Edge City

The Chronicles of Bobby A: Un Italian’ in the USA

by Robert Agnoli



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/27/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 94
ISBN : 9781480813793
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 94
ISBN : 9781480813809

About the Book

Edges, both jagged and sharp, spring from the 

tension of living and maturing between two conflicting factors:  

cultural assimilation – on the one hand suppressing ethnic identity 

in the public square – and on the other, developing a personal 

identity which internalized that heritage. Edge upon edge, these 

elements represent the conflicts for Italian immigrants within the 

melting pot of L’america. This collection of memoirs and reflections, poetry and prose, takes the reader through one man’s experiences 

as a first born Italian in America and an American in Italy. 

Italian-Americans will recognize the challenges of assimilation 

in “Edge City”. Readers of all ethnicities 

will gain a new understanding of 

the Italian culture in America.

About the Author

Robert Agnoli is an organizer and author. Born in New York City of immigrant parents, Bob is a graduate of New York Military Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in history/government from Fairleigh Dickenson University and a master’s degree in Social Work (CO) from Fordham University.


Bob has been a Vice President of the American Italian Cultural Roundtable and co-producer of “Jazz ItaloAmericano” at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. He is a past President of the National Council of Columbia Associations in Civil Service and was Chair and Master of Ceremonies of the conference on “Utilization of Italian Americans in Civil Service” held at CUNY. In addition, he has been an executive board member of the Social Service Employees Union L.O. 371 and chaired SSEU’S conference on “The Future of Social Work in the Public Sector” at the Essex House. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian American Writers Association.


His recently published poem, Night Fog, appears in the special 2012 Halloween Issue of Idea Gems Magazine.