CCAC Dean Emeritus authors story of immigrant grandfather’s journey to find the American dream
PITTSBURGH—Dr. Paul Gentile, former dean of Workforce Training & Development at CCAC North Campus, has completed his second book, “Salvatore and Maria, Finding Paradise.” The compelling story takes the reader along on young Salvatore Ciccone’s eventful journey to find the American dream.
Leaving Italy unaccompanied at the age of 13 in 1902, Salvatore arrives in Colorado to work in the mines so he can send money to his family back home. He falls in love and marries Maria Grosso, and when the mine fails they move to the Pittsburgh area so he can work in the steel mills. Together they raise five children and find their own private paradise despite hardship. It’s a family saga and an American story of immigration and assimilation where individuality and character are never lost.
The former educator undertook a remarkable level of research to create the book, which will resonate with history lovers as well as those who enjoy a good family story. The book is part of the Harmony Memoir Series and is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and by special order at libraries.
The author will be a guest speaker at the Aliquippa Library on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m.
Gentile has an MA degree from Duquesne University and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the travel memoir “Dolce Far Niente: Sweet Doing Nothing” and is also a guest columnist for a local newspaper, writing on economic and workplace issues. He and his wife live in Gibsonia, Pa., and in Hilton Head, S.C.