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Rose Musacchio Higdon

Born: 1936 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Rose was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She attended Fenger high school and Chicago Teacher's College.

Biography: Rose and her husband, author Hal Higdon, lived in chicago until 1958 when they moved to Long Beach, Indiana. After raising her children she returned to teaching until 1994 when she retired from teaching to assist her husband Hal market his books at Expos and on the Internet.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Rose Musacchio Higdon on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Falconara :
ISBN: 0963634615 OCLC: 29485354

Roadrunner Press, Michigan City, Ind. : ©1993.

Rose Musacchio Higdon, the daughter of Giuseppe "Joe" Musacchio and Angela "Ledda" Tocci Musacchio, was raised in the south side of Chicago. Her father emigrated from Italy and settled in Chicago just before World War I. Her mother followed later, with her brother Tony. She and her two sisters were born in the United States. The family, different from other Italo-Americans, spoke Arberesh, the strange dialect used in Falconara-Albanese, the village where the parents were born. Rose grew up on a family legend that many generations ago, seven royal families fled Albania to escape a Turkish invasion. They sailed around the boot of Italy and up the west coast to a point near the village of San Lucido. One day, they spotted Turkish sails and fearing discovery, the seven families moved futher into the hills until they came to a large rock. Circling over the rock was a falcon, so they named their town Falconara and built their church upon the rock. This book reports on an odessey to find the truth of the family legend, and find more about her Musacchio and Tocci families.