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Ma speaks up : and a first generation daughter talks back

Author: Marianne Leone
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The acclaimed actress and author of Jesse: A Mother's Story tells the story of her outspoken, frequently outrageous Italian immigrant mother. Marianne Leone's Ma is in many senses a larger-than-life character, one who might be capable, even from the afterlife, of shattering expectations. Born on a farm in Italy, Linda finds her way to the United States under dark circumstances, having escaped a forced marriage to a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Leone, Marianne author.
Ma speaks up.
Boston : Beacon Press, 2017
(DLC) 2017003480
Named Person: Marianne Leone; Marianne Leone
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marianne Leone
ISBN: 9780807060049 0807060046
OCLC Number: 970042241
Description: ix, 158 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Marianne Leone.

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"The acclaimed actress and author of Jesse: A Mother's Story tells the story of her outspoken, frequently outrageous Italian immigrant mother. Marianne Leone's Ma is in many senses a larger-than-life character, one who might be capable, even from the afterlife, of shattering expectations. Born on a farm in Italy, Linda finds her way to the United States under dark circumstances, having escaped a forced marriage to a much older man, and marries a good Italian boy. She never has full command of English, especially when questioned by authorities, and when she is suddenly widowed with three young children, she has few options. To her daughter's horror and misery, she becomes the school lunch lady. Ma Speaks Up is a record of growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, with the wrong family, in the wrong religion. Though Marianne's girlhood is flooded with shame, it's equally packed with adventure, love, great cooking, and, above all, humor. The extremely premature birth of Marianne's beloved son, Jesse, bonds mother and daughter in ways she couldn't have imagined. The stories she tells will speak to anyone who has struggled with outsider status in any form and, of course, to mothers and their blemished, cherished girls"--

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