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I just love Maria's experience. My ancestors came from Southern Italy, I came out of the Italian ghetto of East Harlem at a time Purto Ricans were migrating into the neighborhood. Read morePublished 4 months ago by frank donato
Maybe we're all searching for ourselves now; maybe that's why genealogy has become so popular, because we're all trying to figure out what it means to be who we are. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Janis Cortese
I found Ms. Laruino's journey from denying to investigating and then embracing her heritage a deeply personal and insightful reflection that can serve all of us, regardless of our... Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Iris_Eye
A STORY ABOUT A WOMAN, WHO GREW UP ASHAMED OF BEING ITALIAN ... BECAUSE OF THE WAY SHE AND HER FAMILY WERE TREATED ... Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Dr. C. L. Spicero
Male or Female, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd generation this book is a must read. I think I might be a little older than the author having grown up in the late 40's and in the 50's. Read morePublished on March 12, 2008 by Richard L. Marazzo
You needn't be Italian American or born in New Jersey from Italian parents to appreciate this book.
It's not the nasty mythical underbelly, but about real Italian... Read more
Were You Always an Italian is a very well written book, which should be no surprise, considering Maria Laurino's background. Read morePublished on August 26, 2006 by Ty
If you had a situation where you were allowed to choose one of two things,going to the dentist, or reading this book, I would implore you to go to the dentist. Read morePublished on December 1, 2005 by Michael Rybikowsky
Maria went through virtually the same experiences I did. Discrimination continued to run rampant in the 1980's, when I was growing up. Read morePublished on April 23, 2003 by Donna Di Giacomo