Not for Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey Girlhood

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Bordighera Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.42 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author
Kathy Curto teaches at Montclair State University and The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published in the essay collection, Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now, and in The New York Times, Barrelhouse, La Voce di New York, Drift, Talking Writing, Junk, The Inquisitive Eater, The Asbury Park Press, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Ovunque Siamo and Lumina. She has been the recipient of the Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellowship, the Montclair State University Engaged Teaching Fellowship and also serves on the faculty of the Joe Papaleo Writers' Workshop in Cetara, Italy. Kathy lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their four children. This is her first book.

"'Not for Nothing' transported me. Curto's gritty specificity with coming-of-age memories is humours, gripping, and thought-provoking. 'Not for Nothing' takes on the beauty, pain, tenderness, cruelty, passion, and love that often coexist in a jumble of childhood and family."
--Ann Imig

"Take the next exit, Rhonda James. Go find yourself another gig, Snooki. There's a new author, the genuine article, motoring up and down the Jersey Turnpike in this stunning memoir: poignant, gritty, charming, heartbreaking glimpses into growing up in the real Garden State, not some made-for-TV version of it. Kathy Curto is one smart cookie. She is also a flawless writer. And oh that voice, that drop-dead mesmerizing voice."
--Steven Lewis

"In this tense and tender memoir, Curto dishes up her family's crazy, moody love like rich, red Italian gravy. Sometimes platters of it smash against the wall; sometimes warms bowls are savored on a lap. Too often, the plate is empty--with devastating consequences. But the reader feasts. Curto has a sharp eye for the telling detail, a sharp ear for the telling phrase, and a fresh and loving voice for the telling of it all. Mangia Bene!"
--Irene O'Garden