Where’s Marianna? Aundi è Marianna? ….Is a book for everyone, showing a glimpse of life in an Italian immigrant household, while acknowledging the responsibilities, love and commitment an Italian mother has for her family. It’s a lesson in respect, love, and family. Even though people rely on a mother’s support, it’s important to realize that a mother needs to be seen as a person, too. It’s about learning how Italian families’ roles dictate a household while maintaining the traditions of their upbringing. Written in English and Calabrese dialect, it’s a way to connect to our Italian heritage while emphasizing the importance of dialect, a language still used in many Italian households today.