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General Information

Name:  Maria A. Iannotta  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1964 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Maria was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois attending the University of Illinois at Chicago for her graduate and undergraduate degrees. As a child, she grew-up attending Catholic schools located in the Northwest side of Chicago. Although well-travelled, Illinois has been and will always be called HOME. She currently reside in Park Ridge, Illinois. ''My Mamma Told Me . . . Now, I'm Telling You!'' is an inspirational book demonstrating how a woman with no formal education possessed the wisdom of a scholar despite being born and raised in a small, town called Castel San Vincenzo in Italy and moving, at the age of twenty-nine, to the windy city, Chicago, Illinois. The emphasis of the book is the importance of keeping our ancestors’ wisdom alive despite barriers of language, passing of elders, and the decrease of storytelling. Mamma taught and encouraged others through Italian proverbs that transcend cultures and generations. Life lessons learned hundreds of years ago are still applicable today!

Biographical and Professional Information

Maria received an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Marketing and International Business and completed the International Studies Program conducted in France and Belgium, ESC Le Harve-Caen Graduate Program. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree received in Economics and Psychology. She worked in the Chicago land area for large and small companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, consumer, advertising, market research and consulting. Currently, she is pursuing her dream of being an accomplished author and motivational speaker. As a first generation American born and raised in Chicago speaking English and Italian she was influenced by the city’s vast Italian-American community and sub-culture. Growing up, while attending Catholic schools, she was enrolled in Italian studies, participated in Italian holidays and events, and had many American-Italian friends. She met my husband in Chicago who coincidently has origins from the same, small town—Castel San Vincenzo, Italy. She and her husband have a son who continues the tradition of taking Italian classes in Illinois. We are active in the Chicago, Italian social groups along with many family and friends. This is her first inspirational book. She hopes to encourage others to tell stories and pass their ancestor’s wisdom to the next generation.

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Titles At Your Library

"My Mamma Told Me ... Now, I'm Telling You!" Italian Proverbs with Life Lessons; An Inspirational Book-Not Just for Italians!
ISBN: 0985921293

Crisscross Publishing. 2012

Ancient Proverbs Timeless Wisdom! Connecting old world proverbs with current life lessons is the unique approach MARIA IANNOTTA takes to inspire while keeping the wisdom of her ancestors' alive. "My Mamma Told Me...Now, I'm Telling You!" is a compilation of Italian proverbs grouped by motivation, inspiration, respect, empathy, advise, love, and humor. Each section lists eight Italian proverbs (translated in English) with the lesson learned and application for use. This small-sized, easy-to-read, 100 page, inspirational, gift book is printed in color and contains beautiful photos from Castel San Vincenzo, Italy. The book reminds us to talk and pass our wisdom to the younger generations! ( **** BACK COVER TEXT ***** The younger generations are in jeopardy of losing their ancestors' wisdom forever! Life lessons learned hundreds of years ago, still applicable today, are vanishing with the decrease of storytelling among families, the passing of elders, and the inability to understand a foreign language. This book is a gift of insight from a woman born and raised in the mountains of Central Italy. Although Mamma had no formal education, she possessed the wisdom of a scholar. She taught and encouraged others through Italian proverbs that transcend cultures and generations. This small, easy-to-read book offers big treasures by: Preserving proverbs written in English and Italian. Teaching life lessons as applicable today as years ago. Encouraging communication within families.

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