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Salvatore and Maria Finding Paradise


By Paul L. Gentile

Paul L. Gentile was born in Aliquippa, a steel town in southwestern Pennsylvania. During college he worked in the steel mill, and after graduating from California University of Pennsylvania began a thirty-two year career in education. He has an M.S. degree from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He contributes as a guest columnist to the local newspaper, writing on economic and workplace issues. He is the author of the travel memoir Dolce Far Niente: Sweet Doing Nothing. He and his wife live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

From quiet Pacentro, Italy in 1902, to the Starkville, Colorado mines and then on to the mills of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, this is the story of young immigrant Salvatore Ciccone and his wife, Maria Grosso. Together, they raise five children and create community despite hardships, making their own private paradise. Here is a family saga and an American story of immigration and assimilation where individuality and character are not lost.

Paperback. 264 p.