American Gypsy

American Gypsy Author Oksana Marafioti
ISBN-10 9781429945264
Release 2012-07-03
Pages 384
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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.



American Gypsy

American Gypsy Author Oksana Marafioti
ISBN-10 9780374104078
Release 2012-07-03
Pages 370
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Recounts the author's early experiences as a fifteen-year-old Gypsy emigrating with her family from the Soviet Union to the United States.



Gypsy

Gypsy Author Gypsy Rose Lee
ISBN-10 1883319951
Release 1999
Pages 353
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This autobiography follows Gypsy Rose Lee from her childhood in vaudeville to her career as the queen of burlesque



Gypsies

Gypsies Author Anne Sutherland
ISBN-10 9781478610410
Release 1986-07-01
Pages 330
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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

Gypsy Boy Author Mikey Walsh
ISBN-10 9781250011978
Release 2012-02-14
Pages 288
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An Eye-Opening Memoir of Growing Up Gypsy Mikey Walsh was born into a Romany Gypsy family. They live in a secluded 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, 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 agonizing decision—to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere to belong. Gypsy Boy shows, for the first time, what life is really like among the Romany Gypsies. A surprise #1 bestseller in Great Britain, this is a one-of-a-kind memoir of a little-seen world, one both fascinating and heartbreaking.



Bury Me Standing

Bury Me Standing Author Isabel Fonseca
ISBN-10 9780307761040
Release 2011-09-14
Pages 336
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A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of a mysterious people and an essential document of a disappearing culture. Fabled, feared, romanticized, and reviled, the Gypsies—or Roma—are among the least understood people on earth. Their culture remains largely obscure, but in Isabel Fonseca they have found an eloquent witness. In Bury Me Standing, alongside unforgettable portraits of individuals—the poet, the politician, the child prostitute—Fonseca offers sharp insights into the humor, language, wisdom, and taboos of the Roma. She traces their exodus out of India 1,000 years ago and their astonishing history of persecution: enslaved by the princes of medieval Romania; massacred by the Nazis; forcibly assimilated by the communist regimes; evicted from their settlements in Eastern Europe, and most recently, in Western Europe as well. Whether as handy scapegoats or figments of the romantic imagination, the Gypsies have always been with us—but never before have they been brought so vividly to life. Includes fifty black and white photos.



Lola s Luck

Lola s Luck Author Carol Miller
ISBN-10 9781934848609
Release 2008-10-17
Pages 240
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A wild and bittersweet adventure into a world none but Machvaia Gypsies know - Susan Sarandon Gypsies in America are hidden. With estimates between fifty thousand and over a million, the Gypsy population is as mysterious as their ways, and vast amounts of misinformation swirl around them. Lola's Luck peers behind the curtain, past the paisley walls and twinkling lights to find an "expert advisor on love, business and marriage." Lola's Luck introduces a remarkable woman who drew a young anthropologist into her colorful society, changing her life. A true story of luck, kinship, love and an entire world hidden from view, Lola's Luck is a stunning personal memoir of life among the Gypsies of America. Here is a fresh response to the stereotypes that surround a traditional culture trying to keep itself alive in the face of American values. In the end, it is Lola's story-"the story of the world!"-that is riveting. Hand on hip, heart as big as the widest space, a Gypsy, yes, and a Queen.



Mama Rose s Turn

Mama Rose s Turn Author Carolyn Quinn
ISBN-10 9781617038532
Release 2013-10-17
Pages 311
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Hers is the show business saga you think you already know--but you ain't seen nothin' yet. Rose Thompson Hovick, mother of June Havoc and Gypsy Rose Lee, went down in theatrical history as "The Stage Mother from Hell" after her immortalization on Broadway in Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Yet the musical was 75 percent fictionalized by playwright Arthur Laurents and condensed for the stage. Rose's full story is even more striking. Born fearless on the North Dakota prairie in 1891, Rose Thompson had a kind father and a gallivanting mother who sold lacy finery to prostitutes. She became an unhappy teenage bride whose marriage yielded two entrancing daughters, Louise and June. When June was discovered to be a child prodigy in ballet, capable of dancing en pointe by the age of three, Rose, without benefit of any theatrical training, set out to create onstage opportunities for her magical baby girl--and succeeded. Rose followed her own star and created two more in dramatic and colorful style: "Baby June" became a child headliner in vaudeville, and Louise grew up to be the well-known burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. The rest of Mama Rose's remarkable story included love affairs with both men and women, the operation of a "lesbian pick-up joint" where she sold homemade bathtub gin, wild attempts to extort money from Gypsy and June, two stints as a chicken farmer, and three allegations of cold-blooded murder--all of which was deemed unfit for the script of Gypsy. Here, at last, is the rollicking, wild saga that never made it to the stage.



