Una lettera ai miei figli: patrimonio di una famiglia Italo Americana
An inspiring story unfolds in this dual language book of the rich history, culture, and ties that bind and define a family of Italian descent, written through the unique perspective of a letter to the author’s children. A masterful way to share their heritage and instill an appreciation and understanding of what makes then unique as third and fourth generation Italian Americans, the “Letter” explores the similarities and differences between the Northern and the Sicilian and Southern Italian cultures, social and economic influences, and family structure.
With a particular focus on the role of the Italian woman as the heart of the entire ethnic group, as elevated rather than oppressed, as the “giver of life,” the author brings to light the differing nuances in feminist ideology of the United States and Italy.
In the end, the author artfully challenges her children, and all of us, to ask questions and to continue the journey of understanding, love, and activism needed to better our world.
Elsa Ekblaw Marshall –
This rich and engaging read inspired me to ask: What are my family stories? How do they help me to understand my own identity? How have they and do they shape me and my own self perceptions? This book speaks to the heart and soul as we ask: Who am I and where do I belong in my own family’s story and history. I believe the title of this book should be A LOVE Letter to My Children: An Italian-American Family’s Heritage.