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Here’s partial list of places, books, pamphlets and websites I’ve studied or visited in preparation for writing for the Serafina Florio Mystery Series:

Ancona, Vincenzo, Malidittu La Lingua, trans. Gaetano Cipolla, Legas (New York, 1990)

Bellestri, Joseph, English-Sicilian Dictionary, Joseph Bellestri (Ann Arbor, 1988)

Benjamin, Sandra, Sicily: Three Thousand Years Of Human History, 498 pp., Steerforth Press (Hanover, NH, 2006)

Buber, Martin, I and Thou, Charles Scribner’s Sons (New York, 1958)

Carlisse, Carlo, A History of Italian Law, Volume II, Little, Brown and Company (Boston, 1928)

Chaussier, M., Notice Historique sur La Vie et Les Ecrits de Mme. Lachapelle, (Paris, 1825) [internet edition]

Clare, Horatio, Sicily: through writers’ eyes, Eland Publishing Ltd (London, 2006)

Cornelisen, Ann, Women of the Shadows, Penguin Books (New York, 1991)

Croce, Marcella, Harris, Moira F., History on the Road: The Painted Carts of Sicily, Pogo Press (St. Paul, 2006)

De Blasi, Marlena, That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story, Ballantine Books (New York, 2008)

Dickie, John, Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia, Palgrave, Macmillan (New York, 2004)

Emsley, John, The Elements of Murder: A History, Oxford University Press (New York, 2005)

Fazzioli, Edoardo, Chinese Calligraphy, Abbeville Press (New York, 1987)

Gabaccia, Donna R., From Sicily to Elizabeth Street: Housing and Social Change Among Italian Immigrants, 1880-1930 (Albany, NY, 1984)

Gadda, Carlo Emilio, That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana, trans. William Weaver, George Braziller Publishers, (New York, 1965)

Hopkinson, Deborah, Shutting Out The Sky: Life In The Tenements Of New York 1880 – 1924, Orchard Books (New York, 2003)

Kaufman, Carolyn, Psy.D., The Writer’s Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately about Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior, Quill Driver Books (Fresno, 2010)

Lachapelle, Marie-Louise, Pratique des Accouchemens: Mémoires et Observations Choisies, J. B. Baillière (Paris, 1825) [internet version]

Lawrence, D. H., Sea and Sardinia, edited by Mara Kalnins, Cambridge University Press, 1997

Limmer, Ruth, Six Heritage Tours of the Lower East Side, New York University Press in conjunction with The Tenement Museum of New York (New York, 1997)

Maggio, Theresa, The Stone Boudoir: Travels through the Hidden Villages of Sicily, Perseus (New York, 1997)

Marks, Clara Goldberg, The Handbook of Hebrew Calligraphy, Jason Aronson Inc. (Northvale, New Jersey, 1990)

Martin, George, The Red Shirt & the Cross of Savoy: The Story of Italy’s Risorgimento (1748 – 1871), Dodd, Mead, & Company (New York, 1969)

Marzorati, Elena, ed., Sicily, Dorling Kindersley Ltd (London, 2007)

Metzker, Isaac, ed., A Bintel Brief: Sixty Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward, Doubleday (Garden City, NY, 1971)

Price, Gillian, Walking in Sicily, Cicerone (Cumbria, 2006)

Plotch, Batia, ed., New York Walks: The 92nd Street Y, Henry Holt and Company (New York, 1992)

Privitera, Joseph F., Sicilian Dictionary & Phrasebook, Hippocrene Books, Inc. (New York, 2006)

Reeder, Linda, Widows in White: Migration and the Transformation of Rural Italian Women, Sicily, 1880-1920, University of Toronto Press (Toronto, 2003)

Riall, Lucy, Risorgimento: The History of Italy from Napoleon to Nation State, Palgrave Macmillan (New York, 2009)

Riall, Lucy, Sicily and the Unification of Italy: Liberal Policy and Local Power, 1859-1866, Clarendon Press (Oxford, 1998)

Riall, Lucy, The Italian Risorgimento: State, Society and National Unification, Routledge (London, 1994)

Riis, Jacob A., How The Other Half Lives, Dover Publications, Inc. (New York, 1971)

Robb, Peter, Midnight in Sicily, Vintage Books (New York, 1996)

Runciman, Steven, The Sicilian Vespers, Canto (Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Sammartino, Peter, and Roberts, William, Sicily: An Informal History, Cornwall Books (Cranbury, NJ, 1992)

Sanders, Ronald, Downtown Jews: Portraits of an Immigrant Nation, Dover Publications (New York, 1969)

Sanders, Ronald, The Lower East Side, Dover Publications (New York, 1994)

Santostefano della Cerda, Fulco, The Happy Summer Days: A Sicilian Childhood, Weidenfeld & Nicholson (London, 1976)

Sarti, Roland, Italy: A Reference Guide from the Renaissance to the Present, Facts On File, Inc. (New York, 2004)

Schiavelli, Vincent, Bruculinu, America: Remembrances of Sicilian-American Brooklyn, Told in Stories and Recipes, Houghton Mifflin Company, (New York, 1998)

Schiavelli, Vincent, Many Beautiful Things: Stories and Recipes from Polizzi Generosa, Simon & Schuster (New York, 2002)

Sciascia, Leonardo, The Day of the Owl, trans. Archibald Colquhoun and Arthur Oliver, New York Review Book (New York, 2003)

Sieg, Caroline and Weiss, Margot, eds., Frommer’s Sicily, Wiley Publishing, Inc. (Hoboken, 2007)

Simeti, Mary Taylor, On Persephone’s Island: A Sicilian Journal, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (New York, 1986)

Simeti, Mary Taylor, Travels with a Medieval Queen, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York, 2001)

Smith, D. Mack, Cavour and Garibaldi 1860: A Study in Political Conflict, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 1954)

Summerscale, Kate, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or, The Murder at Road Hill House, Bloomsbury (London, 2008)

Tenement Museum Encyclopedia,

The School Of International Labor Relations at Cornell University provides resources relating to the events that led to the Triangle Factory Fire.

Trease, Geoffrey, A Thousand for Sicily, The Vanguard Press (New York, 1964)

Trevelyan, George Macaulay, Garibaldi and the Making of Italy, June-November, 1860, Longmans, Green and Company Limited (London, 1911)

Trigiani, Elaine, Sicily’s Top 10, Dorling Kindersley Ltd (London, 2005)

Vecchio, Diane C., Merchants, Midwives, and Laboring Women, University of Illinois Press (Urbana, 2006)

Verga, Giovanni, trans. D. H. Lawrence, Little Novels of Sicily, Grove Press, (New York, 1953)

Verga, Giovanni, Sicilian Stories, trans. Stanley Applebaum, Dover Publications, Inc. (Mineola, New York, 2002)

Vittorini, Elio, Conversations in Sicily, trans. Mason, Alane Salierno, New Directions (New York, 2000)

Whorton, James C., The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain Was Poisoned at Home, Work, & Play, Oxford University Press (Oxford, 2010)

Yochelson, Bonnie, Berenice Abbott: Changing New York, Museum of the City of New York (New York, 1997)

Zipes, Jack, and Russo, Joseph, The Collected Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales of Giuseppe Pitrè, Volumes 1 & 2, Routledge (New York, 2007)

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