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Adriana Trigiani, author of Kiss Carlo

It’s 1949, and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother, Mike, and their once-close families sets the stage for a re-match. Amidst the hoopla, the arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone (Dominic and his wife’s orphaned nephew) who lives and works with his Uncle Dom and his family.

Week of January 15, 2018

Paperback releases for the week of January 15th include KISS CARLO by Adriana Trigiani, the story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change; INSOMNIAC CITY, a moving celebration of what Bill Hayes calls "the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected" of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks; and David Grossman's A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR, winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, a searing short novel about the life of a stand-up comic, as revealed in the course of one evening’s performance.