Strap yourself in for one roaring, ring-tailed ruckus of a read: Master craftsman Stephan Talty uncorks a spectacular story with exhaustive research in “The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 298 pp., $28). And not the least remarkable thing about...

Long before the tenets of slavery reached American soil, it was an accepted institution across Europe. Slavery, whether the person were Black or white, was considered a finite period in one’s life and not a permanent definition or status of one’s place in society. Once released from enslavement, a person could (and often would) become an accepted a...

Chirico (Field Guide to Cocktails) delivers a title that is equal portions humorous memoir and cookbook, and totally entertaining. Comically referring to his mother as an assassin in the kitchen and to his quest to conquer the cuisine of his heritage as a measure of self-preservation, he shares his trials and tribulations from starting as a picky e...

When Michael Cascio published his debut children’s book, “When I Was A Child I Was Always Afraid,” in January, there was one person he wanted to thank, but couldn’t — Joan Pilla, his fourth-grade teacher. It was Pilla who took a 9-year-old Cascio under her wing and essentially taught him to read, he said. But they lost touch after that year at St....

It’s not just the food, it’s the table that matters. Adriana Trigiani, author of 17 books and director of “Big Stone Gap,” the movie based on her first novel, said she’s spent a life mining how Italian-Americans come to the table together. Though Italian-Americans agree on little, they come to the table as equals. “We’re all the same level at th...

In person registration for Garden City Library cardholders begins on Thursday, July 6th at 9:30AM at the Reference Desk of the Library for the next Coffee & Tea by the Book discussion. The program will be held on Monday, July 24th at 7PM in the small meeting room on the Lower Level of the Library. Librarians Laura Flanagan and Ann Garnett will mode...

Remember the charming story of Geppetto, an Italian woodcarver who carves a son out of a block of pine? The wooden marionette is brought to life and discovers that to be truly human is to be kind and brave. On Wed., July 5th (1:00 p.m.), this wonderful story will be depicted by the Hampstead Stage Company as part of the children’s summer reading pr...

Tuesday, July 11 — Author Talk: Anthony LoFrisco — The LoFrisco Family Cookbook: How Josie Brought Sicily to Brooklyn, 7-8:30 p.m. The LoFrisco Family Cookbook: How Josie Brought Sicily To Brooklyn by Anthony LoFrisco, is part cookbook, part memoir. The author, son of Sicilian immigrants in the early 1900s, shares not only his mother's time-tested...

I couldn’t wait to read a new book called Dinner with DiMaggio by Dr. Rock Positano. The author is a New York podiatrist I consulted in the early 1990s for an excruciating heel injury I got from jogging on the sidewalks of New York. A specialist in non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle problems, Dr. Positano said I had plantar fasciitis, a commo...

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Luigi Pirandello, the Italian dramatist and novelist who was awarded in 1934 the Nobel Prize in Literature for “for his bold and ingenious revival of dramatic and scenic art”. Pirandello was born in Agrigento, Sicily, on the 28th of June, 1867 and wrote an impressive number of dramas which were publi...