American Gypsy

Filename: american-gypsy.pdf
ISBN: 9781429945264
Release Date: 2012-07-03
Number of pages: 384
Author: Oksana Marafioti
Publisher: FSG Originals

Download and read online American Gypsy in PDF and EPUB A vivid and funny memoir about growing up Gypsy and becoming American Fifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. This means touring with the family band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It means getting your hair cut in "the Lioness." It also means enduring sneering racism from every segment of Soviet society. Her father is determined that his girls lead a better, freer life. In America! Also, he wants to play guitar with B. B. King. And cure cancer with his personal magnetism. All of this he confides to the woman at the American embassy, who inexplicably allows the family entry. Soon they are living on the sketchier side of Hollywood. What little Oksana and her sister, Roxy, know of the United States they've learned from MTV, subcategory George Michael. It doesn't quite prepare them for the challenges of immigration. Why are the glamorous Kraft Singles individually wrapped? Are the little soaps in the motels really free? How do you protect your nice new boyfriend from your opinionated father, who wants you to marry decently, within the clan? In this affecting, hilarious memoir, Marafioti cracks open the secretive world of the Roma and brings the absurdities, miscommunications, and unpredictable victories of the immigrant experience to life. With unsentimentally perfect pitch, American Gypsy reveals how Marafioti adjusted to her new life in America, one slice of processed cheese at a time.


Filename: gypsy.pdf
ISBN: 1883319951
Release Date: 1999
Number of pages: 353
Author: Gypsy Rose Lee
Publisher: Frog Books

Download and read online Gypsy in PDF and EPUB This autobiography follows Gypsy Rose Lee from her childhood in vaudeville to her career as the queen of burlesque

American Rose

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ISBN: 9780679604563
Release Date: 2010-12-28
Number of pages: 448
Author: Karen Abbott
Publisher: Random House

Download and read online American Rose in PDF and EPUB NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER America was flying high in the Roaring Twenties. Then, almost overnight, the Great Depression brought it crashing down. When the dust settled, people were primed for a star who could distract them from reality. Enter Gypsy Rose Lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite stripper who possessed a gift for delivering exactly what America needed. With her superb narrative skills and eye for detail, Karen Abbott brings to life an era of ambition, glamour, struggle, and survival. Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, she vividly delves into Gypsy’s world, including her intense triangle relationship with her sister, actress June Havoc, and their formidable mother, Rose, a petite but ferocious woman who literally killed to get her daughters on the stage. Weaving in the compelling saga of the Minskys—four scrappy brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee’s brand of burlesque and transform the entertainment landscape—Karen Abbott creates a rich account of a legend whose sensational tale of tragedy and triumph embodies the American Dream.


Filename: gypsies.pdf
ISBN: 9781478610410
Release Date: 1986-07-01
Number of pages: 330
Author: Anne Sutherland
Publisher: Waveland Press

Download and read online Gypsies in PDF and EPUB The Gypsies portrayed in this book are the Vlax-speaking Rom, the largest group of Gypsies in the United States, numbering 500,000. Not officially recognized as a minority in the U.S. until 1972, Gypsies have led an almost entirely invisible existence here. Now in this fascinating workthe first complete account of American GypsiesSutherland has produced an in-depth look at the full range of everyday social life among the Rom. Separate, elusive, complex, and unique among the people of the world, Gypsies have preserved their traditional way of life. How have they avoided assimilation? What keeps them apart? How are they organized, and what do they believe? These and other important questions about these hidden Americans are addressed in Sutherlands contemporary study.

