“In this richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated volume, Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the complicated, centuries-long story of the true Italian-American experience.”
Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird: “Behind it all was a young Southern girl named Nelle Harper Lee, who once said that all she wanted to be is the Jane Austen of South Alabama. Hey, Boo explores Lee’s life and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding her, including why she never published again.”
“The funniest essay comes from author and screenwriter Adriana Trigiani, who described her childhood mane thusly: ‘I got my father’s hair, tight curls and fine texture, as if B.B. King and Louis Prima had a baby.’ ‘I was the only girl in my ninth-grade class who looked 53,’ she writes.”
– Chicago Tribune, Heidi Stevens
“Adriana Trigiani’s “Love and Best Wishes, Aunt Jane” imagines a modern-day Austen giving her niece advice upon her engagement”
“By seeking out accomplished authors with a common touch, like featured writer Adriana Trigiani, . . . [ The Anthology of Appalachian Writers ] celebrates writing that combines high literary aspirations with popular appeal. The writing here delights while it stimulates. Readng this anthology, I was drawn powerfully into the characters of Jeff Mann’s Mary Draper Inglels, Mary Lucille DeBerry’s Faye Garrison, Don Narkeic’s Jack Holt and Katherine Combiths’s grandmother. I came away with a new perspective on lives that mattered.” George Brosi, editor.
– APPALACHIAN HERITAGE