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About Marino Amoruso
As an Italian-American boy born in 1955 Brooklyn, Marino always had the ability to bring his life experiences to his writing, making it possible for us to feel as though we grew up right alongside him. His words are like 'dialogue', making the characters genuine, their thoughts and voices sparking emotion in readers.
Marino Amoruso, also an award-winning filmmaker, has written and directed over 50 films for broadcast and cable networks. He's been nominated for four Emmy Awards, won the prestigious Western Heritage Award as well as awards at the New York Film Festival.
He has written nine books -
ACROSS 7TH STREET – a multi-cultural love story between an Italian boy and an Orthodox Jewish girl set in 1960’s Brooklyn, NY.
THE SIXTH FAMILY - about the “crews” of young men that do the dirty work for the Mafia bosses. A gritty comedic story with great dialogue and riveting characters.
MONROE CITY BLUES - -A Brooklyn boy learns about baseball, prejudice and life lessons in 1960’s Southern Georgia.
THE LAST OUTLAW - a NY reporter goes to New Mexico to uncover the truth about a legendary outlaw.
GIL HODGES: THE QUIET MAN - an in-depth and personal view of Gil’s life; from his Indiana childhood to his legendary career as a baseball player and manager. Revealed are the secret deals made by the voting committee that have kept Gil from his deserved place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
BACK IN THE DAY: REFLECTIONS OF A BABY BOOMER - a collection of short stories; humorous and poignant views from a Baby Boomer.
BEING ITALIAN: A MEMOIR – Amoruso’s award-winning reflection of life as an Italian-American boy growing up in Brooklyn with his very Italian immigrant family. Includes Aunt Phil's cookbook.
OUR CONTRIBUTIONS: THE ITALIANS IN AMERICA- the companion book to the film Pride and Passion: The Italians in America.
AUNT PHIL GALLO'S COOKBOOK - a wonderful collection of Italian family recipes.
Amoruso proudly received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Sons of Italy in America for preserving Italian-American culture, history and heritage in his books and films. See them on our website - mymarfilms.com or Marino Amoruso on Amazon.
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Don’t ever forget where you came from!
Being Italian: A Memoir tells the story of us all - a true American saga.
The story of an immigrant generation that began life on “on the other side,” and then came to this nation carrying with them their traditions, culture, values, influence, hopes and dreams.
Being Italian: A Memoir is about a family of warm, funny and passionate Italians who blended the generations and passed on the traditions and values of the “old world” to new generations of Americans. It is the story of huge Sunday macaroni dinners with Grampa’s homemade red wine and Grandma’s big apron, big heart and a thick Italian accent.
A moving, warm, poignant and totally entertaining read, Being Italian: A Memoir will have you laughing, crying and reminiscing about your childhood memories. Younger generations will learn about their past - no matter where your family came from. Every American, every family, has descendants who came from somewhere else and have helped to form the great American melting pot - people who have carried on the traditions and beliefs of their families and cultures and have made America the great nation it is.
Being Italian: A Memoir is the story of one of these families - even more, it is all our stories….the American story. Between the mid 19th century through to the late 1920s, millions of immigrants came to this nation. They asked for one, and one thing only - an opportunity. Through hard work and perseverance they changed the course of American and world history. In telling the story of his family, author Amoruso has, in many ways, told the story of modern American history.
Praise for BEING ITALIAN: A MEMOIR
“You don’t have to be Italian to love this book. This is, above all else, an American story. The story of one immigrant family’s struggles and triumphs to make a better life for themselves in America. Poignant, moving, touching, emotional and often humorous, this is an absolutely wonderful book. You will see yourself and your family in this book.”
“Being Italian is in many, many ways the story of America…A story of people who came to this nation and asked for one thing and one thing only – an opportunity to realize the American dream. A moving and emotional story you will love and cherish.”
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“I started reading Being Italian at eleven o’clock one night. I didn’t go to sleep until five the next morning because I just couldn’t put in down. What a wonderful, moving, touching story. And I’m not even Italian. I’m Jewish! You have to read this book. You will love it.”
- Ira Goldstein
ACROSS 7th STREET is a story of romance and coming of age, during 'the last era of innocence' in the early 1960's, just before world events erupted into turbulent times. The story is told by Vincent; a 20-year-old streetwise kid who grows into a man before our very eyes. Vincent and his father, an Italian stonemason, work for many of the Jewish families in the neighborhood. While on a job for Mr. Levy, an Orthodox Jewish businessman - Vincent meets his daughter Rachel. Their attraction to each other is undeniable but very complicated. Although they live a few blocks away from each other - they are divided by 7th Street.
Rachel, 20 years old, is a smart and beautiful young woman who is still controlled by her stern father. Vincent begins to show her a world that is much bigger and more exciting than the rigid and smothering adult life that has already been planned by her Orthodox Jewish parents.
ACROSS 7th STREET connects us to both the joy of new love and the pain of loss. Vincent's friends and family add humor, loyalty and compassion as they watch Vincent fall in love with a young woman whose life couldn't be any more different than his.
