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The power of the piazza

I AM Books

I had a hunch before opening I AM Books, the country’s first Italian American bookstore. Based on the feedback I received from readers of Bostoniano, I felt there would be a need for a common place where people could start a dialogue about their shared heritage and their roots. Soon after opening the bookstore last year, I realized this was only one of the many elements that people appreciate about the bookstore. I think what really excites people is the physicality of it. As human beings, we need places we can anchor ourselves to. These are places we rely on ...

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