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