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by Lisa A. Alzo

 ISBN: 0-9710637-0-2

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P.O. Box 4744

Ithaca, NY 14852



  or call (412) 848-1394 in PA or           


(607) 592-5680 in NY for more info


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Three Slovak Women is an autobiographical/historical account of three generations of Slovak women (my grandmother, my mother, and me) living in the same steeltown of Duquesne, Pennsylvania.

Three Slovak Women was first published in January 2001 as an E-book by Steel Press Publishing, West Mifflin, PA.  See the Book section for ordering and pricing information. A soft cover version, published by Gateway Press, Baltimore, MD, is now available.  Please check this site periodically for information on future availability and pricing.

Excerpt from the Preface:  

"My grandmother came to America from Slovakia in the early 20th century.  She left behind the world most familiar to her to make a new home in America.  Yet in all the time I spend with her before she died, I never thought about her as someone who had her own identity or interesting stories to tell.  I saw her only as my grandmother..." 


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"My grandmother was no different from the other Slovak women whose stories were never told.  I want to be the one to finally tell her story--perhaps not in the way she would have told it had she been given the opportunity, and maybe not as eloquently as she deserves.  But I hope that my account will capture her experiences as accurately as possible to show, above all else, that she mattered..."



The Story

Three Slovak Women Women is a nonfiction account of three generations of Slovak women in the steeltown of Duquesne, Pennsylvania and the love and sense of family binding them together.  The book opens with Verona Straka, who immigrated to the United States from the tiny village of Milpos in Slovakia in 1922, and chronicles the journey from her homeland, her arranged marriage to Janos Figlyar, a hardworking, but stern Rusyn coal miner/steelworker, whose fondness for alcohol led him to the often violent outbursts of which she was the target, through her struggles to raise her seven children during the Depression.  The story then follows Verona’s first-born, her daughter Anna, as she grows up Slovak-American, fearful of her father and devoted to her mother, and how this influenced the choices she made for her own life.  Finally, the story ends with Verona’s granddaughter, Lisa, showing how the opportunities presented to her differed from those afforded her mother and grandmother, with reflection on family values and traditions of the Slovak culture—praising those that have been passed down from the previous two generations, while lamenting what has been lost.

To read a sample chapter, click on the "sample chapter" link to the right of this page.  An excerpt of this manuscript will appear in Rocenka, the Yearbook of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society.

Author's Profile

Lisa Alzo was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and raised in the town of Duquesne.

She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, and spent six years researching her family history for  "Three Slovak Women."  She has worked as a features reporter and editorial assistant.  A part-time computer applications consultant, she has taught computer applications and writing courses at six institutions in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York for over three years.  Lisa has been an invited speaker for several genealogical and historical societies. She is currently working on her second book.  For more details on her background and courses taught, click the link to the "Author's Background" section. 

Contact Information

Lisa would love to receive feedback regarding her book.  Please note that while she will try her best to reply to all inquiries and comments in a timely fashion.

In PA: (412) 848-1394; in NY:  (607) 592-5680
(607) 257-4665
Postal address
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