Mark Rotella

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An Elegant, Thoughtful Exploration Of Life In 'Two Italies'

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I remember taking an intermediate Italian class in college, and to gauge our linguistic level of proficiency, the professor assigned us a short essay to write. Using the Italian I had picked up from my grandparents, I proudly wrote about my familial ancestry in Calabria. The essay came back with ...


'Salvage The Bones' Takes Top Fiction Honors At The National Book Awards

Thursday, November 17, 2011

In a celebratory National Book Awards on Wall Street last night, Stephen Greenblatt took the nonfiction award for Swerve, while, in a surprise turn in fiction, Jesmyn Ward won for Salvage the Bones.

Everyone loves to gripe about the National Book Award judges — for nominating ...


Italian American Song

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mark Rotella talks about the “Italian decade”—the years after WWII when Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and other Italian voices established their smooth, stylish brand of pop. Amore: The Story of Italian American Song tells the stories behind 40 Italian American classics—from “O Sole Mio” to “Volare” to “I Wonder Why”—and shows how these songs became the soundtrack of postwar America.

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