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L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

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    5.0 out of 5 stars L is for lion February 2, 2013
    By Anthony Chiappelloni
    L is for lion is a profound memoir of a Bronx Italian who against all odds persevered into a person of intellect and artistic talents. Like Annie, I am A Bronx Italian who grew up in the streets, sat on the stoop and played "Stick ball" and other street games. Annie had it harder than me because she was a Lesbian. Like Annie I came from a abusive family. The difference was I turned to drugs and became a "dope fiend" Annie turned to books and education. Entering the ivy league Brown University at the age of 18. While there she discovered that she had cancer. She fought it like a lion and it went into remission, only to return years later. Reading this book was like reading my life as a Bronx Italian and all the craziness that happened. Six years ago I was diagnosed with a deadly cancer that few survive. Annie always said that we are "moving targets"
    Annie has done incredible things in her life, reading poetry, performance art and teaching. One good thing is that Annie has kept her Bronx accent and I love this about her. Read her book and you will have a journey to the real life, the street life of The Bronx.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Read me

    Awsome read..did not want to put it down.. felt like i was living thru the authors eyes. Cant wait to read it again.loved it read it and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book! I dare anyone to read it and not b

    I absolutely loved this book! I dare anyone to read it and not be entertained. Annie shares her life story in a colorful and candid way that will, no doubt, leave you inspired. Against all odds, Annie did not give in to adversity, illness, stereotypes, or rejection. Annie fought those demons and went on to get an Ivy League education, survive cancer, learn to fly, travel to Italy to immerse herself in her heritage, study in Cairo, perform at the Guggenheim Museum with her 96 year old grandmother, etc. If you are an Italian American, know an Italian American, or watched a movie about Italian Americans, you must read this book! It made me laugh, cry, and really really hungry! Mangia!

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    If you┬┐re looking for a predictable autobiography that reads lik

    If you’re looking for a predictable autobiography that reads like an album recorded in mono, then this tome is not for you. However, if you desire a memorable memoir written from the soul of a survivor with the heart of a lion and reads like a newly-remasterd CD recorded in digital stereo from the original studio tapes, L is for Lion is the must-read book of 2013. Warning – be prepared to allot a generous amount of time the minute you start reading from anywhere in the author’s life, as this is not an easy book to set aside, even for a moment. Whether one had humble Italian beginnings in The Bronx, discovered non-traditional sexuality, or continues to fight – and win – against cancer while negotiating or coming to terms with adversity among nuclear family members, the reader can relate to and/or embrace many of the life-experiences shared by Ms. Lanzillotto from New York to Europe and the Mideast back to New York again. Along the way, we meet a diverse group of characters that would challenge even the best of film-makers to cast and depict as descriptively as written throughout the 330 plus pages. Such a cast includes neighborhood nuns, a linebacker, a corporate executive, the Kings Hearts, the Joker, a battered housewife survivor hairdresser, and the main character, the author – an asthmatic scholar athlete – who, at only eighteen years of age, learns of a giant cancerous tumor flailing around her chest. As you read about the life of Ms. Annie Lanzillotto in her own words, you discover that she is more than a Bronx Butch cancer survivor. She represents the heart and soul of anyone bearing challenging crosses, by standing up and making a difference through her self-less, on-going proactive responses. And, it was written with all the heart, humor, reality, color and clarity of any Clemens codex published.

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