Were You Always an Italian?: Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian America
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"One of the best books about the immigrant experience in America....unique and gracefully written."—San Francisco ChronicleMaria 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."
- W. W. Norton & Company, June 2001
W. W. Norton & Company
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