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In Search of Roots

Over the past few years, I have been researching my family history with the help of Ancestry.com and the Family History Center in Nevada City. This has not been an easy task since I am a first generation Italian and most of my family records are back in Italy, specifically in Calabria. “ Where is Calabria?”, you ask. It is the southern most part of the boot and is much more rural than the highly developed north.

Many years ago, I ventured into Calabria in search of my father’s village. Unfortunately I only had two days to explore, so missed much of the beauty of the area. I did, however, find that village—San Nicola da Crissa..



Recently Bob Stewart, made me aware of a book written by his good friend, Karen Haid, entitled: “Calabria, The Other Italy.” Karen taught English as a Foreign Language there for many years and shares the wonderful experiences that those of us who have roots in Calabria can only dream of having.

Now the good news:




Author Karen Haid will present her award-winning book Calabria: The Other Italy at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17th in the Oak Room at the Community Center.

Based on her four-year experience living, working and traveling in this lesser-known region in the toe of the Italian boot, Calabria: The Other Italy weaves observation, personal anecdote, salient historical information and social commentary into a nonfiction narrative that combines travelogue with an exploration of everyday life and culture. This engaging work, at times humorous, at others poignant, portrays the joys and challenges of the “other Italy,” and captures the essence of contemporary Calabria and Southern Italy.

A book signing will follow.

The public is invited to attend and an RSVP is requested. Call 432 3260. There is no admission charge.

— Cathy Fagan


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