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  • Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Clarkson Potter; Auflage: Reprint (23. September 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1400050812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400050819
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,9 x 21,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.514.138 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“Finally, a Goomba guide for everyone that is one, knows one, or wants to be one. Steve Schirripa is a great storyteller with a touching and humorous story to tell.” -- James Gandolfini

“Before reading this book, who was I? Just another punk kid on the street trying to stay out of jail. Now I’m a rock star, an award-winning actor, and a DJ on my own radio show. Thank you, Stevie—I owe it all to you!” -- Stevie Van Zandt

“Put a gold chain on your neck, sit down on a plastic-covered couch, and then read what I think is the funniest book there is about Italians. Now have a cannoli and shut up.” -- Ray Romano

“Steve Schirripa is the best Italian writer since Maya Angelou and I’m not just saying that because he has
a gun to my head . . . okay, yes I am.” -- Chris Rock

“From one fat guy to another—and from a real goy to a real goomba—this book is hilarious!” -- Louie Anderson

“I laughed until I ate.” --Kevin James

“This book is a heartfelt celebration of Italian-American culture from a guy who really knows his macaroni. Congratulations, Steve. Salute!” -- Michael Imperioli

“Steve Schirripa’s A Goomba’s Guide to Life absolutely killed me, stuffed my body in the trunk of a Monte Carlo, and then dumped me in the river.” -- Bill Maher

From the Hardcover edition.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Steven R. Schirripa, a native of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, is in his third season on The Sopranos. He lives in Las Vegas and New York City’s Little Italy.

Consigliere Charles Fleming is a former Newsweek writer living in Los Angeles.

From the Hardcover edition.


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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Manuelita am 9. November 2003
Format: Taschenbuch
This guide shows you how to talk, walk and live like a guy from the neighborhood. It's pretty much a summary of Italian-American lifestyle with chapters like: Goomba Etiquette, Goomba Love (though there's a whole new book out on this one), Things a Goomba will never say (Robert de Niro ... now what was he in again?), Goombas on the job, Goomba Lingo, and many more. At the end of the book there are some wonderful Italian recipes any Goomba should know how to cook. But first of all it explains what a goomba is. What's the difference between a goomba and a gangster? Who's a goomba? What's the difference between a goomba and a reglular Italian?
You're not a goomba if ... you don't own a copy of The Godfather on tape or DVD, ... you don't have any Sinatra music in your home ... you drive a Japanese car, ...
This really is the ultimate book on everything you ever wanted to know about being a goomba.
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Funnier than Dante, and With Recipes, too. 5. Oktober 2003
Von louienapoli - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I'm a literary snob, and when I saw this book on the bookstore counter, I cringed. Schirripa is a terrific actor on The Sopranos, but I immediately figured this was another attempt by a level B celeb to make some extra cash with garbage masquerading as a book. But I opened it and started reading in the check out line and started laughing so hard and loud other customers started rubbernecking. The kind of laughs that bring tears to your eyes and pain to your stomach. This guy is truly funny, and all of his humor is based on truth. The book is also written with tremendous warmth, and could be subtitled "Pasta Fazool for the Goomba Soul." It's actually inspiring. And--how's this for a plus--it contains some fantastic and easy recipes. I feel like I got more than my money's worth from this book--laughs, inspiration, and some great Italian meals.
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It all makes sense now. 7. Mai 2005
Von Johnny Sideburns - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
One of the best friends I ever had was a guy from "the neighborhood" (actually Long Island) who was so obviously Italian-American (and a fair slice Colombian too, if the truth be telt) that he seemed to be a parody of his own lifestyle.

Little did I know, he wasn't a self-parody...he was simply A WORLD-CLASS GOOMBA.

I had grown up understanding this to be an insult...and under some circumstances, it is...but the truth is that those guys who live The Good Life as gangsters on TV and the movies aren't just the embodiment of some preppy screenwriter's fantasy; they are in fact living arguably the best possible life there is.

This book tells you, in some ways more certain than others, just how to live that same life, even if you've no more any Italian blood within your veins than Elvis Presley (solidly honorary Goomba status) or Genghis Khan.

It's a fascinating introduction to anyone who's ever been captivated by the lifestyle portrayed onscreen by uber-actors Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, and yes, James Gandolphini and the cast of "The Sopranos", yet was understandably hesitant about embracing the lifestyle most often showcased in their most widely-regarded films or TV shows.

In other words, you don't have to be a gangster to be a big shot. You DO have to THINK you're a big shot whether or not you actually ARE before anyone else inside the know will believe that you are or not.

