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First Italian American bookstore in United States opens in North End

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The country’s first Italian American bookstore officially opened its doors on Oct. 29. Located at 189 North St., in Boston’s North End neighborhood, I AM Books holds Italian and Italian American literature, magazines, games, toys and many more gift items. “When you walk into I AM Books, you might have a certain idea of Italy or of your Italian roots,” says co-owner Nicola Orichuia. “We’d like you to walk out with ten or twenty new ideas and a whole new perspective.” For co-owner Jim Pinzino, whose family hailed from Sicily, the store will give others the chance to live an ...

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