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Life Al Dente: Laughter and Love in an Italian-American Family

Cascone, Gina

ISBN 10: 074345328X / ISBN 13: 9780743453288
Published by Atria Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2003
New Condition: New Hardcover
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Title: Life Al Dente: Laughter and Love in an ...

Publisher: Atria Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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An Italian-American tomboy recounts her father's work as a lawyer to mobsters, her feelings of dislocation when her family moved up in the world, and her experiences in a prestigious but less diverse high school. By the author of Pagan Babies.


Gina Cascone's Life al Dente: Laughter and Love in an Italian-American Family is an enjoyable, emotional roller coaster of a memoir. With the kind of sensitivity you get only from someone who's lived the experiences, Cascone's story is laugh-out-loud funny, heart-wrenchingly sad, and everything in between. The first-born in a tightly knit Italian Catholic family cursed with only girls, Cascone (the author of Pagan Babies) shares sweet memories of hilarious hiccups she experienced growing up, first in an overcrowded semi-detached house in a heavily Italian enclave in New Jersey, and then as the only ethnic variation in the suburbia of the "American Dream." You don't have to have been the only anything growing up to relate--as Cascone wisely acknowledges, we've all felt that way. Teenage angst is universal, as are the growing pains we experience from birth to death. So what sets Cascone's story apart is her intelligent sense of humor and the passionate love she feels for her family. She recognizes their quirks, and treasures every one of them. And just like in life, it's easier to laugh at just about anything in retrospect. An easy read that's impossible to put down, Life al Dente is the kind of memoir that makes us all wish we were taking notes growing up. --Leora Y. Bloom

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