Gypsy Boy

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ISBN: 9781848945159
Release Date: 2009-07-23
Number of pages: 300
Author: Mikey Walsh
Publisher: Hachette UK

Download and read online Gypsy Boy in PDF and EPUB Mikey was born into a Romany Gypsy family. They live in a closeted community, and little is known about their way of life. After centuries of persecution Gypsies are wary of outsiders and if you choose to leave you can never come back. This is something Mikey knows only too well. Growing up, he didn’t go to school, he seldom mixed with non-Gypsies and the caravan became his world. It was a rich and unusual upbringing and Mikey grew up surrounded by a memorable cast of eccentrics, including his three-foot tall grandmother- a fierce matriarch who didn’t let her diminutive stature get in her way, and his flame-haired mother with a penchant for Dynasty, Angel Delight and electric blue mascara... But although Mikey inherited a vibrant and loyal culture his family’s legacy was bittersweet with a hidden history of violence and grief. Eventually Mikey was forced to make an agonising decision – to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere to belong.

Patti LuPone

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ISBN: 9780307460745
Release Date: 2011-11
Number of pages: 324
Author: Patti LuPone
Publisher: Three Rivers Press

Download and read online Patti LuPone in PDF and EPUB The multiple award-winning actress traces the story of her career from her junior high-school performance of the title character in Gypsy to her 2008 opening on Broadway as Louise's mother, Rose, in a candid account that also describes her personal and professional relationships. Reprint.

Lola s Luck

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ISBN: 9781934848005
Release Date: 2008-10-17
Number of pages: 225
Author: Carol Miller
Publisher: Gemma

Download and read online Lola s Luck in PDF and EPUB The author, an anthropologist, tells the story of her relationship with Lola, a gypsy, while observing and experiencing the gypsy way of life, and their struggle to maintain their culture in the modern world.

Bury Me Standing

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ISBN: 9781446419427
Release Date: 2011-01-31
Number of pages: 352
Author: Isabel Fonseca
Publisher: Random House

Download and read online Bury Me Standing in PDF and EPUB Gypsies have always intrigued and fascinated - partly because of their mysterious origins, and partly because of the romance of nomadism. But because they resist assimilation, having survived as a distinct people for over a thousand years, they have also been the victims of other people's nationalism and xenophobia. In this fascinating and timely study, Fonseca focuses particularly on the gypsies in Eastern Europe (an estimated 6 million), and their future as a distinct race within a nationalist Europe. While researching the book, Fonseca learned Romany and stayed with the gypsies, becoming deeply involved with their lives, and befriending several gypsy kings. The result is a clolourful and frank book, filled with enthusiasm and curiosity, without lapsing into piety or romanticism.

Gypsy folktales

Filename: gypsy-folktales.pdf
ISBN: UOM:39015016918149
Release Date: 1989
Number of pages: 252
Author: Diane Tong
Publisher: Harcourt

Download and read online Gypsy folktales in PDF and EPUB Tells the stories of vampires, clever tricksters, magic, witches, giants, kings, and gypsy history

The Girl Who Fell to Earth

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ISBN: 9780062098740
Release Date: 2012-11-27
Number of pages: 288
Author: Sophia Al-Maria
Publisher: Harper Collins

Download and read online The Girl Who Fell to Earth in PDF and EPUB Award-winning filmmaker and writer Sophia Al-Maria’s The Girl Who Fell to Earth is a funny and wry coming-of-age memoir about growing up in between American and Gulf Arab cultures. With poignancy and humor, Al-Maria shares the struggles of being raised by an American mother and Bedouin father while shuttling between homes in the Pacific Northwest and the Middle East. Part family saga and part personal quest, The Girl Who Fell to Earth traces Al-Maria’s journey to make a place for herself in two different worlds.

Rabbit Stew And A Penny Or Two

Filename: rabbit-stew-and-a-penny-or-two.pdf
ISBN: 9780748122882
Release Date: 2010-09-16
Number of pages: 224
Author: Maggie Smith-Bendell
Publisher: Hachette UK

Download and read online Rabbit Stew And A Penny Or Two in PDF and EPUB Born on a Somerset pea-field in 1941, the second of eight children in a Romani family, Maggie Smith-Bendell has lived through the years of greatest change in the travelling community's long history. As a child, Maggie rode and slept in a horse-drawn wagon, picked hops and flowers, and sat beside her father's campfire on ancient verges, poor but free to roam. As the twentieth century progressed, common land was fenced off and the traditional ways disappeared. Eventually Maggie married a house-dweller and tried to settle for bricks and mortar, but she never lost the restless spirit, the deep love of the land and the gift for storytelling that were her Romani inheritance. Maggie's story is one of hardship and prejudice, but also, unforgettably, it recalls the glories of the travelling life, in the absolute safety of a loyal and loving family.

