‘Farms, Factories, and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut’ author talk at Trumbull Library

Farms-10-16On Sunday, October 19, 2 p.m., in the Trumbull Library Community Room, Anthony V. Riccio returns to talk about his new book, Farms, Factories and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut, history stories told by elderly Italian American women all over the state through oral history interviews and photographs.

This book uncovers the behind-the-scenes roles of Connecticut’s Italian American women, the glue of Italian American culture. The book’s visual documentation comes from family albums, which provide rare glimpses of their experiences in southern Italy and their working lives in Connecticut — toiling on tobacco farms, in the sweatshops of New Haven, on the production lines of U.S. Rubber in Naugatuck, and many family farms in North Haven, Hamden, East Haven, Waterbury, and Woodbridge.

Riccio is the author of The Italian American Experience in New Haven: Images and Oral Histories, and Boston’s North End: Images and Recollections of an Italian-American Neighborhood, and the coauthor, with Silvio Suppa, of Cooking with Chef Silvio: Stories and Authentic Recipes from Campania. Books for sale at the event.

Registration requested at 203-452-5197 or trumbullct-library.org. You can follow Riccio at anthonyriccio.com.

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