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Ciao Pittsburgh—An Italian-American Lifestyle Magazine

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Ciao Pittsburgh prides itself in being the first and only digital publication covering Italian-Americans living and working in the Pittsburgh region.

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Italian Expats Interviews

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Interviews and Articles by the Italian Expats and Authors

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Thank you Cecilia for closing the gap between Italy and America. We are truly one at heart.

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A New Place for the Italian Expats Authors, Writers and Blogger to share their stories.

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Yes Marianna, definitely!
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The Italian Good Luck

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To start this week in the best way here you'll find the most common ways to wish Good Luck in Italian! More slang for you!!! Obviously the most common way is wishing BUONA FORTUNA (Good luck), but we...

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Best advice on what to say and what to keep to yourself!

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Florence, Italy: Michelangelo's David

One of Europe's great thrills is seeing Michelangelo's David in the flesh at the Accademia Gallery. Seventeen feet high, gleaming white, and exalted by a halo-like dome over his head, David rarely disappoints, even for those with high expectations.


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Living proof that “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it”.

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Smashwords — Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing —a book by Marianna Randazzo

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In Sicily,between Fascist Mussolini and Nazi Hitler's stronghold, a child is thrust into a world of personal strife and hardship and displaced in offensive living conditions.Though time heals most anything,there are unfathomable stories of the...
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Review by: Mr Zappa on June 29, 2013 :      
I normally read spy novels or Lee Child type books. I read this book because my parents who grew up in Sicily used to tell similar stories. It was a fast and good read. It showed another side to WWII. I highly recommend it.

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Marianna Randazzo | Teacher, Writer, Life-long Learner

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Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing - Kindle edition by Marianna Randazzo. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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In Sicily, 1935 a four-year child walks away from her loving family, her mother, her sister and an infant brother, with a great-aunt for a vacation. She spends the next eight years of her life absent from their lives. It was not an abduction nor was it an adoption. Tina lives in a one-room house in one of the poorest regions of Sicily. She sleeps between a loving aunt and a deranged uncle. She shares her breakfast with goats and chickens while living in the shadow of fascism. The child grows up while WW II ravages the town. Her school is taken over by German soldiers and the things like bread and eggs that were once plentiful, no longer exist. Less than 25 kilometers away her family leads a very different life. After eight years, she returns home to find her childhood interrupted again. This time sickness, warfare and destruction are her enemies. In wartime Europe, childhood does not exist. The child witnesses and experiences many disturbing things from her uncouth, unsanitary living conditions to the failed paratroopers dangling from trees during the allied invasion.
Tina is a survivor. She is able to forgive those who took so much away from her. Her spirit trumps over adversity during the war times within and around her. As she grows older, she struggles to keep the harsh realities of World War II and abandonment at a distance through her sense of humor, imagination and determination. 
By the age of 15, her fate is sealed, again, without her permission. To gain passage to America she must accept the role as a war bride. A tyrannical, overbearing, bootlegging aunt in America arranges the match. Tina must live under her roof and her rules until her citizenship is secure. 
Tina has earned the right to complain, yet at no point does she play the victim. At times, her nonjudgmental stance is disquieting. Despite circumstances that could be categorized as abusive and undeniably negligent. Tina respects her parent's decisions and sacrifices herself for the greater good—even when it is not apparent to her. 
Despite a raging war, Tina thinks about her family and her friends more than about the horrors of the battle fought across the continents, even when she is a victim of the German soldiers’ mockery and the American soldier’s unusual ways. She is remarkably clever and insightful. The plot and setting are true to life in the period of the past. It will bring the history of war torn Europe to life, providing us a lens upon our collective past that define our unique lives. 
Tina triumphs against all odds with an unconditional love for a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fortitude to carve out a successful life on her own terms. Given Away,A Sicilian Upbringing, demonstrates that even in the midst of the most horrendous conditions of war, without trivializing the historical tragedy, perseverance prevails as Tina declares what is rightfully hers.

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Is the Teaching of Reading Skills Dying in our Schools? | Feature Article 2013-05-05

Is the Teaching of Reading Skills Dying in our Schools? | Feature Article 2013-05-05 | Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing. A Novel by Marianna Randazzo, Now Available | Scoop.it

 

EDUCATION WEEK QUESTION: Is the Teaching of Reading Skills Dying in our Schools?

