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By Oksana Marafioti

ISBN-10: 0374104077

ISBN-13: 9780374104078

A vibrant and humorous memoir approximately turning out to be up Gypsy and changing into American

Fifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. this suggests traveling with the kinfolk band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It ability getting your hair minimize in “the Lioness.” It additionally ability enduring sneering racism from each section of Soviet society. Her father is set that his ladies lead a greater, freer existence. In the US! additionally, he desires to play guitar with B. B. King. And healing melanoma along with his own magnetism. All of this he confides to the lady on the American embassy, who inexplicably permits the relations access. quickly they're dwelling at the sketchier part of Hollywood.

What little Oksana and her sister, Roxy, comprehend of the us they’ve realized from MTV, subcategory George Michael. It doesn’t particularly arrange them for the demanding situations of immigration. Why are the glamorous Kraft Singles separately wrapped? Are the little soaps within the lodges rather unfastened? How do you guard your great new boyfriend out of your opinionated father, who wishes you to marry decently, in the clan?

In this affecting, hilarious memoir, Marafioti cracks open the secretive global of the Roma and brings the absurdities, miscommunications, and unpredictable victories of the immigrant event to lifestyles. With unsentimentally excellent pitch, American Gypsy reveals how Marafioti adjusted to her new lifestyles in the US, one slice of processed cheese at a time.

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He's croakin'," blurted out a hobo. "Kin you phone a doctor t " The lamp shook in the old hag's hand. "I have no phone," she answered. The man groaned louder and louder, and the blood oozed from his mouth, and trickled down the sides of his face, and fell upon his shoulders. In another moment his frame became rigid. His eyes stared upward, like a thirst-tormented man who beholds a mirage in the desert. Then his arms stretched outward, and his jaws clamped together. There followed a racking spasm of coughing and the jaws clamped again.

Well, it makes no dif. Who the hell cares 'bout a dead hobo t" said another vagrant. C'Maybe God does," answered the old woman with a hard light in her eyes. "Maybe He does," said the man who had knocked the glass from the window, "but I'll go and tell the cops, so's they kin take him to the morgue. " Within an hour two policemen came and carried the dead vagabond to a wagon below. "He gits a free ride in the Black Mariah all to hisself," said a tramp. Then the dormitory became quiet once again.

I again thought of Boroff and his daughter Ivy. Neither Ivy nor myself had 24 BEGGARS OF LIFE reached the age of puberty though we had desire for each other. Boroff was a religious fanatic every winter and he would go to revival meetings and often take his half-crazy wife with him, leaving me with Ivy. Alone in the house, Satan would come to tempt us right near the large family Bible. While Boroff sang hosannas to his God I would lie in Ivy's arms, Ivy asked me not to tell, and I didn't, and neither did Ivy.

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