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Writa Writes and Reads with Rita Mattia

Rita Mattia

Like “Trying Stuff” — Rita Mattia’s published collection of short personal essays — Writa Writes and Reads moves agilely through 19th century Italy, 20th century New Jersey, and 21st century Maryland and Virginia. In both her first book and in these new stories read by the author, Mattia explores the Italian and the Irish immigrant experience, racism in America, growing up Catholic and her off-and-on struggles with mental illness. Though she often refers to them as “stories,” all are based on entirely true events in her life and the history of her family. Her love of theater, music, and family relationships also shines through poignant, hilarious, and always bitingly honest tales. In other words, Rita Mattia never backs away from things that hurt — or those that make us laugh, often at Rita herself. The best way to reach Rita or Writa Writes and Reads is via [email protected] (NOTE: this is NOT gmail). The best way to purchase a copy of “Trying Stuff” is through the online bookstore of her publisher, marinermedia.com

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