- Chapter I - Childhood
- Chapter II - Loss of Mother *
- Chapter III - Orphaned
- Chapter IV - Haunted
- Chapter V - Saint Sylvester's Shrine
- Chapter V - Emigration *
- Chapter V - America !
- Chapter V - Philadelphia
- Chapter V - Nicola
- Chapter V - Newark *
- Chapter V - Married, Twice!
- Chapter V - Carmela and Lucia
- Chapter V - War, Orazio
- Chapter V - A Cold Winter and The Spanish Flu
- Chapter V - Growing Family, Anthony
- Chapter V - Loss of Orazio
- Chapter V - Hard Times, Irma, Elena
- Chapter V - Florham Park, Edward
- Chapter V - Home Building
- Chapter V - The Depression Hits, Discrimination, Teaching Teachers
- Chapter VI - A Depression Story *
- Chapter VII - Lee, Richard, Marie *
- Chapter VIII - Our Skating Rink, Dashed Hope
- Chapter IX - School News
- Chapter X - A Crossroad
- Chapter XI - Irvington
- Chapter XII - The Depression Continues
- Chapter XIII - Children Grow as do Dreams
- Chapter XIV - My Youngest Learners
- Chapter XV - War Draft, Tony Leaves for Service, Coolidge Street *
- Chapter XVI - A Fresh Start
- Chapter XVII - Tony's Married ?
- Chapter XVIII - Edward to Service
- Chapter XIX - Roses
- Chapter XX - Eddie Says Goodbye AWOL
- Chapter XXI - Eddie's Close Call, Tony's Swap
- Chapter XXII - Fighting For Citizenship
- Chapter XXIII - DeVenezia Construction, Maplewood
- Chapter XXIV - Return to Italy
- Chapter XXIV - France
- Chapter XXIV - Italy
- Chapter XXIV - Connecting *
- Chapter XXIV - Hospital Humor, Milan
- Chapter XXIV - Paris *
- Chapter XXIV - Return *
- Chapter XXV - Nicola's Health
- Chapter XXV - Nicola's Idea
- Chapter XXVI - Seaside Park
- Chapter XXVI - Nicola's Stroke
- Chapter XXVII - Richard to Service
- Chapter XXVIII - Nicola's Twilight
- Chapter XXVIII - Loss of Nicola
- Chapter XXIX - Venezuela
- Chapter XXIX - Visiting Helen *
- Chapter XXIX - A New Experience
- Chapter XXX - Seashore Apartments, Visit With Helen
- Chapter XXXI - 1962 Travels *
- Chapter XXXII - A Stake in the Sun
- Chapter XXXIII - Harvest Festival, A Trophy *
- Chapter XXXIV - Celebration
- Webmasters Note *
My name is Richard Anthony DeVenezia, one of Marie's grandchildren through her son Richard. This website is an interactive presentation of her book "A Grain of Sand" published in 1979. The only changes made were breaking up the longer chapters and selecting a heading for each chapter. Any omissions or biases in the headings are my own and not of the author.
|Judy Wagner Washington DC
||Wednesday, February 26 2003, 02:21 pm|
I was checking out "Irvington" on Google, and came across this web site with the DeVenezia name.
My two aunts, Rose and Vi Kedersha, were friends with Marie, and they were always mentioning her when I was a child.
They were always going to this or that club meeting with her. (Neither of them had married)
This memoir by your grandma is very touching.
It's interesting to me that what matters in the end (as people sum up their lives) is their families
... friends are there, but not worth mentioning at an older age.
My memoir would be the same, I think, though I know I will never write one.
What motivated your Grandma to write this?
|Victoria Dunne London
||Friday, December 6 2002, 10:49 am|
I'd love to know if this book is still in print? Please contact me on the above email address. Many thanks.
|Mimi Northwest US
||Thursday, September 26 2002, 09:35 am|
Richard, thanks for sharing this story with us.
We'd love to see some photos to go along with the story!
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