Friday, June 23, 2006

Was Grandpa Reincarnated?

A few months ago, I ran a contest in my Honoring Our Ancestors Newsletter. To enter, you had to either submit photos of ancestral lookalikes or tell me your favorite book or film with a genealogical theme.

Today, I thought I'd share a pair of the lookalikes, starting with the winner, Robert Cassella. He's the fellow on the right below. To his left is his grandfather, Guiseppe Cassella. I'd say the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. For his submission, Robert won a signed copy of The Queen of the Big Time by bestselling author, Adriana Trigiani. So now Robert can get a sense of what life might have been like for Guiseppe. BTW, if you're of Italian ancestry and haven't read any of Trigiani's books, do yourself a favor and go snag one.

The winner of the other book, a signed copy of Andrew Carroll's Behind the Lines: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters -- And One Man's Search to Find Them, is Carol Anderson of California.

She wrote, "I very much enjoy the Butter in the Well book series by Linda K.
Hubalek. Many years ago, I won the first book in the series called Butter In the Well and loved it. It's about a Scandinavian Woman's Tale of Life on the Prairie. My father and his family immigrated here from Norway when he was eight years old and it is easy to imagine from these stories how things were for them back in those days!"

I had never heard of this book series myself, but if I were of Scandinavian origin, I suspect I'd order every one! Besides, I can't help but be intrigued by a bison-farming writer.

Congrats to both Robert and Carol!


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