Why Is Everybody Yelling? by Marisabina Russo

Published on July 21, 2022

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Reviewed by Kerrin Graul

Why Is Everybody Yelling? is an autobiography laid out in a graphic novel format. In this book you find out about the author's childhood growing up in New York City. The daughter of an immigrant who escaped Europe following World War II, Marisabina was raised Catholic but her mother was born Jewish. Unfamiliar with her European father, Marisabina grows up looking up to her much older half brothers. This story plays out during the 1950s and 60s, and talks about major events at the time.

This story is about the life experiences of a Jewish immigrant, and how religion was handled following World War II. I found the stories about her family extremely fascinating, and wish I knew more about how her Aunt and Mother survived the war. Her brothers led interesting lives as well, one struggling to find himself, another smart and set to succeed. I will say I found myself more fascinated by the lives of her family and less by the story of her childhood. She spends a lot of time talking about her religious experience and how she was raised Catholic but her Jewish family refused to accept that. An interesting story overall, but I believe the most fascinating part was the side stories mentioned about her family.


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