American Gypsy

American Gypsy Author Oksana Marafioti
ISBN-10 9781429945264
Year 2012-07-03
Pages 384
Language en
Publisher FSG Originals
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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.

Gypsy

Gypsy Author Gypsy Rose Lee
ISBN-10 1883319951
Year 1999
Pages 353
Language en
Publisher Frog Books
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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
Year 1986-07-01
Pages 330
Language en
Publisher Waveland Press
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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.

Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone Author Patti LuPone
ISBN-10 9780307460745
Year 2011-11
Pages 324
Language en
Publisher Three Rivers Press
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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.

Gypsy Boy

Gypsy Boy Author Mikey Walsh
ISBN-10 9781848945159
Year 2009-07-23
Pages 300
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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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.

Lola s Luck

Lola s Luck Author Carol Miller
ISBN-10 9781934848005
Year 2008-10-17
Pages 225
Language en
Publisher Gemma
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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.

American Rose

American Rose Author Karen Abbott
ISBN-10 9780812978513
Year 2012-03
Pages 422
Language en
Publisher Random House Incorporated
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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.

Mama Rose s Turn

Mama Rose s Turn Author Carolyn Quinn
ISBN-10 9781617038549
Year 2013-10-11
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher Univ. Press of Mississippi
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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.

Original Story by

Original Story by Author Arthur Laurents
ISBN-10 1557834679
Year 2001
Pages 436
Language en
Publisher Hal Leonard Corporation
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The director, screenwriter, and playwright provides a look into his world, introducing the wide array of stars he has met over the years and revealing the hardship and joy that comes with a life in show business.

Bury Me Standing

Bury Me Standing Author Isabel Fonseca
ISBN-10 9781446419427
Year 2011-01-31
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Random House
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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 Boy on the Run

Gypsy Boy on the Run Author Mikey Walsh
ISBN-10 9781444720235
Year 2011-07-07
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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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.

Scam

Scam Author Don Wright
ISBN-10 0937877182
Year 1996
Pages 488
Language en
Publisher Cottage Publications (UK)
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This focuses on one family of Irish traveller con artists and, in the process, explores and details the full range of the ethic clans, uncovering America's most secret crime families in a true store of swindles, betrayal and murder. The book even provides intimate details about the travellers' secret lifestyles while it outlines their wide range of scams against Americans. Movie rights to the book were sold to Disney Studios, but no movie has yet been produced.

The Church of Cheese

The Church of Cheese Author Carol Miller
ISBN-10 9781934848456
Year 2009-12-01
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Gemma
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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.

A Field Full of Butterflies

A Field Full of Butterflies Author Rosemary Penfold
ISBN-10 9781409122784
Year 2011-04-14
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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Gypsy tales from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author... Rosemary Penfold was born in 1938 in a traditional Gypsy wagon, and grew up in the fields of the English countryside. In this beautiful and evocative memoir, she recounts her life within a loving extended family and small but close-knit community. From early memories of her father bringing home oranges during the war, to the simple beauty of a field full of butterflies on a hot summer's day, Rosemary's stunningly elegant narrative captures the love and losses, hopes and struggles, traditions and prejudices that bound her to her family and helped her adapt to a fast-changing world. Rosemary's story is a moving testament to a forgotten world and a rapidly disappearing way of life.

King of the Gypsies

King of the Gypsies Author Bartley Gorman
ISBN-10 0953084760
Year 2002
Pages 283
Language en
Publisher Milo Books
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Wherever hard men meet, they speak of Bartley Gorman. As renowned in the shadowy world of illegal fighting as Muhammad Ali in boxing, he reigned for twenty years as the bareknuckle champion of Great Britain. He challenged infamous London hard men Lenny McLean and Roy Shaw - neither accepted - and beat all comers in brutal contests up and down the country. Gorman, now 56 and retired, lifts the lid on a dark but fascinating underworld, revealing for the first time the top fighting men of today with many never-before-seen photographs. Essential.