ACROSS 7th STREET is truly an unforgettable story about the power of destiny and the surprising paths our lives often take. Vincent and Rachel's plans and unforeseen circumstances take readers on a ride that seems familiar but changes course at the worst possible time. It is a heart-warming view of the NY Jewish and Italian-American cultures in the early 60's and will spark nostalgic memories of those years.
For young adult readers, ACROSS 7th STREET takes them into the world of their parents or grandparents with a love story that evolved during simpler times. Yet emotions of the heart are the same no matter what generation we come from.
When the original Gil Hodges: The Quiet Man was first released as a hardcover edition, it was rated among the top five sports books of the year by USA Today newspaper and received outstanding reviews.
This new release is a Special Commemorative Edition that includes never before revealed controversial and confidential information about the struggle to get Gil Hodges his rightful and deserved place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Inside accounts of the covert BHOF politics and the men who voted against Gil tell the real truth of this injustice. This newly revised book has a detailed introduction about Gil’s HOF votes, hundreds of additional pictures of his life on and off the field and more extensive interviews with the people who knew him best – his teammates, opponents, the players he managed, friends and family.
Gil Hodges was one of the most beloved and respected men in the history of our National Pastime. As a member of the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s, and manager of the “Miracle Mets” in 1969, Gil became the idol of millions, not only because of his accomplishments on the field, but also because of his character, dignity, courage and humility.
Gil’s widow, Mrs. Joan Hodges said "The original Gil Hodges: The Quiet Man was the best book ever written about Gil. This new edition is even better. If you want to know who he truly was as a man, a player, manager, friend, husband and father, this is the only book you need to read.” With the Forward of this book written by Pee Wee Reese, the following is his quote.“This Tribute To Gil Is Long Overdue. It’s Only Fitting That His Story Be Told By The People Who Loved, Admired And Respected Him.”-- Pee Wee Reese
THE SIXTH FAMILY is the story of Frankie Russo’s crew – Tony, Vinny, Jakey, Bruno and Fat Donnie, all in their mid-twenties and hungry to be Made men and mobsters. If they carry out their orders and keep their mouths shut, they might rise in rank to La Cosa Nostra.
Brooklyn Mob captain, Carlo Vitelli expects his Made Men like Frankie Russo to give out the jobs and make sure his crew doesn’t screw up. Unfortunately, the guys don’t always get things right, but their blunders and attempts not to piss off Frankie causes amusing chaos. Tony, Vinny, Jakey, Bruno and Fat Donnie do their hits, plan their robberies and even kidnap a soap opera star. Crew member Vinny narrates the book with snappy dialogue.
Carlo needs to stay off the radar of the FBI so he’s got to trust Frankie and his crew will be loyal. However, Carmella Balducci, a prosecutor in the U.S Attorney’s Office, is determined to destroy the mob's big boss and Carlo Vitelli. She has an informant from ‘inside the family’ that will help get her recognition for bringing down these powerful criminals. A violent web of deceit and revenge is graphically told in a way that will have you laughing at the edge of your seat. Touching moments within this gritty story endear us to these tarnished men.
As an accomplished filmmaker and author, Amoruso's engaging style creates realistic characters, just like the guys from the “old neighborhood” in Brooklyn where he grew up. As a kid, Amoruso would deliver sealed brown paper bags to a bookie filled with betting slips from the wise guys at the local “social club.” They would tip him a few bucks and on occasion, bring him inside the club for a cold soda. Even as a kid, he watched and absorbed everything about these unique men - the way they spoke, dressed and acted - and it all comes out in THE SIXTH FAMILY.
Johnny's bus trip down South is very confusing to him. Segregation and enforced rules that were different for Whites and Negroes were foreign to a Brooklyn boy like Johnny. The natural beauty of the small towns he passed through were filled with the racism that permeated the South for almost two centuries.
The Monroe City Blues team's catcher, Lyle Agee, is the first black player in the history of the Southern Baseball Conference. He and Johnny become close friends, which make them and their teammates the target of the white supremacist group in town, who will stop at nothing to preserve the “Southern way of life.”
The coach of the Blues team is Henry “Dobie” Carey, a 70-year old ex-minor league baseball pitcher. Dobie becomes a mentor and father figure to Johnny, Lyle and their teammates on The Monroe City Blues. They all must stand up to Bryce Bodine, the son of the town's wealthiest man and the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in Monroe City. Bodine and his friends use intimidation, threats and even violence to show their bigotry. Dobie, by his example and words, help Johnny and Lyle deal with the harsh realities they will face in life. He not only coaches them about baseball, he also teaches them about becoming good men.
While in Monroe City, Johnny can’t help but fall in love with Emily James, who works at the local luncheonette. As the daughter of a career Air Force officer, Emily has lived in many places around the world, but has never met anyone with as big of a heart as Johnny, or as she calls him “Johnny Angel.”
Set against our National Pastime of baseball during the 1960’s; an extraordinarily volatile period in modern American history, Monroe City Blues is a tale of friendship, love, loss, loyalty and tolerance. Most of all, it's about never giving up on your dreams.