Asks Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview M. S., Toronto-Canada

Did you know that READING can keep your mind active and engaged well into old age? Reading is considered one of the best habits that one can inculcate in him/her. It leads one to knowledge! 
The old Good Book says that ‘for lack of knowledge my people perish’. Yes, knowledge is power. Though knowledge comes to us in many forms, it best comes in the pages of a book. However, we won’t know until we read what is written in the pages. Therefore reading is the key to knowledge. It is said that the one who reads is a leader!
As a parent and a teacher by profession I can’t overemphasize the importance of reading to the teaching and learning process.


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"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet."

— Lady Montagu, providing advice on raising her granddaughter, 1752

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Catacombe di San Domitilla - Rome

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Catacombs are underground burial chambers.
There are sixty known subterranean burial chambers in Rome. We visited the Catacombe di San Domitilla which are spread over 15 kilometers of underground caves.
The Domitilla Catacombs are unique in that they are the oldest of Rome’s underground burial networks. They are the best preserved and one of the most extensive and, the only ones to still contain bones.
They are the only catacombs that have a subterranean basilica; entrance to the catacombs is achieved through this sunken 4th-century church
I found it to be fairly easy walking, although the passage ways are very narrow, and there are steps. It was quite an experience, to have a glimpse at the life (and death) of the early Christians, their burial rites and their first trials at religious art.


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Many years ago as a child and then again with my own children, I visited 
The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo in Sicily, southern Italy. It was a memorable experience. Although a  somewhat macabre tourist attraction, they provided us with an extraordinary historical record.

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Catacombe di Santa Domitilla, Rome

Catacombs Location: on the Appia Way, Via Appia.

Price: 8€ adults - 5€ children 

Opening time: all days  from 9  to 12 and then from 2pm  to 5pm

Transports: Bus #714

Infos: http://www.domitilla.info

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How well do you know Rome?

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[...] Being a lover both of film and Italy I was always going to be predisposed to an emotional response and sure enough, as the credits flashed up on the screen and the camera lingered over the Lungotevere at dawn, Romans filed noisily out of the cinema and I remained in my seat, enchanted, tears spilling down my cheeks. It’s not a tragic ending and you’re going to think me melodramatic when I tell you this, but there was so much beauty and so much truth in ‘La Grande Bellezza’ that I felt utterly overwhelmed. [...]


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Italian cinema causes that affect. Please see my insights and reviews about Italian cinema and Neorealism http://mariannarandazzo.com/category/cinema/And, be sure to add these films to your list:Ciao, Professore! La Moglie Più Bella – The Most Beautiful Wife A Film by Damiano Damiani  Mamma Rosa,  
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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, June 28, 2013 2:29 AM

Great Article, here another highlight: "Personally I have encountered scenes, conversations and characters exactly like those ‘imagined’ by Sorrentino. Rome is, in many cases, a city irresistibly stimulating for any creative or aesthete and yet, simultaneously, comes with a lifestyle and a crowd that crushes ambition, making one feel that frequenting aperitivi and whiling away time philosophizing on a terrazza is a justifiable way to defer ever actually creating anything of beauty."

La Grande Bellezza - Paolo Sorrentino

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Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing

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Book Trailer: Given Away, A SIcilian Upbringing.

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filomena abys 4 days ago

This video fills my soul with passion and love. Great Job - You make me proud to be Italian. Filomena Abys

 

   

DiarmuidHudner 6 days ago

What an intro!! Your son is one talented guy. Best wishes with the book

 

   

Conrad Biazzo 6 days ago

amazing preview book even more spectacular

 

   

Joel Heffner 1 week ago

Wow!

   

tsinay40 1 week ago

can't wait to read the book Mar,,,wishing you much success!!!!

  

G Randazzo 1 week ago

Great video! Very compelling story and a must read for all :)

 

 
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Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! June 28, 2013By Mr. HermanFormat:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified PurchaseAs a Social Studies teacher, I recommend this book to young adults as well as people my age. It is a glimpse into the past and allows you to see what life was like in Italy from an Italian perspective during WW2. Many people did not know poorly the living conditions were under Mussolini paired with German occupation. This book offers tremendous insight.
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Given Away a Novel by Marianna Randazzo.

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"A must-read! Compelling! Riveting! Courageous! Though time heals most anything, there are...
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