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By Oksana Marafioti

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

Fifteen-year-old Oksana Marafioti is a Gypsy. this implies traveling with the kin band from the Mongolian deserts to the Siberian tundra. It ability getting your hair lower in “the Lioness.” It additionally capacity enduring sneering racism from each phase of Soviet society. Her father is decided that his women lead a greater, freer lifestyles. In the US! additionally, he desires to play guitar with B. B. King. And remedy melanoma along with his own magnetism. All of this he confides to the girl on the American embassy, who inexplicably permits the kinfolk access. quickly they're residing at the sketchier part of Hollywood.

What little Oksana and her sister, Roxy, comprehend of the U.S. they’ve realized from MTV, subcategory George Michael. It doesn’t relatively arrange them for the demanding situations of immigration. Why are the glamorous Kraft Singles separately wrapped? Are the little soaps within the inns particularly loose? How do you shield 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 existence. With unsentimentally ideal 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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