Life & Culture on the Lower East Side, 1880-1925 (NY: Monthly Review, 1985).

Fante, John. Selected Letters, 1932-1981 (ed. Seamus Cooney; Santa Rosa CA: Black Sparrow, 1991).

Giordano, Paolo A. & Anthony Julian Tamburri (eds.) Beyond the Margin: Readings in Italian Americana (Madison NJ: Farleigh Dickinson U, 1998).

Holli, Melvin g. & Peter d'A. Jones (eds.) The Ethnic Frontier: Group Survival in Chicago & the Midwest (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977).

Juliani, Richard N. Building Little Italy: Philadelphia's Italians Before Mass Migration (University Park: Pennsylvania State U., 2003).

LaGumina, Salvatore John. Vito Marcantonio, the People's Politician (Dubuque IA:Kendall/Hunt, 1969).

Mangione, Jerre. Mount Allegro: A Memoir of Italian American Life [1952] (Syracuse: Syracuse U., 1998). Growing up in Rochester, NY.

__________. America is Also Italian (NY: Putnam, 1969).

__________. An Ethnic at Large: A Memoir of America in the Thirties & Forties (Syracuse: Syracuse U, 1978).

__________ & Ben Morreale. La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian-American Experience (NY: HarperCollins, 1992).

Meyer, Gerald. Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, 1902-1954 (Albany: SUNY, 1989).

Parenti, Michael John. Ethnic & Political Attitudes: A Depth Study of Italian Americans (NY: Arno, 1975).

Puleo, Stephen. Dark Tide (Boston: Beacon, 2003). In January, 1919, tank filled with molasses exploded, leading authorities to suspect Italian anarchists.

Pucci, Idanna. The Trials of Maria Barbella: The True Story of a 19th-c. Crime of Passion (NY: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1996).

Puzo, Mario. The Godfather Papers & Other Confessions (NY: Putnam, 1972).

Salvatore, Nick. Seventy Years of Life & Labor: An Autobiography (ed. Nick Salvatore; Ithaca: Cornell, 1984).

Salvemini, Gaetano. Italian Fascist Activities in the US (NY: Center for Migration Studies, 1977).

Torgovnick, Marianna. Crossing Ocean Parkway: Readings by an Italian American Daughter (Chicago: U. Chicago, 1994).

Trigiani, Adriana; Mary Trigiani, Lucia Anna Trigiana, Antonia Trigiani & Francesca Trigiani. Cooking with My Sisters (NY: Random House, 2004).

Weisz, Howard Ralph. Irish-American & Italian-American Educational Views & Activities, 1870-1900: A Comparison (NY: Arno, 1976).

In the Library: Fiction

Bathanti, Joseph. East Liberty (Simpsonville SC: Banks Channel, 2001).

Bona, Mary Jo (ed.) The Voices We Carry: Recent Italian American Women's Fiction (Buffalo: Guernica, 1994).

Breslin, Jimmy. I Don't Want to Go to Jail: A Good Novel (Boston: Little, Brown, 2001).

Ciresi, Rita. Sometimes I Dream in Italian (NY: Delacorte, 2000).

Cooper, Stephen (ed.) The John Fante Reader (NY: W. Morrow, 2002).

Del Vecchio, John M. Darkness Falls: An American Story (NY: St. Martin's, 1998).

De Rosa, Tina. Paper Fish (NY: Feminist, 1996).

Ermelino, Louisa. The Black Madonna (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2001).

__________. The Sisters Mallone: Una storia di famiglia (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2002).

Fante, John. Wait Until Spring, Bandini: A Novel [1938] (Santa Rosa CA: Black Sparrow, 1983).

__________. Ask the Dust: A Novel [1939] (Santa Rosa CA: Black Sparrow, 1980).

__________. Dago Red (NY: Viking, 1940).

__________. Dreams from Bunker Hill (Santa Rosa CA: Black Sparrow, 1982).

__________. 1933 Was a Bad Year (Santa Rosa CA: Black Sparrow, 1985).

__________. West of Rome: Two Novellas (Santa Rosa CA: Black Sparrow, 1986).

__________. Full of Life [1952] (Santa Rosa CA: Black Sparrow, 1996).

__________. The Big Hunger: Stories, 1932-1959 (ed. Stephen Cooper; Santa Rosa CA: Black Sparrow, 2000).

__________. The Road to Los Angeles [1985] (NY: Ecco, 2002).

__________. The Brotherhood of the Grape (NY: Ecco, 2002).

__________. The Wine of Youth: Selected Stories (NY: Ecco, 2002).

Giardina, Anthony. Recent History: A Novel (NY: Random House, 2001).

Giardina, Denise. Storming Heaven: A Novel (NY: Norton, 1987).

__________. The Unquiet Earth: A Novel (NY: Norton, 1992).

Giordano, Marie. I Love You Like a Tomato (NY: Forge, 2003).

Hegi, Ursula. Sacred Time (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2003).

