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"...Helen Barolini, the dean of Italian American writers, whose UMBERTINA, a novel, CHIAROSCURO, a book of essays, and MORE ITALIAN HOURS, a recent collection of stories, form a triptych of Italian American culture evolving through the 20th century."
Fred Misurella, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, April 15, 2002

"...Barolini emerges as a serious literary artist..."

Available titles:


Author's Prologue followed by profiles of Margaret Fuller, Emily Dickinson, Constance Fenimore Wooolson, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Marguerite Caetani, and
Iris Origo.
"I am starting to read for the second time!..an immense pleasure." Grace Cavalieri

  • A CIRCULAR JOURNEY Fordham University Press

This collection of memoir essays recounts not only the author's journey from her American birthplace to the Italy of her ancestors, but also the discovery of self and the closing of a circle.
"...a beautiful, moving, splendidly written book..." Pamela Renai della Rena
"...what a joy it is...I savor every word..." Prof.Alfred Rosa

  • ROME BURNING Poems, Birch Brook Press

with drawing of Giardino Barberini in Rome by American artist George Biddle
"I read it in one fell swoop and simply adored each and every poem." Prof.Pellegrino D'Acierno

  • MORE ITALIAN HOURS, and Other Stories, Bordighera

"...an elegant, intelligent, and, finally, luminous book..." Carole Maso

"These stories captured my attention from beginning to end. Barolini's telling details create the characters so vividly that they seemed like people I have known, but now I have been given more insight into them." Nahid Rachlin

"... 15 elegant stories about Italians and Italian Americans balancing on the delicate wire connecting their two worlds." Fred Misurella

  • THE DREAM BOOK: an Anthology of Writings by Italian American Women, rev. ed. Syracuse University Press

"...Barolini's powerful Introduction...is an impassioned and magnificent contribution to our knowledge of what it has meant and means still to be Ethnic American and Woman...It is a book of heroic recovery and affirmation."
Alice Walker

  • UMBERTINA, The Feminist Press

"...a superb job of evoking both transcultural and transgenerational conflicts..."  Alden Whitman

"...large in scope, in depth, and in the gift of rapid narrative movement."  Cynthia Ozick

  • CHIAROSCURO: Essays of Identity, University of Wisconsin Press /LI>

"As part memoir, part social commentary, and part literary criticism, Helen Barolini's wonderful Chiaroscuro seems to me...profoundly original..."  Sandra Gilbert

  • ALDUS AND HIS DREAM BOOK , Italica Press

"In this marvelous , learned and friendly volume, Helen Barolini...conveys the magic of an age in which the book as we know it was invented..."  A Common Reader

  • FESTA: Recipes and Recollections of Italian Holidays, University of Wisconsin Press

"Reading FESTA is like taking a good humanities course. Barolini weaves information about Italian life with the art of cookery...showing the connectedness of all life."  Maine Sunday Telegram

  • LOVE IN THE MIDDLE AGES, Morrow; An Authors Guild Backinprint.com Edition, 2000

"a warm story, a very readable book."  Christian Science Monitor


Cassette tapes of an interview and reading from Umbertina and excerpts from The Dream Book are available from the American Audio Prose Library Inc., order toll free (800) 447-2275.