Were You Always an Italian?: Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian Americaby Maria Laurino
Pub. Date: 06/17/2001
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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,
"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."
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As a 19-year-old Italian-American, I found this book to be extraordinarily insightful and valuable. Growing up in an extremely ethnic family, I found that the author touched upon a great deal of the conflicting feelings and resulting struggles I have encountered regarding my heritage. Issues such as prejudice and branding stereotypes that I have no doubt plagued many Italian-Americans. This book is a must for anyone who has ever felt alienated because of too many vowels in their last name or for anyone of Italian descent who did not like The Godfather.