I have only read the first part of The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna and I am immediately thrown into my own family’s stories past. Yes, it is that sort of book. It is vivid in detail. You feel as if you are there in the midst of it. Suddenly it all seemsContinue reading “Some thoughts on our Italian histories”
November is here! Our selection for this month is “The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna,” by Juliet Grames. This book is available to order through interlibrary loan and the NIOGA library system. You can also support our local bookseller, The Book Corner, by calling Jeff Morrow at (716) 285-2928. He will take careContinue reading “The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna”
Thoughts on Roman Holiday October 19, 2020 I honestly can’t say what has taken me so long to watch Roman Holiday! I am close to fifty years old. How did this beautiful film escape me? Of course, I had heard of it. Somehow I just had never gotten around to actually watching it. Apparently theContinue reading “Thoughts on Roman Holiday”
The first film we will be viewing is Roman Holiday (1953). Roman Holiday features Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. It was directed and produced by William Wyler. Recently, the film was selected for presentation in the United States Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” Considered a classicContinue reading “October’s 2020 Movie Selection: Roman Holiday”
During the month of November we will be reading The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames. Here is the review from Amazon: From Calabria to Connecticut: a sweeping family saga about sisterhood, secrets, Italian immigration, the American dream, and one woman’s tenacious fight against her own fate For Stella Fortuna, deathContinue reading “November 2020 Book Selection: The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna, a novel by Juliet Grames”
Our December movie selection is controversial to some as it elicits a debate over how far one should go to protect children from the realities of a cold and ugly world. Roberto Benigni won an Academy Award for best actor in 1999 for Life is Beautiful. The film portrays a father who shields his youngContinue reading “December 2020 Movie Selection: Life is Beautiful”
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