The Italian Immigrants' Daughter

The Italian Immigrants' Daughter

by Suzanna Rosa Molino, Gina Mossa Molino

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The daughter of Italian immigrants from Sardinia, Italy, Gina Mossa Molino was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1933. In 1946 at age 12, she was plucked from the familiarity of American life and shipped to Sardinia with her siblings and mamma after Papà Giovanni Mossa died tragically on-the-job building soldier barracks in Baltimore. In a 'reverse emigration' story, Gina shares detailed anecdotes of growing up in the 1930-40s in Brooklyn and the poor Italian village of Luras, Sardinia, under the watch of a strict Italian mamma bravely raising three children alone, and lovingly guided by uncles and aunts.
Gina's daughter and coauthor, Suzanna Rosa Molino (author, Baltimore's Little Italy: Heritage & History of The Neighborhood), passionate about her Sardinian heritage, shares memories of growing up as the granddaughter of Nonna Antonica, a significant influence in Suzanna's life. With vintage photographs, some Sardinian history, amusing & emotional stories, and description of the ongoing connection between the Mossa cousins in Italy and America today, The Italian Immigrants' Daughter offers an authentic peek of first- and second-generation Italian life, as described by mother and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781530702282
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/26/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 935,469
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

GINA MOSSA MOLINO: Gina is the daughter of Italian immigrants Antonica (nee Cabras) and Giovanni Mossa of Sardinia, Italy. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and plucked from the comforts of American life as she knew it in 1946, Gina and her two siblings were moved to Sardinia with their mamma after their papà died tragically on-the-job near Baltimore. She was 12 years old. Gina's professional career was as a Technical Illustrator for Martin Marietta (1962-92). Married to the late Luigi Saverio Molino for 61 years, Gina is a grandmother and great-grandmother.
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SUZANNA ROSA MOLINO: Suzanna's writing career has produced numerous pieces in magazines and newspapers across the country. Following a passion for her Italian heritage as the granddaughter of four Italian immigrants, the native Baltimorean penned the 2015 title, 'Baltimore's Little Italy: Heritage and History of The Neighborhood.' In 2010 she founded the nonprofit organization, Promotion Center for Little Italy Baltimore (
Her 2016 book, 'Married to Baseball: Between innings with Ken Singleton,' is a collection of human interest stories about baseball life married to this former Baltimore Oriole and current NY Yankees TV broadcaster.
Suzanna continues to write a weekly reflective e-column, SNIPPETS Inspiration, which she created in 2006: under the name Suzanne Molino Singleton.
Contact Suzanna at suzannamolino@

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