By Linda Ann Rentschler
Published: September 12, 2010.
Gina Pioricci is growing up fat, holy, and smart, and feels more like she's living in Italy than America. As she tries to lose weight, her next-door neighbor uses her diet as comedy material, her uncles make bets against her, and her parents keep her in the kitchen preparing food. Her family is certain she will become a nun, but she wants to do more with her life than pray for lottery numbers.