American Rose

American Rose Author Karen Abbott
ISBN-10 9780812978513
Release 2012-03
Pages 422
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Chronicles the life of the controversial striptease entertainer to reveal her intelligence, representation of American values, and achievements against a backdrop of the vaudeville and burlesque circuits.



Shared Sorrows

Shared Sorrows Author Toby Sonneman
ISBN-10 9781909291263
Release 2002-10-01
Pages 296
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On the morning after Kristallnacht, Toby Sonneman’s father walked through broken glass to apply for the visa that saved him from the fate of so many during the Third Reich. In examining her own family history, the author discovered the similarities between the fate of the Jews and the Gypsies in the Holocaust, both peoples selected on racial grounds for extermination by the Nazis. She traveled with an American Gypsy survivor to Munich, where she stayed with the formidable Rosa Mettbach. This is the story of Rosa and other members of an extended family who survived the Holocaust. Shared Sorrows tells the story of a Gypsy family against the backdrop of a Jewish one, detailing and examining their shared sufferings under the Nazis. My father brought a spool of thread with him from Germany when he came to America in 1939. And another spool of thread, one in my imagination, unwinds slowly and unpredictably, sometimes fraying or tangling. It's a thin and delicate thread that leads me to the Gypsies, to the family that I meet in Germany, the country of so many tangled memories and emotions. And as I talk to them and I listen, following the threads of their stories backwards in time to the 1930s and 40s and before, their memories start to become mine as well.



The G String Murders

The G String Murders Author Gypsy Rose Lee
ISBN-10 9781558617612
Release 2012-08-10
Pages 240
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A mystery set in the underworld of burlesque theater, The G-String Murders was penned in 1941 by the legendary queen of the stripteasers—the witty and wisecracking Gypsy Rose Lee. Narrating a twisted tale of a backstage double murder, Lee provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of burlesque, richly populated by the likes of strippers Lolita LaVerne and Gee Gee Graham, comic Biff Brannigan and Siggy the g-string salesman. This is a world where women struggle to earn a living performing bumps and grinds, have gangster boyfriends, sip beer between acts and pay their own way at dinner. Femmes Fatales restores to print the best of women’s writing in the classic pulp genres of the mid-20th century. From mystery to hard-boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance, these rediscovered queens of pulp offer subversive perspectives on a turbulent era. Enjoy the series: Bedelia; Bunny Lake Is Missing; By Cecile; The G-String Murders; The Girls in 3-B; Laura; The Man Who Loved His Wife; Mother Finds a Body; Now, Voyager; Return to Lesbos; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Stella Dallas; Women's Barracks.



The Grand Gypsy A Memoir

The Grand Gypsy  A Memoir Author Ottavio Gesmundo
ISBN-10 9781483448947
Release 2016-06-09
Pages 238
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What do Adolf Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi, and Ed Sullivan have in common? Ottavio Canestrelli crossed paths with each. He performed with the Krone Circus in Italy and Germany from 1922 to 1924 on the eve of Hitler's rise to power; he witnessed a rally for Mahatma Gandhi in India in 1931; and he appeared twice on the Ed Sullivan Show during the 1960s. In The Grand Gypsy, Canestrelli, with his grandson, Ottavio Gesmundo, tells the story of a man who witnessed historical events as he toured with his family through five continents and countless nations, including experiences fighting in World War I and the excavation of the Sphinx in Egypt. It shares memories of life in the circus, filled with daring feats and tragic mishaps. With over one hundred and seventy historical photographs included, this memoir chronicles a circus dynasty from the late nineteenth-century in Europe to the new millennium in the United States.



Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone Author Patti LuPone
ISBN-10 9780307460745
Release 2011-11
Pages 324
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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.



