The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America

Italian American Digest, Summer 2011

In a memoir that has been called "eye-opening — vibrant, original, and deep" and "beautiful and entertaining" The Anarchist Bastard: Growing up Italian in America by Joanna Clapps Herman offers a glimpse into the divided life she lived growing up as a child of Italian American immigrants in Waterbury, Connecticut. She has been hailed as a "gifted storyteller" and this unique, deeply personal collection of her essays is at once an emotional narrative of her memorable family and also an exploration of the ties between past and present, Italy and America. Herman's situation is unique, and yet any reader who has experienced what it means to have family ties of any kind can relate to her story.

The Anarchist Bastard: Growing up Italian in America is listed as $24, 95 plus S&H and may be purchased through Suny Press — www.sunypress.edu or by called 703/661-1575.