Vertigo: A Memoir The Cross-Cultural Memoir Series

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The Feminist Press at CUNY #ad - Born to immigrant parents during world War II and coming of age during the 1950s, DeSalvo finds herself rebelling against a script written by parental and societal expectations. Hoboken was not a place where girls were encouraged to develop their minds, or their independent spirits, wonderful Italian pastry, and sidewalk roller-skating contests, where the family moves when Louise is seven, and not suburban Ridgefield, yet it is that tenement-dotted city with its pulse and energy, that claims Louise’s heart.

Written with an honesty that is as rare as it is unsettling, Vertigo also speaks to broader truths about the impact of ethnicity, class, and gender in American life. At times humorous and often brutally candid, desalvo also delves through the more recent conflicts posed by marriage, motherhood, and the crisis that started her on the path of her life's work: becoming a writer in order to excavate the meaning of her life and community.

Vertigo: A Memoir The Cross-Cultural Memoir Series #ad - In vertigo, where mothers and children had an unaccustomed say in the running of their lives while men were off defending their country, Louise DeSalvo paints a striking picture of the easy freedom of the husband and fatherless world of working-class Hoboken, the neighborhood of her early childhood, New Jersey, but were jolted back into submission when World War II ended.

Used book in Good Condition. In her revealing family memoir, desalvo sifts through painful memories to give voice to all that remained unspoken and unresolved in her life: a mother's psychotic depression, a father's rage and violent rigidity, a sister's early depression and eventual suicide, and emerging memories of childhood incest.

. Offering inspiration and a healthy dose of subversion, this personal story of a writer’s life is also a study of the alchemy between lived experience and creativity, and the life-transforming possibilities of this process.

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Christ in Concrete Signet Classics

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Signet #ad - An uncompromising yet beautiful portrait of the life of Italian immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 1920s, Christ in Concrete is the story of a twelve-year-old boy who must support his family after his father's untimely death.

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La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience

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Harper Perennial #ad - From the early italian adventurers who played an important role in the European expansion across the Atlantic to the political and business leaders of the 1990s, this book tells a dramatic story. The heart of the story is the mass migration that took place between 1880 and 1924, when a whole culture left its ancient roots to settle in the cities and towns of America.

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The Skin Between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty, and Belonging

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Ragusa's working-class white father, who grew up only a few streets and an entire world away in Italian East Harlem, had never seen anyone like her. Eventually, their shared care for their granddaughter forced them to overcome their prejudices. At home their families despaired at the match, while in the streets the couple faced taunting threats from a city still racially divided―but they were mesmerized by the differences between them.

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Rent parties and religious feste, pain, as they bring to life the joy, baked yams and baked ziti―Ragusa's sensuous memories are a reader's delight, and inexhaustible richness of a racially and culturally mixed heritage. A finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction.

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The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - She writes in the same supportive manner that encourages her students, using the slow writing process to help them explore the complexities of craft. In a series of conversational observations and meditations on the writing process, The Art of Slow Writing examines the benefits of writing slowly. St martin s Griffin.

The art of slow writing is the antidote to self-help books that preach the idea of fast-writing, finishing a novel a year, and quick revisions. It includes anecdotes from classic American and international writers such as John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, Virginia Woolf and D. H. Desalvo makes a case that more mature writing often develops over a longer period of time and offers tips and techniques to train the creative process in this new experience.

The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity #ad - Desalvo describes the work habits of successful writers among them, Nobel Prize laureates so that readers can use the information provided to develop their identity as writers and transform their writing lives. Desalvo advises her readers to explore their creative process on deeper levels by getting to know themselves and their stories more fully over a longer period of time.

Desalvo skillfully and gently guides writers to not only start their work, but immerse themselves fully in the process and create texts they will treasure. Lawrence as well as contemporary authors such as Michael Chabon, Junot Diaz, Ian McEwan, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Salman Rushdie.

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Cancer Vixen: A True Story Pantheon Graphic Library

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Pantheon FBA-|293052 #ad - . A lump in her breast?” that’s the question that sets this powerful, funny, and poignant graphic memoir in motion. One of time’s top ten graphic novels of the year •Slate. Com’s medical book of the year •one of the wall street journal’s five best books on living with illness •Finalist, Books for a Better Life •Finalist, National Cartoonists Society Graphic Novel of the Year “Powerful.

