9780393321951

Were You Always an Italian: Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian America

  • ISBN 13:

    9780393321951

  • ISBN 10:

    0393321959

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 05/01/2001
  • Publisher: INGRAM

Note: Not guaranteed to come with supplemental materials (access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.)

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Summary

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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