Nunzilla Was My Mother: And My Stepmother Was a Witch

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-09
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Growing up in a two-parent household in the middle of the Depression was certainly no picnic, but spending it in an orphanage run by dozens of nuns was undoubtedly worse. In this vivid and haunting memoir, Terry Gelormino Silver recounts the formative years she spent in three separate Ohio orphanages and offers readers rare insight into both the good and bad of orphanage life. Here is a memoir that captures the magic of childhood, the anxiety of adolescence, and the surprises found in everyday life.

Author Biography

Terry Gelormino Silver was born in Bellaire, Ohio and received her grade school education at St. Vincent's Orphanage in Columbus. She went on to earn her high school diploma from the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans Home in Xenia, Ohio and ultimately worked for the Air Force Institute of Technology for many years. Prior to that, however, the author spent nineteen years in New York City, living in Greenwich Village for three years, where she met her husband, and Brooklyn for sixteen years. The couple had two children before the author returned to Ohio after she and her husband separated. Sadly, both her husband and children have since passed away, but the author's spirits are lightened by a beautiful granddaughter. Now retired and living in Decatur, Georgia, Terry enjoys crossword puzzles, writing poetry and short stories, and gambling. This is her first published book.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
St. Ann's Infant Asylum, Columbus, Ohiop. 3
St. Vincent's Orphanage, Columbus, Ohiop. 11
Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charityp. 17
Religious Fears and Shenanigansp. 27
Other Fears and Horrorsp. 37
The Bums of St. Vincent'sp. 42
Orphanage Petsp. 44
About Sexp. 47
Work Assignmentsp. 55
Boys vs. Girlsp. 58
Depression Cuisinep. 59
Playing the Orphan Gamep. 65
Playground Entertainmentp. 69
Visits to the Mental Hospitalp. 75
Nunzilla's Fangsp. 78
What's in a Name?p. 87
My Hero-My Fatherp. 92
Happy Days at St. Vincent'sp. 95
Getting Ready to Transferp. 102
The OS&SO Home, Zenia, Ohiop. 107
The Home Hospitalp. 113
Cottage Fifteenp. 118
Culture Shockp. 124
Comparisonsp. 131
Teenage Crushesp. 136
World War IIp. 139
The Witchp. 142
Cottage Fifteen Rebellionp. 146
The Wicked Witch Is Deadp. 152
A Year of Turmoilp. 159
Emotional Breakdownp. 165
To Hell with It Allp. 167
Postscriptp. 169
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