Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Bark Magazine, and Coastal Living. Her memoir, Jesse, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2010. She had a recurring role on HBO’s “The Sopranos”; as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher’s mother. She has appeared in films by David O. Russell, Larry David, John Sayles and others. She is married to actor Chris Cooper. Her memoir Ma Speaks Up (Beacon Press) is about growing up on the wrong side of the tracks with her immigrant mother, the hilarious, infuriating Ma of the title. Though Marianne’s girlhood is flooded with shame, it’s equally packed with love, great cooking, and, above all, humor. The extremely premature birth of Marianne’s beloved son, Jesse, bonds mother and daughter at last. The stories she tells will speak to anyone who has struggled with outsider status and, of course, to mothers and their blemished, cherished girls.