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  1. Salvatore and Maria: Finding Paradise (Harmony Memoir Series)
    Salvatore and Maria: Finding Paradise (Harmony Memoir Series)
    Salvatore and Maria: Finding Paradise (Harmony Memoir Series)
    Salvatore and Maria: Finding Paradise (Harmony Memoir Series)
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  2. Salvatore and Maria: Finding Paradise (Harmony Memoir Series)

    Delivery: 10-20 Working Days
    Customer Ratings (8 reviews)
    Price R518.00

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"In Salvatore and Maria: Finding Paradise, Paul Gentile takes you along on Salvatore’s journey as he leaves Italy in 1902, works in the mines of Colorado, falls in love with Maria and moves to the Pittsburgh area to work in the mills. Like so many of that time, Salvatore rarely complains and takes his greatest joy in his family. The story that Gentile weaves here will ring true to nearly everyone in America. This book is for historians as well as those who enjoy a good family story." ~Kathleen Ganster, journalist and professor in Pittsburgh, PA.


Paul L. Gentile
Bottom Dog Press
Bottom Dog Press
, black & white illustrations
, black & white illustrations
Bottom Dog Press
Bottom Dog Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I absolutely loved this book and the story that, as the author states, needs to be told. This is the original story of the search for the American Dream, the price paid, and the road paved, by those that came before us. It is particularly captivating if you are interested in, or had family that participated in the mass emigration from Europe to the U.S. during this time (late 1800's early 1900's). In the interest of full disclosure, this is very personal for me as Salvatore and Maria are my great-grandparents. I had heard some of these stories first-hand from Salvatore when I visited in my younger years. That said, it is very well done and well researched. Dr. Gentile keeps the reader abreast of the historic time-line (WWI, Prohibition, WWII, Great Depression) and the effect it had on the subjects, while never wandering from the story.
Thank you Paul Gentile for writing this account of your family. Their love story is quite moving and their struggles inspiring. There were so many aspects of early steel mill life that I was not aware of. Thank you for your factual research in this area. This is a must read for anyone from Aliquippa, for anyone of Italian descent and for any young person that wants to learn what REAL struggle, survival and pursuit of the American dream is all about.
A frequently told story of an immigrant family making a life in America but never so simply written and inspiring.
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