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About methe dog is not mine, I found it surfing the web, he looked so at a loss that I adopted him, since then we've been getting on quite well

Who am I? That is a simple question, yet it is one without a simple answer. I am many things—and I am one thing. But I am not a thing that is just lying around somewhere, like a pen, or a toaster, or a housewife. That is for sure. I am much more than that. I am a living, breathing thing, a thing that can draw with a pen and toast with a toaster and chat with a housewife, who is sitting on a couch eating toast. And still, I am much more.
I am a man.
And I am a former baby and a future skeleton, and I am a distant future pile of dust.
(by Demetri Martin - on The Newyorker)

I know is a very long shot, like searching a needle in a haystack.
but will you spread my quest?
When my father was a teenager , just after second world war, a girl came to live in the same little town where he used to live, Savignone near Genoa. But a few years later, the girl’s family moved to New York City.
Years and years later 1969/1970 out of blue this girl with her husband and two sons knocked on our door. At that time we used to live in Busalla (also near Genoa), but unfortunatley as soon as they hit our door a bad news came. A relative of them died in the U.S.A., so they catched the first plane to come back home; but there wasn’t place for them all, so they left their youngest son with us for more or less fifteen days, then my parents put him on a plane direct, of course , to New York
I only remember his name, was Victor, and his age 13/14 years old, the last name is an easter last name because they move out from Istria, when it became , after II World War, part of Yugoslavia, and his mother was a dressmaker/seamstress.
Anyway, that’s my story, just a bottle thrown in the ocean

About my libraryThe cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity
(read somewhere)

"We look on past ages with condescension,
as mere preparation for us... but what
if we're only an after-glow of them?"
The Siege of Krishnapur
J.G. Farrell

We go on doing reserach and thinking about all sorts of problems, as if we could one day reach the thought that would set us free Gregory Bateson>/I>

I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.
Woody Allen

The human habit of overestimating other people's happiness is nothing new, of course. Here a quote by Montesquieu: "If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are."

GroupsAmateur Historians, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, Non-Fiction Readers, Reading Globally, Science!, Travel and Exploration literature, Used Books, What Are You Reading Now?

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Italian Horseball Championship age 13/14/15 Valle Scrivia wins the title, my daughter is the fifth starting from the left
thanks for the suggestion. I just downloaded to my Kindle.

such a coincidence - I am at work right now, its lunchtime and I am just about to have some (leftover) pasta with pesto that I made with the last of the basil from my garden. I use a receipe from Marcella Hazan but it is probably not as good as you can get in Genoa.
thank you so much for the photos. It looks like a very nice town, despite the oil refinery. Thats somewhat strange though - to have an oil refinery there.

And I like the story about your father-in-law and the ravioli. It was the same, it seems, at my grandmothers - every holiday there was the ravioli. I have made her receipe a few times, but not for many years - it just takes so long - to make the pasta, then the filling (her original receipe had brains in it, I substitute sausage) and then then the sauce which has to cook for hours and hours. But now that I am thinking about it again, I just might find some time soon to get out the receipe.

grazie mille ancora
That is truely amazing - that you are from Busalla. I have been searching for about 30 yrs to find this town. My father only told me that his family was from a small town north of Genoa. It was on Ancestry. com that I found a second cousin, who I never knew about before. We are just beginning to share information. I have a photo that was given to me by a very distant relative of my great grandmother - Catarina Cereghino Perazzo. She and her husband Greggorio Perazzo were both born in Busalla and then emigrated to San Francisco. I also have my grandmother's receipe for ravioli (the pasta, the filling, the sauce) - which I always loved - and it is probably from Busalla also.

From everything that I have been able to find, the family came directly from Italy to San Francisco. They did not go thru Ellis Island which is in NYC harbor - so that site would not have any information about them. I have searched the records from the Mormon Church and have found a little there but not much. But I do know that they have a copy of the birth, marriage and death records from Busalla but I think the records only start around 1875 or so. I will be requesting a copy soon.

I am not sure if Greggorio was naturalized - meaning, that he became a US citizen. I do know that my grandfather - Pietro Montessoro was, but the naturalization records for the county where he lived have not been found.

But anyhow, this is just such a interesting coincidence - that we both have ties to the same town. What can you tell me about it? How big is it? I have seen some photos on the internet - is it really in the mountains?


Hi! You suggested Evolution Man: Or How I Ate My Father to me a few months ago and I just wanted to thank you. While I didn't necessarily fall off my chair laughing, it did keep me entertained; not to mention some of the underlying motifs and messages were quite useful for a Criticism class I was assisting in teaching.

Thank you again :)
Thats wonderful that you an your family will be visiting Ireland soon. The description of your trip sounds very interesting.

