Don't Tell Mama! - Edited by Regina Barreca Introduction: Why Don't Tell Mama! The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing?
Explanatory Notes and Caveats to the Introduction, by Hugo Barreca
From Under the Rose: A Confession
Carol Bonomo Albright and Elvira Di Fabio
"Introduction to Rocchietti's Lorenzo and Oonalaska"
Selections, Lorenzo and Oonalaska (1835)
"Sinatra's 'Associations' with the Mob"
"Holy Cards," from Taking It Home: Stories from the Neighborhood
From Wish You Well
"Buried Alive by Language," from Chiaroscuro: Essays of Identity
"Classic and Good," from More Italian Hours and Other Stories
"My Grandmother, a Chicken, and Death," from Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful
"My Life in Funeral Parlors," from Joy Shtick: Or What Is the Existential Vacuum and Does It Come with Attachments?
Mary Jo Bona
From Claiming a Tradition: Italian American Women Writers
From Miss Giardino
"Story of My Weight," from Pray for Yourself and Other Stories
"Careless Love: How Women Get to Hell"
From "Macaronis," from Paper Napkins
"Grandmother," from Poems: New and Selected
From A Bridge of Leaves
"Ossi Dei Morti," from Terra Firma
"Small Acts," from Terra Firma
"True or False," from The Birds of Pompeii
"Useless Knowledge," from The Birds of Pompeii
"The Evil Eye," from The Collected Poems of John Ciardi
"In Place of a Curse," from The Collected Poems of John Ciardi
"On Flunking a Nice Boy Out of School," from The Collected Poems of John Ciardi
"Statement," from The Collected Poems of John Ciardi
"Lifelines," from Mother Rocket
"Ellis Island"Gregory Corso
"Youthful Religious Experiences," from Herald of the Autochtonic Spirit"
"Poverty of Language"
From Family Honor: An American Life
"The First Night of the Wake"
Lina Del Tinto Demarsky
From Leaves of the Pharisees: The Dark Side of Italian-American Life
Mary Russo Demetrick
"I study Italian," from First Pressing
"I stash treasures," from Italian Notebook
Tina De Rosa
From Paper Fish
From Vertigo: A Memoir
From "Ars Longa, Vita brevis?"
Rachel Guido DeVries
From Tender Warriors
Pietro Di Donato
From Christ in Concrete
W. S. Di Piero
"The Depot," from Shadows Burning
"Sabbioneta to Parma," from The Dog Star
Diane Di Prima
From Recollections of My Life as a Woman
From The Brotherhood of the Grape
"Hail Mary," from Dago Red
From Wait Until Spring, Bandini
"The Old Italians Dying," from These Are My Rivers
From The Family of Max Desir
Camille Lavieri Forman
From A Perfect Time for Butterflies
From Tree of Dark Reflection
From Blood of My Blood: The Dilemma of the Italian-Americans
From The Italian-American Writer: An Essay and an Annotated Checklist
Sandra M. Gilbert
"The Tidal Wave," from Kissing the Bread: New and Selected Poems, 1969-1999
"Mafioso," from Kissing the Bread
"Tailors," from Kissing the Bread
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
"Opening the Door: 19th Street, Paterson," from Things My Mother Told Me
"Secrets," from Things My Mother Told Me
"Cleared Away," from The Gods of Winter
"Money," from The Gods of Winter
"Planting a Sequoia," from The Gods of Winter
"For Grandma Lucia La Rosa, 'Light the Rose'," from Word Wounds and Water Flowers
"American Sonnets for My Father," from Word Wounds and Water Flowers
"Woman with Tongue Sculpted in Cheek," from Eggs in the Lake
"Anniversary I," from The Collected Poems of Arturo Giovannitti
"Litania for My Mother's Hands"
From "MANAYUNK: Growing Up in Philadelphia During and After the War"
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
"Godfather II: Of Families and families," from Off Center
From An Accidental Autobiography
Josephine Gattuso Hendin
"Who Will Marry You Now?"
Joanna Clapps Herman
"The Discourse of un' Propria Paparone"
From The Paper Dragon
From The Blackboard Jungle
From "The Kiss"
From Ulysses in Traction
"Food and Fatalism"
Garibaldi M. Lapolla
From The Grand Gennaro
Salvatore La Puma
"Wear It in Good Health," from The Boys of Bensonhurst
"First Cousins," from Teaching Angels to Fly
From "Words," from Were You Always an Italian? Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian America
Jay Leno, with Bill Zehme
From Leading with My Chin
From "Sitdown at the Heartland Hotel," from Lucchesi and the Whale
From Mount Allegro
Jerre Mangione and Ben Morreale
From La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experiene
Mary Ann Mannino
"You Children Are Your Children, but Your Wife Is Just a Good Cigar"
"Duet," from The Great Wheel
"Show & Tell," from Salvage Operations
"The Old Men Are Dying," from Salvage Operations
"The Lion's Head," from The Art Lover
"Friend," from The Art Lover
Christine Palamidessi Moore
From "The Virgin's Nose" (or Picking Up a Piece of the Pietà), from The Virgin Knows
From The Loss of the Miraculous
From We Ride a White Donkey
From Viva Madison Avenue!
From Dances with Luigi: A Grandson's Determined Quest to Comprehend Italy and the Italians
"The Shylock's Wedding," from Italian Stories
"Grandmother in Heaven," from Town Life
"1913," from Anthracite Country
"The Miner's Wake," from Anthracite Country
"Ida Parini (1890-1976)," from House of Days
From The Apprentice Lover
"Someday I Will Read 'Dover Beach,'" from Ciao, Baby
"Perfect Love," from Daughters for Sale
From "The Movies," from Growing Up Sicilian and Female
"Canticle from the Book of Bob"
"Lost Innocence of the Potato Givers," from The Body Mutinies
"Long Time Too Long," from The Oldest Map with the Name America: New and Selected Poems
From The Godfather
From The Fortunate Pilgrim
"Dedicated to an Old Friend Whose Kindness I Shall Never Forget"
From Benedetta in Guysterland: A Liquid Novel
From Everything and a Kite
From The Quick
Mary Jo Salter
"Video Blues," from A Kiss in Space: Poems
From "Ravioli and Rage"
From Huddle Fever: Living in the Immigrant City
Chris Mellie Sherman
"How to Marry an Italian-American Man"
"The Veteran," from The Dance at St. Gabriel's
From Unto the Sons
From Like Lesser Gods
"Failed Fathers," from The Shifting Web
"The Widows," from Conversation with Johnny
"Song of the Castrato," from Conversation with Johnny
L. D. Ventura and S. Shevitch
From Misfits and Remnants
From A Cup of the Sun
List of Contributors