Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (June 17, 2001)
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"One of the easiest books in regards to the immigrant event in America....unique and gracefully written."―San Francisco Chronicle Maria Laurino sifts throughout the stereotypes bedeviling Italian americans to bring a penetrating and hilarious exam of third-generation ethnic id. With "intelligence and honesty" (Arizona Republic), she writes approximately 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 phrases like gavone and bubidabetz. based on Frances Mayes, she navigates the conflicting forces of ethnicity "with humor and wisdom."