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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 Chronicle

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."

Maria Laurino is the author of Were You Always an Italian?, a national bestseller, and Old World Daughter, New World Mother. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

ISBN: 9780393321951

ISBN-10: 9780393321951

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: 06/17/2001 - 12:00am

On Sale: 06/17/2001 - 12:00am

Pages: 220

Language: English

Categories

Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social

Social Science / Customs & Traditions

Social Science / Emigration & Immigration

Social Science / Ethnic Studies