Edward and I discuss how at 70 he tried to find his birth mother. He thought she was a high school kid, who accidentally got pregnant, but once he started digging, he discovered she was much more than that.
Edward Di Gangi is the author of The Gift Best Given: A Memoir, published in May of 2020. Through three years of research, Di Gangi found that his mother had been a celebrity performer in the glamorous ice show spectaculars of the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to recounting his own story, the author details his mother's life and travels beginning with the time she left home in New York at the age of 17 to travel alone by train across the country to join a traveling ice skating troupe. Five years later and unexpectedly pregnant, she returned home, known only to her eldest sister and her sister's husband, to manage the birth and the adoption of her son.
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