Precious Cargo: A Collection of Stories from the Italian Immigrants of Matawan, New Jersey was written by Gloria Bucco to preserve the memory and stories of the Italian immigrants who came to the United States between 1880 and 1914. This was a very personal project for Gloria, having grown up in Matawan, her father’s hometown, from the age of three. The 6 × 9 print book page design and typesetting was developed for Amazon’s CreateSpace, with light copyediting done in AP style per Gloria’s background as a journalist. Artist and designer Peter Morris provided the cover design. The book was produced as a CreateSpace print-on-demand paperback and as a Kindle ebook. Over 300 copies of the book have been sold, providing over $2,000 in donations to the Matawan Historical Society.


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