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    • Ma Speaks Up

    • And a First-Generation Daughter Talks Back
    • By: Marianne Leone
    • Narrated by: Marianne Leone
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Marianne Leone's Ma is in many senses a larger-than-life character, one who might be capable, even from the afterlife, of shattering expectations. Born on a farm in Italy, Linda finds her way to the United States under dark circumstances, having escaped a forced marriage to a much older man, and marries a good Italian boy. She never has full command of English, especially when questioned by authorities, and when she is suddenly widowed with three young children, she has few options.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rich, beautiful, honest portrait of fierce mom<br />

    • By jellibean on 10-23-17

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Knowing Jesse

    • A Mother's Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss
    • By: Marianne Leone
    • Narrated by: Marianne Leone
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Jesse Cooper was an honor-roll student who loved to windsurf and write poetry. He also had severe cerebral palsy and was quadriplegic, unable to speak, and wracked by seizures. He died suddenly at age 17. In fiercely honest, surprisingly funny, and sometimes heartbreaking prose, Jesse's mother, Marianne Leone, chronicles her transformation by the remarkable life and untimely death of her child.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Never would have picked this title

    • By Martini on 09-25-15

    Regular price: $20.99