Robert Zweig reads from Return to Naples: My Italian Bar Mitzvah and Other Discoveries (Barricade Books, 2008)

As a boy in the 1960s, Robert Zweig, an American Jew of Italian and German descent, had the exceptional opportunity to spend his summer vacations in Naples—the birthplace of his mother, the home of his extended family, and the impoverished city that American tourists avoided altogether. The interconnected stories in Return to Naples recount many humorous episodes from those summers. Zweig also describes the family mysteries he uncovered with each visit and how this knowledge led to a deeper understanding of his parents and the place where they met.

“These stories are immaculately chiseled cameos, but they also capture life on the grand scale. Like Naples, they grab you and won’t let you go.”

—André Aciman, Out of Egypt