Old World Daughter, New World Mother

Old World Daughter, New World Mother

An Education in Love & Freedom

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Baker & Taylor
Combining lived experience with research and reporting on our contemporary work-family dilemmas, Laurino brews an unusual and affirming blend of contemporary and traditional values. No other book has attempted to discuss feminism through the prism of ethnic identity, or to merge the personal and the analytical with such a passionate and intelligent literary voice. Prizing both individual freedom and an Old World in which the dependent young and old are cherished, Laurino makes clear how much the New World offers and how much it has yet to learn.

Norton Pub
A warm, smart, and witty personal investigation of ethnicity and womanhood.
In the second-generation immigrant home where Maria Laurino grew up, “independent” was a dirty word and “sacrifice” was the ideal and reality of motherhood. But out in the world, Mary Tyler Moore was throwing her hat in the air, personifying the excitement and opportunities of the freedom loving American career woman. How, then, to reconcile one’s inner Livia Soprano—the archetypal ethnic mother—with a feminist icon?Combining lived experience with research and reporting on our contemporary work-family dilemmas, Laurino brews an unusual and affirming blend of contemporary and traditional values. No other book has attempted to discuss feminism through the prism of ethnic identity, or to merge the personal and the analytical with such a passionate and intelligent literary voice. Prizing both individual freedom and an Old World in which the dependent young and old are cherished, Laurino makes clear how much the New World offers and how much it has yet to learn.

Baker
& Taylor

A second-generation Italian American describes her efforts to reconcile the traditional, sacrifice-style of family life embodied by her mother with her own values of independence and career building, in a personal account that evaluates the experience of feminism through a prism of ethnic identity. By the author of Were You Always an Italian?

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780393057287
0393057283
Branch Call Number: 306.8743 LAURI LAURI
Characteristics: 223 pages ; 22 cm

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