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Edward Di Gangi

“Edward Di Gangi is an articulate and enthusiastic presenter with a personal story of family history that will appeal to a broad audience.”


About Me

Edward Di Gangi is the author of The Gift Best Given: A Memoir, published in May of 2020. The book tells of his serendipitous journey of discovery, beginning as he approached his seventieth birthday, to discover the identity of the woman who had placed him for adoption at the time of his birth.

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.

Di Gangi speaks with enthusiasm and clarity about family secrets, reunions with previously unknown family members, dna discoveries as well as genealogy and research into family history.

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