Rick Bailey, Author of American English, Italian Chocolate

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

2 - 4 pm

Stop in to meet author Rick Bailey and get a signed copy of his memoir, American English, Italian Chocolate, out now! 


"American English, Italian Chocolate is a memoir in essays beginning in the American Midwest and ending in north central Italy. In sharply rendered vignettes, Rick Bailey reflects on donuts and ducks, horses and car crashes, outhouses and EKGs. He travels all night from Michigan to New Jersey to attend the funeral of a college friend. After a vertiginous climb, he staggers in clogs across the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In a trattoria in the hills above the Adriatic, he ruminates on the history and glories of beans, from Pythagoras to Thoreau, from the Saginaw valley to the Province of Urbino.

Bailey is a bumbling extra in a college production of Richard III. He is a college professor losing touch with a female student whose life is threatened by her husband. He is a father tasting samples of his daughter's wedding cake. He is a son witnessing his aging parents' decline. He is the husband of an Italian immigrant who takes him places he never imagined visiting, let alone making his own. At times humorous, at times bittersweet, Bailey's ultimate subject is growing and knowing, finding the surprise and the sublime in the ordinary detail of daily life."

Get a sneak peek inside the book with Bailey's reading of "Feet First."


Can't join us for the event itself?  Preorder your copy and we'll get it signed for you!  Just let us know how you'd like your book inscribed.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
118 E. Front Street
American English, Italian Chocolate: Small Subjects of Great Importance By Rick Bailey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496201195
Availability: Ships in 2-3 days; Not Currently In-Store
Published: University of Nebraska Press - July 1st, 2017