Journey of Memoir

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ISBN: 9781938314278
Release Date: 2016-02-14
Number of pages: 216
Author: Linda Joy Myers
Publisher: She Writes Press

Download and read online Journey of Memoir in PDF and EPUB Journey of Memoir --The Three Stages of Memoir Writing is a workshop in a book. Guiding you from your reasons to write a memoir, to how to begin, you will discover the answers to the questions you have about memoir writing. There are lessons on how to write a great scene; information on the difference between freewriting and outlining, and why you need both. Timeline and turning point exercises help you get started and create structure, and you'll learn what the narrative arc is and how to create plot in memoir. Read Journey of Memoir to find out about legal issues in memoir writing, and how to find an agent and publisher. This unique workbook gives you the tools you need to begin, develop, and complete your memoir.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

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ISBN: 9781408813164
Release Date: 2011-01-11
Number of pages: 256
Author: Amy Chua
Publisher: A&C Black

Download and read online Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in PDF and EPUB A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what Chinese parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's like inside the family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them, because I've done it... Amy Chua's daughters, Sophia and Louisa (Lulu) were polite, interesting and helpful, they were two years ahead of their classmates in maths and had exceptional musical abilities. But Sophia and Lulu were never allowed to attend a sleepover, be in a school play, choose their own extracurricular activities, get any grade less than an A, and not be the #1 student in every subject (except gym and drama). And they had to practice their instruments for hours every day, as well as in school breaks and on family holidays. The Chinese-parenting model certainly seemed to produce results. But what happens when you do not tolerate disobedience and are confronted by a screaming child who would sooner freeze outside in the cold than be forced to play the piano? In Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua relates her experiences raising her children the 'Chinese way', and how dutiful, patient Sophia flourished under the regime and how tenacious, hot-tempered Lulu rebelled. It is a story about a mother, two daughters, and two dogs. It's also about Mozart and Mendelssohn, the piano and the violin, and how they made it to Carnegie Hall. It was supposed to be a story of how Chinese parents are better at raising kids than Western ones. But instead, it's about a bitter clash of cultures, a fleeting taste of glory, and how you can be humbled by a thirteen-year-old. Witty, entertaining and provocative, this is a unique and important book that will transform your perspective of parenting forever.

Gypsy Boy on the Run

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ISBN: 9781444720235
Release Date: 2011-07-07
Number of pages: 320
Author: Mikey Walsh
Publisher: Hachette UK

Download and read online Gypsy Boy on the Run in PDF and EPUB This is the incredible story of a boy who escaped from a secret world. Mikey is a Romany Gypsy and grew up living in a caravan on sites across the UK. He adored his family and the rich and vibrant Romany culture he'd inherited. Eventually though he was forced to make a heartbreaking decision - to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere to finally belong. But Mikey quickly discovers that life in the outside world isn't all he expected. After learning his father had put a contract out on him and that he was being hunted down by gangs of thugs determined to claim their reward, Mikey realises that life will never be the same again. Brimming with unforgettable characters, this extraordinary coming-of-age story will remind you that sometimes it takes courage (and the odd Disney song) to be the person you were meant to be.

The Thrill of the Chase

Filename: the-thrill-of-the-chase.pdf
ISBN: 0967091780
Release Date: 2010-01-01
Number of pages: 147
Author: Forrest Fenn
Publisher: One Horse Land & Cattle Limited Company

Download and read online The Thrill of the Chase in PDF and EPUB This book is the remarkable true story of Forrest Fenn's life and of a hidden treasure, secreted somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe. The book contains clues to the treasure's location as Forrest Fenn invites readers to join in The Thrill of the Chase.