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Charming, A reader from USA

This is a very charming and heartwarming story that takes you back to the times you may have experienced or heard your ancestors speak of. I loved this book and couldn't put it down.
Innocent Heart, Laughter and Tears

Book Description

A Memoir: Innocent Heart, Laughter and Tears is a captivating account of the life of Maria Marzia Maiello, her beloved mother, Vincenza, and her loving brothers.

Born in 1920, she was raised in the small Italian town of San Nicola La Strada, in the Campania Region, twenty miles north of Naples. Maria learned early that family was the only true wealth, and hard work was at the core of life. When she wasn't roaming the flowered meadows or playing with her playmates, Maria's days were devoted to school, embroidery classes and helping feed the farm workers. Steeped in local folklore, her evenings were filled with stories of spirits and werewolves, witches and wayward saints.

At ten years of age, Maria fled her adored native Italy with her mother and brothers, to spare the children the rising tide of fascism. They left their loved ones behind to find freedom in the United States, and to fulfill Maria's fondest dream of finally meeting her father in America.

Here are Maria's treasured memories of family, friends and neighbors, and her tales of the way life once was lived in Southern Italy. They are told in her own words lovingly recorded and transcribed by her daughter, Antonia. Coupled with irreplaceable family photographs and a detailed genealogy, they form the precious legacy of a life dedicated to family, and represent a rare oral history of Italian town culture.

ISBN: 188289751X Hardcover: 160 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.83 x 8.85 x 5.82
Price: 19.95
About the Author

https://www.italiamerica.org/books/Antonia.jpgThe child of Italian immigrants, Antonia Sparano Geiser learned to appreciate her family's traditions and cultural heritage together with their reverence for education, great food, and great operatic music.  A senior account executive with a mortgage-banking firm, Geiser is a member of the Museum of Italian Culture and the American Business Women's Association.  A native of Kingston, New York, Antonia Geiser lives on Long Island with her husband and their two dogs.  She is currently at work on her next book, a collection of traditional Italian recipes

Author's web site:   http://www.innocentheart.com
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