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Anthony Buccino

A few of Anthony Buccino's writings on his Italian American heritage and culture ... plus plenty of other resources for cultural enrichment.

Sometimes I Swear In Italian

Sometimes I Swear In Italian by Anthony Buccino Anthony Buccino's collection Sometimes I Swear In Italian is about growing up Italian American in America.

Buccino’s verse captures the assimilation of an Italian American born and raised in New Jersey who becomes truly inspired by a trip to Italy. There he realizes how at home he feels so far away.

Read about the old neighborhood where the 'bianca lina' man sold bleach to make the white linens, the young boy growing up in the house his grandfather built, and living upstairs from his scary grandma who spoke no English. This American boy discovers the land his ancestors left to make a better life for him and his generation. Despite its title, Sometimes I Swear In Italian contains no profanity in any language.



A Debt To Honor

Ordinary folks risked all saving strangers 'We did what we knew needed to be done' The true story of how nearly 40,000 Jews in Italy were saved from Nazi annihilation during World War II

Coal Miner's Kids' Christmas

Harry was four years old when his dad died in a coal mine cave-in in Wilkes Barre, Pa. Harry was the youngest of eight children, the oldest was barely a teenager. That was February 1929.

Italian American Roots in Belleville and Nutley, New Jersey

Growing up on the border line of Belleville and Nutley, the children in my neighborhood along Meacham Street knew that when we grew old we would speak Italian. It was as obvious as all of those gray-haired relatives who came to call spoke the dialect.

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Great-Grandfather was a pumpkin

Who is Brother, (who is) Uncle Bim?

Greetings From Belleville

Belleville, N. J.-native Anthony Buccino collected in this full-length book his most-requested writings about life and growing up in Belleville, New Jersey.  More than forty essays and reflections on everything from his Italian-speaking grandmother who lived downstairs, junior high school bullies to selling pretzels for Ed Strat at Belleville High School football games at Municipal Stadium.



Buccino wins UNICO National award

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La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience by Jerre Mangione

La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience by Jerre Mangione

Una Storia Segreta - Lawrence DiStasi

Finding Italian Roots by John Philip Colletta

They Came In Ships by John P. Colletta

Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American

Some Kind of Wise Guy: Stories About Parents, Weddings, Modern Living, and Growing Up Italian by Bill Ervolino

A Family of Sicilians: Stories and Poems

Sometimes I Swear in Italian

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

What We Pass On: Collected Poems: 1980-2009

Italian Women In Black Dresses

Things My Mother Told Me

All That Lies Between Us

Maria Mazziotti Gillan: Essays on Her Works

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Tom Perrotta

Little Children


The Wishbones

Joe College

Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies

Buccino: On Perrotta

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Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl's Spiritual Journey

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The Italian Americans: A History by Maria Laurino

The Italian Americans: A History by Maria Laurino

Una Storia Segreta - Lawrence DiStasi

Don't Tell Mama - Regina Barreca

Moustache Pete Is Dead! - Fred L.Gardaphe

Dances with Luigi - Paul Paolicelli

Beyond The Godfather - Italian American Writers on the Real Italian American Experience /Ciongoli/Parini

Memoirs of Lt. Camillo Viglino, Italian Air Force 1915-1916

Italian Americans in World War II  - Peter L. Belmonte

The Humble and the Heroic Wartime Italian Americans by Salvatore LaGumina

Blood of My Blood - Richard Gambino

Mount Allegro - Jerry Mangione

Unto The Sons - Gay Talese

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Were You Always an Italian? by Maria Laurino

Were you always an Italian by Maria Laurino

Remind Me Again Why I Married You - Rita Ciresi

Heritage Italian-American Style - Leon J. Radomile

The Garlic in the Melting Pot - Lewis M. Elia

ROSA The Life of an Italian Immigrant by Marie Hall Ets

Sometimes I Dream In Italian - Rita Ciresi

Ciao, America - Beppe Severgnini

Andiamo, Weasel! - Rose Marie Grant

Italian Stories - stories by Joseph Papaleo

The Last Cannoli - Camille Cusumano

Growing Up Italian by Linda Brandi Cateura

Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

NEWARK'S Little Italy - The Vanished First Ward - Michael Immerso

The Big Hunger by John Fante

The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo

The Altar Boy Chronicles by Tony Pasquarello

In The Garden of Papa Santuzzu by Tony Ardizzone

Taking It Home - Stories from the Neighborhood by Tony Ardizzone

A Family of Sicilians - Stories & Poems by Salvatore Buttaci

Promising the Moon - poems by Salvatore Amico M. Buttaci

With Heart and Soul - Calgary's Italian Community by Antonella Fanella

Growing Up Italian In God's Country - Patricia Costa Viglucci

Recipes My Nonna Taught Me - by Francena

Say That To My Face - David Prete

The Joint Venture - Gilbert Visconti

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New Jersey author Anthony Buccino's stories of the 1960s, transit coverage and other writings earned four Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism awards. The Pushcart Prize-nominated writer has been called ' “New Jersey’s ‘Garrison Keillor” or something to that effect.’

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Buccino's Work
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The Wall St Journal
Dow Jones Newswires
NJ.Com - NJ Voices
The Nutley Sun
The Belleville Times
The Independent Press of Bloomfield
The Glen Ridge Paper
The Nutley Journal
The Belleville Post
New Jersey Monthly

Paterson Literary Review
U.S. 1 Worksheets
Rattlesnake Review
Medusa's Kitchen
Voices In Italian Americana
Edison Literary Review
Journal of New Jersey Poets
The Idiom
Fox Chase Review
South Mountain Poets Anthology
More Sweet Lemons
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