Dominic Palazzolo (The Virgin Suicides) Dominic is a suave Italian boy of overly romantic character in Jeffrey Eugenides’ 1993 novel “The Virgin Suicides.” He lives with relatives in the same neighborhood as the Lisbon girls. He speaks little English but is desperately in love with the local rich girl, Diana Porter. In a passionate show of his love, and of his anguish over her leaving for vacation, he jumps from the roof of his relatives' house, emerging unharmed and satisfied. Shortly thereafter, his family calls him to New Mexico. Neighborhood speculation hints that Dominic’s jump inspired Cecilia's own suicide.
Saint Dominic's Preview - a song by Van Morrison
Dominic (William Steig) - Dominic is a one-of-a-kind dog. One day this exuberant, restless, freedom-loving fellow decides there isn't enough going on in his neighborhood to satisfy his need for adventure. And off he goes, with an assortment of hats (rakish, dashing, solemn, and martial), his precious piccolo, and a few other things, leaving a note on his door: “Dear Friends, I am leaving rather in a hurry to see more of the world, so I have no time to say goodbye to you individually. I embrace you all and sniff you with love. I don't know when I'll be back. But back I will be. Dominic.” Recommended for ages 9-12.
Dominic Ties His Shoes (Etta Sare) - Poor Dominic needs new shoes. But after he convinces his parents to buy him shoes with laces, he runs into trouble. He doesn't know how to tie them, and when they come untied at school, he ends up making a mess of everything. Will Dominic learn to tie his shoes before he gets hurt? Recommended for ages 4-8.
King of Mulberry Street (Donna Jo Napoli) - In 1892, nine-year-old Dom’s mother puts him on a ship leaving Italy, bound for America. He is a stowaway, traveling alone and with nothing of value except for a new pair of shoes from his mother. In the turbulent world of homeless children in Manhattan’s Five Points, Dom learns street smarts, and not only survives, but thrives by starting his own business. A vivid, fascinating story of an exceptional boy, based in part on the author’s grandfather. Recommended for ages 9-12.
No Haircut Today! (Elivia Savadier) - Dominic's hair - some of it curly, some straight, but no matter what shape it's in, Dominic has no intention of having it cut. His mother is beside herself but when Dominic sees that she's upset, a change of heart may be in the offing. Recommended for ages 3-6.
Saint Dominic and the Rosary (Catherine Beebe) - St. Dominic led a life of excitement and adventure. As a boy he sold his books to feed the poor and offered himself as ransom for a prisoner. His greatest adventures came when he walked from town to town and stood fearlessly in the market to preach. Recommended for ages 13+
Famous People Named Dominic - Dominic "Don" Ameche (actor); Dominic Cooper (actor); Dominic Monaghan (actor)
Famous People who Named their Son Dominic - Ben Bradlee (news editor); Steven Seagal (martial artist/actor)