Innocent Heart, Laughter and Tears: A Memoir of Maria Marzia Maiello and Her Family Life in Santa Nicola la Strada, Italy

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The Midwest Book Review
"Innocent Heart, Laughter And Tears is a personal memoir and biography concerning the life of Maria Marzia Maiello and her family. Born in 1920 in a small town in Italy, she had to abandon her beloved native land with her mother at the tender age of ten, to escape the rising tide of fascism. Together they came to the United States, where young Maria met her father in America. Written by Maria's daughter Antonia Sparano Geiser, Innocent Heart, Laughter And Tears in the amalgamation of many stories Maria and her mother told directly to Antonia, and so Antonia has taken the liberty of collecting and presenting them in first person narration. Innocent Heart, Laughter And Tears reads fluidly, yet it is more than a memoir and a biography; it beautifully preserves a piece of twentieth century Italian-American heritage, culture, and memory."
July 2005
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882897513
  • Publisher: Lost Coast Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    Return to Italy

    This book brings you back to another time! A time of innocence... I read it and got lost in Italy as a young child...I laughed, I cried and you will too! You don't have to be Italian to love this book, it will bring back memories of your of family, fears of the dark, ghost stories, witches, and werewolves. I highly recommend it, it is delightful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2001


    A very heartwarming, sincere book, written in the words of the one who lived those colorful years in Italy in the 1920s. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2000


    This is a very charming and heart warming book that takes you back to the times many have experienced or heard their ancestors speak of. I loved this book and couldn't put it down.

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