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Under the Southern Sun: Stories of the Real Italy and the Americans It Created

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Recently there has been a seemingly endless stream of books praising the glories of ancient and modern Rome, fretting over Venice’s rising tides and moldering galleries, celebrating the Tuscan countryside, wines and cuisine. But there have been curiously few writings that deal directly with Italy as the country of origin for the grand and great-grandparents of nearly ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 12th 2003 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Mar 06, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in Italian culture
This eminently readable book -- part Italian history, part personal journal -- dissects the economic and social constructs of the Southern part of Italy in an attempt to understand what it truly means to be Southern Italian and why Southern Italians have gotten such a bad rap in Italy and the U.S.

The author is proudly of Southern Italian descent, and it seems he has a bone to pick. I can certainly understand that -- I am of Southern Italian descent myself, and no stranger to the stereotypes that
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Jun 27, 2007 Valerie Mangual rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any Italian American
This book answers many questions about why as Italian American descendents we never learned to speak Italian and the pride and shame that came with our heritage. A remarkable tale of the link that still exists between Southern Italians and their American cousins. Paolicelli makes a visit as a son of Italy and journalist to find out answers to many questions he has about his own family and the desendents of the "great immigration" (1870-1920).

This book will make you proud of being a descendent o
Nov 08, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Excellent book. I was looking for information about Basilicata province in Italy - it's hard to find and this book explains why. Good background information about the southern italians who immgrated to America and why they came.
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May 13, 2012 Nick Corabi rated it really liked it
I never knew much about southern Italian culture. I had no idea how much contention there is between Northern and Southern Italians, and while many people think that an Italian is an Italian, the truth is that Northern Italians look with disdain on Southern Italians, similar to how Northern Americans look at Southern Americans with some amount of disdain (usually not deserved). This book traces the historical foundation for the repression of Southern Italy, how that repression led many Southern ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Anne rated it liked it
This book was a fascinating and really helpful read for me since I'm currently living in Matera, just on the other side of the same little piazza where the author lived. I didn't find Paolicelli's writing style to be terribly gripping since it's a bit too sentimental and not challenging enough, but his subject is wonderful. He pays some overdue attention to a long overlooked area of Italy and to the Italian-American experience, on both sides of the Atlantic. Every time that I walk by what must ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Janet rated it liked it
Part travelogue of southern Italy and part (lite) social history of the contributions of southern Italians to the United States. This book would have been improved by some careful editing. It's a bit blog-like in places.
Dec 09, 2015 Al rated it liked it
An interesting view of the millions of Italians who emigrated to the US from southern Italy in the latter stages of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century. I learned a lot about the immigrants themselves as well as the southern part of Italy as it was then and is today.
Jul 21, 2012 Melinda rated it it was amazing
Mr Paolicelli writes about a side of Italy that was never taught in school or even talked about. His book has inspired me to
discover my Italian roots, see where my grandparents came from. An amazing people, the Southern Italians.
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Sep 23, 2013 Elizabeth Andrew rated it really liked it
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Many thanks to Paul Paolicelli for providing the perfect reading for my trip to Basilicata to dig up family history. I'm now a proud Lucana descendant.
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Great for air chair travelers and those who love Italian Americans.
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