Memoirs of an American Gypsy

Memoirs of an American Gypsy Author Reece Gesumaria
ISBN-10 9781479775446
Release 2013-06-11
Pages 252
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Memoirs of an American Gypsy is a collection of stories by a young woman on an invigorating adventure through Europe. With an overstuffed backpack and over-planned future, she begins the journey of a lifetime. Her plane to return home leaves without her as her definition of home shifts. She falls deeply in love with foreign cultures, alternative communities, tongue-tingling languages, and welcoming families along the way. Plans and fears melt away to reveal the freedom that lies in the core of us all. She has emerged from tents, mansions, college dormitories, and an abandoned wheat factory to share her journey, the tips n tricks of hitchhiking, trekking the world without needing to pay for a bed. The biggest secret to gypsy survival without cash is faith in humanity. The goodness of people and the inevitable connections that form will dissolve our stereotypes, fears, and inhibitions, leaving us with trust, abundance, and a contagious joy that will help make the world a better place. Tales of urban exploration, charming castle villages, a giant community squat, breathtaking nature, gnarly music festivals, a mud war, police searches, unicorn spotting, a pirates cave, Vikings, rainbows and human-connection fill the pages of this book. Good luck holding on tight to your pre-conceived notions of the world of traveling, because this is going to be a wild ride



Don t Call Me Gypsy

Don t Call Me Gypsy Author Zeppelin T. Zeerip
ISBN-10 1542311845
Release 2017-01-13
Pages 200
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AFTER LOSING HIS FATHER to alcoholism, his family home to a fire, and his dreams to injuries, Zeppelin Zeerip found what rock bottom felt like at only nineteen. In Colorado, he began the long process of coming to terms with his circumstances and reconnecting with what fueled his passion from the beginning, the outdoors. Through a tour of the west's National Parks, strip clubs, and highways, he was able to begin anew. Don't Call Me Gypsy is a memoir of the ramen and testosterone fueled musings and adventures of a young man seeking to find himself amidst the landscape of the American West.



The Gypsies

The Gypsies Author Jan Yoors
ISBN-10 9781478610632
Release 1987-09-01
Pages 256
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At the age of twelve, Jan Yoors ran away from his cultural Belgian family to join a wandering band, a kumpania, of Gypsies. For ten years, he lived as one of them, traveled with them from country to country, shared both their pleasures and their hardshipsand came to know them as no one, no outsider, ever has. Here, in this firsthand and highly personal account of an extraordinary people, Yoors tells the real story of the Gypsies fascinating customs and their never-ending struggle to survive as free nomads in a hostile world. He vividly describes the texture of their daily life: the Gypsies as lovers, spouses, parents, healers, and mourners; their loyalties and enmities; their moral and ethical beliefs and practices; their language and culture; and the history and traditions behind their fierce pride. The exultant celebrations, the daring frontier crossings, the yearly horse fairs, the convoluted business deals in which Gypsy shrewdness combined with all the apparatus of modern technology are all brought to life in this memorable portrait of the most romanticized, yet most maligned and least-known people on earth. An insiders story, The Gypsies lifts the veil of secrecy that for so long has enshrouded this race of strangers in our midst.



The Church of Cheese

The Church of Cheese Author Carol Miller
ISBN-10 9781934848456
Release 2009-12-01
Pages 256
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A rare inside look at Roma culture, ritual and belief at its peak in the American Gypsy experience - A Disapora spread over five continents, Gypsies conjure the romance of a nomadic life, a nostalgia for a simpler time. We think of dancing Spanish Gypsies or French jazz guitarists or a Romanian king. Gypsies have yet to enter the American public consciousness, yet they have been arriving since the late sixteenth century. Columbus brought several, forcibly transported to the Colonies, and many Americans today may count, unknown, a Gypsy or two among their forebears. A legacy of misfortune and mistrust lives on in Gypsy blood, and glimpses into their lives are rare. A young anthropologist drawn in by a Gypsy matriarch had no idea her life?s work would be witness to this hidden culture and its dilution over decades of cultural adaptation. From 1966 to 2000 Carol Miller lived among the Machvaia during their Heyday. Here are her stories about creating a bounty of good luck made by good times: three-day weddings, opulent slavi (saint days), baptisms, holidays, parties, and fabulous offerings for the Dead Ones. ?The Heyday,? this particular heyday, is done, and we will not see its like again.