I know very little so far about the branh of my family that is from Ireland. It was my maternalgreat-great-grandfather and his wife who came from Ireland. All I know is that they came from Cork. The names are Patrick and Mary Ann Scanlon - which I think is probably a very common name. I don't think you would have much luck with that little bit of information but thank you very much for offering.

On the Italian side however - I have made some remarkable progress. There is a web site called and through that I have discovered a very distant relative. My paternal grandmother (Mary Cecelia Perazzo) had a sister (Louisa Perazzo) who was two years younger (both were born in San Francisco, California but their parents were from Italy). I have located the grandaughter of that sister. She has told me that that part of the family came from Busalla. I see that Busalla is in the Valle Scrivia, the same as the town called Montessoro. So now I am much, much closer to actually finding the birthplace of my grandfather.

Have a wonderful trip, and thanks again for the offer.
I just want to let you know how much I enjoyed responding to your new thread and to thank you for telling me about it.
Thanks for thinking of me! I posted, and hope my selections don't seem excessively gloomy! All in fun!
Thanks for the invite. Hope you are doing well and best wishes for the new year.

Love the dog photo!
Hi grelobe! Thank you so much for pointing out your thread to me, because you were right on the money! That does in fact interest me and looks like a lot of fun, so I'm going to go play now. Happy new year to you too!

I'd be more than happy to try to help you with your quest, I'm just not quite
sure what it is that you need me to do.
Good question!

Have you read Dick Frances? All of his books have horses in some aspect, but most also have fairly deep research into other areas - and sometimes research is part of the plot.

Mystery is not my primary genre-fiction interest, but yes I have read a lot of it. I'll have a look at your genealogy-related books - I have an interest in that kind of microhistory, but I acknowledge that it's deadly dull to most.

Have you read Darwin's Radio? It's a star of SF (Nebula or Hugo, deservedly), and has an intense research push at the start.

Wow! That's a really specific request. I don't have any good answers for you, but you might want to send the request to Bumpersmom She has many books similar to mine and seems to be very up on our type of book.

If you find an answer, please share the titles with me. They sound like nice reads. Good luck.
You might try the Daniel Suarez books, start with the first one Daemon, then if you like it you might enjoy the second book Freedom. I found them an interesting concept and writing style. If you read them let me know what you think.
As you can also tell from my library, I am particularly interested in crime/mystery graphic novels. Some suggestions: Tintin by Herge, Black Hole by Charles Burns, Crime and Shock Suspenstories by EC Comics, From Hell by Alan Moore, Isabelle Blanc-Sec by Tardi.

I have to say that I've had easier questions to answer ! It's not easy to find crime/mystery novels where the police or detectives don't play a major part. The only books that I can think of in my collection are those written by Donna Tartt: The little friend and The secret history. I'm not sure if this is what you're searching for but I have enjoyed these two books a lot. 5 stars !!

Thank you for finding my library interesting! Heart by Edmondo De Amicis was a childhood favorite of mine. I have 2 copies in Spanish of different editions.
Thanks! And I'm always on the lookout for new, interesting African memoirs!
Magar? - Is that your first name? Doesn't sound Italian, more like Hungarian(?) I'm happy you're interested in memoirs too. Since I began writing my own, memoirs have become a kind of obsession with me. I probably read more of them than I do novels and other fiction these days. We're getting ready for Christmas here. My wife has begun to make pierogies - handed down from her Polish side of family. Merry Christmas to you in Italy! - Tim
Thank you for adding my library to your interesting libraries list. I have added yours to mine. I see you have recently added "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun". I bought it a few months back, but haven't read it yet. But the two Huxley's are among my all time favorite books.
You had posted on one of my threads and thought you may be interested a new thread of mine. Check it out.
Hi, just saw your post in the Name That Book group and think the book you and your friend are looking for is Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz.
Masgar - loved the Monty Python link you provided! Thanks for adding my library to you 'interesting libraries.' I came over to see yours, and I'm sure I've been here before, love your dog! I found that you have lots of Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and Paul Auster books that I wasn't aware of, so I'm going to link to your library as well. Happy reading!
- Lisa
Thanks for visiting my library. Love your profile photo!
Glad I could help!

No problem, masgar. If you are talking about the new picture on my profile page, I was just looking at artwork by Edward Hopper, found a picture that I liked and saved it. I am sorry, I do not even know what website I was on.

Thanks for the tip on the Italian authors. I will be keeping an eye out for them.
As an English teacher, and a former Spanish teacher, I am very interested in language and phrases. I love your phrase "flour of a bag of mine". Could you elaborate on its meaning?
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