. These words and pictures convey humility and humanity with witty grace and heartfelt power. The miami herald “Funny, eye-opening, moving. Time st martin s Griffin. A triumph of imagination and spirit. Los angeles times “Ebullient. What happens when a shoe-crazy, wine-swilling, lipstick-obsessed, fashion-fanatic, pasta-slurping, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds .

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The Hunger Saint

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Bordighera Press #ad - The hunger saint draws from years of historical research and was informed by the oral histories of former miners still living in Sicily today. St martin s Griffin. As a series of unforeseen events soon complicate his plans, Ntoni realizes that all is not what it seems and to trust anyone might prove to be as fatal as being trapped inside of a cave-in.

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Faced with life-threatening working conditions, Ntoni must choose between escaping the mines and abandoning his family.

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Umbertina: A Novel

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The Feminist Press at CUNY #ad - Panoramic, descriptive and solidly crafted. When the book was first published in 1979, the Philadelphia Inquirer called it "an important novel for these times. Used book in Good Condition. Publishers weekly calls helen barolini's now-classic novel of immigration “an ambitious saga which spans the history and probes some of the tensions of the Italian American.

. Through a dazzling interplay of American and Italian characters in both countries, Helen Barolini delineates the major concerns of all thinking American ethnics. This is no less true today, as this republication restores Umbertina to a reading public newly attuned to the complexities of cultural inheritance and identity.

Umbertina: A Novel #ad - This multigenerational novel begins in Calabria, as Umbertina persuades her husband to emigrate. Through years of struggle on new york city’s lower east side and in a growing upstate New York town, it is Umbertina’s determination, ingenuity, and business sense that propel the family into financial success and security—leaving her daughters and granddaughters to sort out their identities as Italian Americans and as women.

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name - A Biomythography Crossing Press Feminist Series

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Crossing Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her. Great product! Zami is a fast-moving chronicle. It keeps unfolding page after page. Off our backs St martin s Griffin. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical.

Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization.

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Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives

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Beacon Press #ad - Contrary to what most self-help books claim, just writing won't help you; in fact, there's abundant evidence that the wrong kind of writing can be damaging. Desalvo shows how anyone can use writing as a way to heal the emotional and physical wounds that are an inevitable part of life. In this inspiring book, based on her twenty years of research, highly acclaimed author and teacher Louise DeSalvo reveals the healing power of writing.

Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives #ad - St martin s Griffin. Writing as a way of healing includes valuable advice and practical techniques to guide and inspire both experienced and beginning writers. Desalvo's program is based on the best available and most recent scientific studies about the efficacy of using writing as a restorative tool. Used book in Good Condition.

Great product! Beacon Press. With insight and wit, from virginia woolf to Henry Miller to Audre Lorde to Isabel Allende, she illuminates how writers, have been transformed by the writing process.

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The House of Early Sorrows: A Memoir in Essays

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Fordham University Press #ad - Beacon Press. Collectively, they constitute a story significantly different from DeSalvo’s memoirs when they first published, where the starkness of their meaning became blunted by material surrounding them. Used book in Good Condition. The house of early sorrows is a courageous exploration not only of the DeSalvo’s family life and times, but also of our own.

Each essay is driven by a complex inquiry that examines the personal, ethnic, social, familial, and historical dimensions of identity. Winner of the iasa book award!american book award winner!as the child of children of immigrants, Louise DeSalvo was at first reluctant to write about her truths. The essays also include new material to shift the ballast of an essay as her life has changed significantly through the years.

The House of Early Sorrows: A Memoir in Essays #ad - St martin s Griffin. Her abusive father, her sister’s suicide, her illness. Great product! In this stunning collection of her captivating and frank essays on her life and her italian-American culture, to reveal her true power as a memoirist: the ability to dig ever deeper for personal and political truths that illuminate what it means to be a woman, pieces that were the seeds of longer collections, Louise DeSalvo centers on her beginnings, a second-generation American, reframing and revising her acclaimed memoiristic essays, a writer, and a scholar.

Desalvo has also restored material written and then deleted―experiences she was too reticent to reveal before, in writing about her sister’s suicide, her husband’s adultery, her own sexual assault.

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