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Book Title: Were You Always an Italian?: Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian America|
Date of issue: June 17th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780393321951
The author of the book: Maria Laurino
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 866 KB
Edition: W. W. Norton Company
Read full description of the books Were You Always an Italian?: Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian America:Maria Laurino sifts through the stereotypes bedeviling Italian Americans to deliver a penetrating and hilarious examination of third-generation ethnic identity. With "intelligence and honesty" (Arizona Republic), she writes about guidos, bimbettes, and mammoni (mama's boys in Italy); examines the clashing aesthetics of Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace; and unravels the etymology of southern Italian dialect words like gavone and bubidabetz. According to Frances Mayes, she navigates the conflicting forces of ethnicity "with humor and wisdom."
Read information about the authorMaria Laurino is the author of Old World Daughter, New World Mother: An Education in Love and Freedom (W.W. Norton, 2009) and Were You Always an Italian?, a national best-selling memoir about ethnic identity. A former chief speechwriter to NYC Mayor David Dinkins and a staff writer for the Village Voice, Laurino’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, Salon.com, and numerous publications. She also co-wrote, with Michael Imperioli, an episode in Season Four of The Sopranos. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including in the Norton Reader.
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