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Ebook Were You Always an Italian?: Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian America by Maria Laurino read! Book Title: Were You Always an Italian?: Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian America
The author of the book: Maria Laurino
Edition: W. W. Norton Company
Date of issue: June 17th 2001
ISBN: 0393321959
ISBN 13: 9780393321951
Language: English
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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."


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Ebook Were You Always an Italian?: Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian America read Online! Maria 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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