My father once told me that ever since the Jazz Age, young black males have been the one group that most young white males most sought to emulate. I don't dispute that, but reading this book should certainly give most impressionable young men cause to pause; the Goomba understands life in a fashion that most anyone else will never completely grasp without serious intervention.

Ladies and gentlemen of all ethnicities, I offer "A Goomba's Guide To Life" as the best non-Biblical way to find your way through existance since the Von Hoffman Brothers' "Big Damn Book of Sheer Manliness". You never quite understand completely if the intentions are pure or parodoxic, but they are regardless entertaining; sterotypes are not embraced, but they are certainly not cast aside without all due reverance. A great read, makes me wish even more that I was from "the neighborhood".
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Buffalo Goomba Review 4. Februar 2003
Von george dolce - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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absolutely loved the book. funny, true, and an excellent celebration of the italian culture in many ways. the book could use a section depicting the characteristics and rituals of goombas from across the country (e.g. Buffalo). otherwise, the book is an exciting tale of being italian. The book also could be classified as a simple self-help book because Steve is right on about good goomba's: we treat people right, we love our family first and foremost, and we have a positive attitude. By the way my son is anthony, my daughter is gabriella, my dad was anthony and my mom was marie. mom just paased away and for her eulogy i ended it with Jerry Vale's "More". This goomba also knows what he's talking about. all the best to my fella goombas!
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A good laugh 10. Dezember 2002
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a very funny book. It accurately portrays what it's like being an Italian guy from New York. And let me tell you from experience, it's exactly as fun & funny as Schirripa describes. Another good book about an Italian guy from New York is "No One's Even Bleeding". (Also highly recommended.)
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Non è tutto vero, paisano 15. Oktober 2003
Von Dr. van der Linden - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Americans and Italians both tend to be pretty provincial people. It stands to reason, I guess, that Italian-Americans would display a degree of provincialism raised an order of magnitude. Or more. This notwithstanding, anyone reading Schirripa's view of the "goomba" culture should be warned that it's *so* damned narrow and simplistic as to blow even its entertainment value.
Like Schirripa, I'm a late-middle-aged third generation Italian-American. Like him, too, I'm of mixed blood. He's half-Italian, half-Jewish. I'm Sicilian on the paternal side, and my mother's family is an only-in-America derivation from Naples and Abruzzo. The difference seems to lie in the fact that while he's a native of New York City and thus tuned to the peculiar insanity of that malignant metropolis, my family got off the boat and headed for the farm country of South Jersey.
So let's correct just a few of the many ghodawful misapprehensions you'll get from reading this scoop of frothy pasta-pot overboil masquerading as a book.
(1) Most Italian-American men and women of our generation - and our parents' - are far more American than Italian. My father and several of my uncles spent World War II blowing holes in the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere, and only my mother's brother, Vito (who went throughout his life under the nickname "Pete"), spent any time in Italy. His opinion of the folks we left behind barely bordered on the printable, and there's been nothing much to change that overall impression in my family. We're some of the most aggressively *AMERICAN* people on the planet.
(2) Contrary to the image presented by Schirripa, the majority of Italian-Americans tend strongly to seek steady employment. We don't wear sweat suits all damn day long, we're not particularly inclined to sport gold chains and pinkie rings, and we don't hang out with mob thugs. Don't mistake Las Vegas and New York City for the real world, or confuse Brooklyn (much less the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn) with the honest-to-ghod America where most of us live and work and bring up our kids.
(3) A lot of the "Goomba" language Schirripa spouts about is simply creolized elements of the dialects - principally Sicilian - of the impoverished southern Italian provinces ("il Mezzogiorno") from which most of our ancestors emigrated. When an Italian-American drops the final "o" from "prosciutto," for example, it's because that's a fairly common pronunciation characteristic among Sicilians. Think of it as the Italian equivalent of a Texas drawl. My mom - whose milk-tongue Italian was thoroughly Abruzzesi - used to tease my dad about his "baby talk" Sicilian dialect. Schirripa and his ghostwriter miss this - and a helluva lot else besides.
(4) Not all Italian-Americans pledge allegiance to Frank Sinatra. He had a fine set of pipes, and did good work when he was jerked up short by smart producers, but his self-indulgent "Coo-Coo-Baby" crap gives anybody with any musical sense - regardless of ethnicity - a flaming case of the red ass.
I could go on, but why bother? I don't mind that Schirripa's trying to peddle a stereotype, but the reader should know before he goes into this pile of crud that it's not even a decently developed stereotype - nowhere near as funny as it could be, nowhere near as good a depiction of the intrinsic silliness of the Italian-American culture as you ought to be reading.
As for Mr. Schirripa himself.... Well, he's invited to come down and visit the Carranza Memorial any time he likes.
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