Best seller in the USA and Portugal: Katherine Vaz, a Portuguese-American, is the current best-selling author of books published in the USA and translated into Portuguese in Portugal. Katherine is a Professor of English literature at the University of Davis, California and a prize-winning author. Saudade, Mariana and Fado are the recent titles. Her father was born in the Azores and her mother in Ireland. Recently she took part in a Library discussion about the Survival and Disappearance of Portuguese Protestants in Illinois.
Portuguese Spinner, An American Story: A new book has just been released by Spinner Publications with the collaboration of the Center for Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. This book is the first attempt to capture, in popular form, the saga of Portuguese migration and the people's struggle to build a life in America. It includes oral history, folk tales, etc. Joseph Thomas and Marsha McCabem are the editors. The price is $44.95 cloth, $29.95 paper, plus shipping & handling. To order, call (800) 292-6062. Credit cards are accepted.
New Book with Melungeon Bibliography: "The Melungeons: An Annotated Bibliography: References in Both Fiction and Non-Fiction" by Barbara Tracy Langdon. Published by Dogwood Press, 1998, ISBN: 1-887745-10-6, price: $8.00.

Portinglês: The Language of Portuguese-Speaking People
in Selected English-Speaking Communities
by Adalino Cabral, Ph.D., Dissertation, 1985, Boston College.
The work encompasses historical background of the Portuguese in the U.S., psycho-socio-cultura-linguistic elements of the immigrant and, in particular, six Portuguese communities--New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Cambridge, Somerville, and Lowell--all in Massachusetts. The author also, researched other English-speaking nations that have considerable numbers of Portuguese residents; among them -- South Africa, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Zaire... The term "Portingles" was coined by the author, and it is used to identify the type of language speech employed (or "borrowed") by Portuguese speakers residing in English-speaking communities.
The following is a small example:

ice cream
fazer o fainaute
to find out
agente funerario
papel da casinha
toilet paper

The work has over 1,750 pages and is divided into four volumes. The last volume contains an index of over 300 pages, and includes such data as statistics, historical material, cultural activities related to the Portuguese communities and the like. As a dissertation, the work is filled with citations and can be considered heavy reading.On the other hand, for the researcher interested in the field of Portuguese culture and socio-linguistics, much information may be useful for further study. The dissertation is available through interlibrary loan, and exists at, among others, the following libraries: Boston College, New Bedford (MA) Public, Hudson (MA) Public, Boston (MA) Public, Cambridge (MA) Public, Library of Congress, Weidner Library (Harvard University), Freitas Library, U.P.E.C., San Leandro, California, National Library (Lisboa), National Library (Brazil), Library University of the Azores, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal...

The work is available in both microfilm and hard copy, and may be ordered from the University Microfilms International, 300 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 -- U.S.A.

New Book about Portugal: Europe's best kept secret. An insider's view of Portugal. This is the title of a book recently published by Virginia Costa Matos and Sam Perlman. It can be ordered through the Internet at The cost is $16.99, includes tax and shipping. Dr. Luciano da Silva wrote a review and considered it to be an extraordinary book.

The Melungeons - The Resurrection of a Proud People
by N. Brent Kennedy, Ph.D. - Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia

My Melungeon Heritage
by Ruth Johnson

The Bettencourt Family
from their Normandy roots, through the Atlantic adventure
by J. Moniz de Bettencourt.  Contact:















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