Labozzetta, Marisa. Stay With Me, Lella (Buffalo NY: Gernica, 1999).

Lancelotta, Victoria. Far: A Novel (NY: Counterpoint, 2003).

Manfredi, Renée. Where Love Leaves Us (Iowa City: U. of Iowa, 1994).

Mangione, Jerre. Night Search (NY: Crown, 1966).

Merullo, Rolando. Revere Beach Boulevard (NY: Henry Holt, 1998).

__________. In Revere, In Those Days: A Novel (NY: Shaye Airheart, 2002).

Monardo, Anna. The Courtyard of Dreams (NY: Doubleday, 1993).

Montemarano, Nicholas. A Fine Place: A Novel (Berkeley CA: Context, 2002).

Passanante, Joy. My Mother's Lovers (Reno: U. of Nevada, 2002).

Prose, Francine. Household Saints: A Novel (NY: Perennial, 2003).

Puzo, Mario. The Godfather (London: Heinemann, 1969).

__________. The Dark Arena (London: Heinemann, 1971)/

__________. Fools Die (NY: Putnam, 1978).

__________. The Sicilian: A Novel (NY: Linden/Simon & Schuster, 1984).

__________. The Fourth K (NY: Random House, 1991).

__________. The Last Don (NY: Random House, 1996).

__________. The Fortunate Pilgrim (NY: Ballantine, 1998).

__________. Omerta (NY: Random House, 2000).

__________. The Family: A Novel (completed by Carol Gino; NY: Regan, 2001).

Ruiz, Ronald L. Giuseppe Rocco (Houston TX: Arte Público, 1998).

Shepherd, Jim. Kiss of the Wolf (NY: Harcourt & Brace, 1994).

Trigiani, Adriana. Big Stone Gap: A Novel NY: Random House, 2000).

__________. Big Cherry Holler: A Big Stone Gap Novel (NY: Random House, 2001).

__________. Milk Glass Moon: A Big Stone Gap Novel (NY: Random House, 2002).

__________. Lucia, Lucia (NY: Random House, 2003).

__________. The Queen of the Big Time: A Novel (NY: Random House, 2004).

In the Library: For Young Readers

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In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Big Night" [1996], dir. Campbell Scott & Stanley Tucci, 107m. In video stores.

"A Bronx Tale' [1993], dir. Robert De Niro, 121m. In video stores.

"Crossroads: Boyle Heights" [2002], by John Esaki, 28m. From Japanese American National Museum.

"Do the Right Thing" [1989], dir. Spike Lee, 120m. Inter-ethnic relations in New York.

"Fatso" [1980], dir. Anne Bancroft, 93m. In video stores.

"The Funeral" [1996], dir. Abel Ferrara, 99m. Intelligent Mafia film with politics, set in 1930s.

"The Godfather" [1972], dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 175m. In video stores.

"The Godfather, Part II" [1974], dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 200m. In video stores.

"The Godfather, Part III" [1990], dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 162m. In video stores.

"Goodfellas" [1990], dir. Martin Scorsese, 145m. In video stores.

"Household Saints" [1993], dir. Nancy Savoca, 124m. In video stores.

"Italianamerican" [1974], dir. Martin Scorsese, 45m.

"Un Italiano in America (An Italian in America)" [1967], dir. Alberto Sordi, ?m.

"Italians in America" [1998], by History Channel, 48m.

"Jungle Fever" [1991], dir. Spike Lee, 132m. In video stores.

"Kiss Me Guido" [1997], dir. Tony Vitale, 86m. In video stores.

"Mac" [1993], dir. John Turturro, 118m. In video stores. Masonry, carpentry, & decline of old-world work ethic as men of an Italian immigrant family adjust to American business environment.

"Matewan" [1987], dir. John Sales, 132m. In video stores. Italian immigrant coalminers & West Virginia labor struggles of 1920s.

"Mean Streets" [1973], dir. Martin Scorsese, 110m. In video stores.

"Moonstruck" [1987], dir. Norman Jewison, 102m. In video stores.

"Mother-Tongue: Italian-American Sons & Mothers" [1999], dir. Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno, ?m.

"My Cousin Vinny" [1992], dir. Jonathan Lynn, 120m. In video stores.

"Oriundi" [2001], dir. Ricardo Bravo, 97m.

"Raging Bull" [1980], dir. Martin Scorsese, 129m. In video stores. Life of fighter Jake La Motta.

"Rocky" [1976], dir. John G. Avildsenk, 119m. In video stores.

"Sacco & Vanzetti" [1971], dir. Giuliano Montaldo, 120m.

"Sacco & Vanzetti" [2005], dir. Fabrizio Costa, 87m.

"Sacco & Vanzetti" [2006], dir. Peter Miller, 80m. From First Run Features.

"Tarantella" [199?], dir. Helen De Michiel, ?m. In video stores.

"True Love" [1989], dir. Nancy Savoca, 104m.

"Wiseguys & Beyond: Italian Americans & the Movies" [2005], dir. Steven Fischler, ?m.

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