L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir

L Is for Lion An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir A s Bronx tomboy learns how to survive her brutal but humorous Italian family and all the rest that life throws her The harder you hit the pavement the higher you fly This vivid memoir speaks the

  • Title: L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir
  • Author: Annie Rachele Lanzillotto
  • ISBN: 9781438445250
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir

    A 1960s Bronx tomboy learns how to survive her brutal but humorous Italian family and all the rest that life throws her The harder you hit the pavement, the higher you fly.This vivid memoir speaks the intense truth of a Bronx tomboy whose 1960s girlhood was marked by her father s lullabies laced with his dissociative memories of combat in World War II At four years old,A 1960s Bronx tomboy learns how to survive her brutal but humorous Italian family and all the rest that life throws her The harder you hit the pavement, the higher you fly.This vivid memoir speaks the intense truth of a Bronx tomboy whose 1960s girlhood was marked by her father s lullabies laced with his dissociative memories of combat in World War II At four years old, Annie Rachele Lanzillotto bounced her Spaldeen on the stoop and watched the boys play stickball in the street inside, she hid silver teaspoons behind the heat pipes to tap calls for help while her father beat her mother At eighteen, on the edge of ambitious freedom, her studies at Brown University were halted by the growth of a massive tumor inside her chest Thus began a wild, truth seeking journey for survival, fueled by the lessons of lasagna vows, and Spaldeen ascensions.From the stoops of the Bronx to cross dressing on the streets of Egypt, from the cancer ward at Memorial Sloan Kettering to New York City s gay club scene of the 80s, this poignant and authentic story takes us from underneath the dining room table to the stoop, the sidewalk, the street, and, ultimately, out into the wide world of immigration, gay subculture, cancer treatment, mental illness, gender dynamics, drug addiction, domestic violence, and a vast array of Italian American characters With a quintessential New Yorker as narrator and guide, this journey crescendos in a reluctant return home to the timeless wisdom of a peasant, immigrant grandmother, Rosa Marsico Petruzzelli, who shows us the sweetest essence of soul If you want to know what it means to be a real human being, read Annie Lanzillotto s memoir, L Is for Lion, the title delivered to her directly in a dream from her dead father As its subtitle implies, the book is a lesbian coming of age story, but like Whitman before her, Annie is vast she contains multitudes In spite of the privation and scarcity that have always dogged her, she lives out of abundance You will love this lion as I do, and she will make you roar Jean Feraca, author of I Hear Voices A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio Annie s adventures as a Bronx born tomboy are one of a kind The writing is exuberant and lyrical the characterization masterful Told with pathos, wit, and unflagging energy If you re looking for a memoir in high definition surround sound, look no further Margaux Fragoso, author of Tiger, Tiger A Memoir Annie Lanzillotto, the bard of Bronx Italian butch, is an American original, a performance artist and cultural anthropologist whose work is unique in theme, sound, affect, and effect This memoir reveals her to be something an astonishing writer possessed of an utterly inimitable voice, a voice at once as richly soulful as her mother s lasagna and as bracingly unsentimental as her father s Marine masculinity Lanzillotto s stories bounce and stretch with the elasticity of her trusted Spaldeen, keeping us just a step ahead of the flying emotional shrapnel of an intensely lived life as we move from the mean streets of 1970s Bronx to the Ivy League, the Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer ward, the banks of the Nile, and the Italian mezzogiorno A landmark of ethnic expressivity, L Is for Lion indelibly portrays the iconic Italian American spaces of kitchen, stoop, sidewalk, and street the body as a site of humor and tragedy and, above all, the family war zone as an uncanny intermingle of poignancy and brutality John Gennari, author of Blowin Hot and Cool Jazz and Its Critics L Is for Lion is a book about a girl named Daddy who goes to Brown but never leaves the Bronx.

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    1. Audrey Kindred

      Story by story, a childhood grows through L is for Lion into the woman I met as Annie on Ave A, in the early 90's. My memoir of knowing her is it's own story, as is yours. Each step along the way, the past seeps into the present and Annie Lanzillotto's story collages itself into my understanding. Vortex portals into the past open surprisingly within a busy life of paying attention to one another. Dormant memories rise up like lava, deeply hidden in a being's mountain. Many ask for healing throug [...]

    2. Jessica

      The amazing thing about good writing is the insight into a life and soul not your own. So with Annie Lanzilloto's memoir. She described times, places, and family in exquisite detail. While I don't expect memoir to flow narratively as biography, I can't give the book 5 stars because I feel like we were missing out on why Lanzilloto decided not to pursue a career in medicine and how - if it all - she reconciles her faith and sexuality. For the reader, we experience Lanzilloto's early struggles bet [...]

    3. Denise

      Gimbels, OTB, cards, systems, smart, vigilant, violent, crazy loving fathers, resigned mamas, gas station glasses, spaldeens, butcher shops,the feeltaste of chainlink, The Partridge family, The Poseiden Adventure, foodlove, culottes, the mamaloshen even a GranmaRose.even though she was at the other end of the subway map Annie pulls at my boroughed heartstrings.

    4. Cecilia Tan

      This is a really long book, but I really enjoyed reading it interspersed with other books. The writing is fresh and arresting, the lines of thought deep and multi-layered, and the life described is compelling and interesting.

    5. Filomena Abys-Smith

      L is for Lion is a memoir that will fill the reader with a sense of appreciation for the authors ability to overcome so many challenges. Annie's memoir will grab your heart and stir your soul. The reader will journey with Annie from a young girl into womanhood. Each page takes you a step closer to understanding that life is a continuous struggle and Annie overcomes every obstacle with love and respect for others. What I enjoyed most in this memoir is Annie's Bronx Voice, I heard it loud and clea [...]

    6. Maureen Hossbacher

      Part coming-of-age tale and part survival story, Annie Lanzillato’s memoir is both heart warming and heart rending. In an authentic Bronx Italian voice she will take you on a bumpy and brutally honest ride, which is at the same time joyful and life-affirming. With every bump, Annie’s inner light seems to shimmer all the more. Read this as an instruction manuel on how to live life to the hilt and with exquisite hopefulness. In other words, read it to learn how to be fully and generously human [...]

    7. Dawn Brusco

      This a "can't put down" book about an Italian girl growing up in the Bronx and the very difficult life she endured with a positive outlook and the heart of a lion. If you spent your childhood in the Bronx you will love going back for a second look. Ms. Lanzillotto deals with serious issues in a straight forward, easy to read book. Thanks for sharing this very personal story. I loved it.

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