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Twisted Head: An Italian American Memoir

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Loved it!

    I could be biased in that I'm also of Italian ancestry, but it's one of those reads in which you feel as though you are settling down for the evening with a good friend. If you like memoirs and coming-out stories, this one is very fine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2010

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    Not there yet.

    Stories of Italian American experience sans gangsters sorely need to be told. This story is nostalgic, funny and touching at times, but it really does have more to do with the author coming to terms with his relationship (or lack of one) with his father and his own homosexuality.
    There is a great deal more to be said about Italian Americans, but the voice that can tell that story is yet to be heard. All in all, a book worth reading, but it sometimes seems as if the author himself is unaware of the real focus of his story. Wish I could recommend more good Italian American stories, but there really is not a lot out there.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Gay Italian American Tells All

    I loved this book. The setting is familiar to me and the Italian American scene is one I discovered while in college. I married into an Italian family so I have an outsider's POV. Carl brings you into the story like you're marrying the family. You get to know the quirky aunts and uncles, the rivalry between father and son, the connection to Hoboken's Sinatra family. Frank's mom was a lousy cook. So when father has a restaurant in New Jersey, Mrs. Sinatra knows where to get a nice pizza. Carl makes you open your heart up to him and I am sure I'll read the book again at least once. I've written some memoirs myself so can truly appreciate another's accomplishment.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    A Terrific Read

    Being around the same age and having grown up in the same area I found Twisted Head to be a thoughtful & honest reflection of coming of age in the Bronx in the 1970's. It was humorous, sad & poignant and a right-on description of life in the Bronx. I recommend it if you're looking for a fun reading experience.

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  • Posted January 25, 2009

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    Twisted Head by Carl Capotorto is a poignant family memoir

    Being Italian-American, I search for books like this. It brought back memories of growing up in the Bronx in the 60's and 70's. It was humorous, but also sometimes sad bringing to the forefront the fact that our lives are not just black and white, but many shades in between.

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  • Posted January 19, 2009

    Huge Disappointment

    Being Italian and having grown up in the Bronx, I expected a story that would glorify or at least honestly portray the positive aspects of the experience in that place and time frame. Sadly, I read a sorrowful and many times nasty rendition of a "twisted" person trying to come to grips with his homosexuality and what must have been a sad childhood. There was nothing interesting or entertaining about it and in the end (forcing myself to finish)I felt horribly cheated and angry. A rousing "Bronx Cheer" for Mr. Capotorto and a plea to cease and desist from any similar future literary endeavors.

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