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New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, beloved by millions of readers around the world for her humor, warmth, and captivating storytelling in the Big Stone Gap trilogy and Lucia, Lucia, takes on love, lust, tricky family dynamics, and home decorating in Rococo, the uproarious tale of a small Italian American town poised for a makeover it never expected.

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Dawn
May 12, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who read any of the Big Stone Gap books.
Recommended to Dawn by: I read all of Adriana Trigiani's books!
Adriana Trigiani is my favorite author. Even though this is not my favorite book by Adriana, it was still a very enjoyable read. Maybe it was a little bit harder for me to get into because I am used to her books having women as the main character. Still I enjoyed the quirky characters and all the references to Italian Americans. I have met Adriana in person and her vibrant attitude and humor comes through in her books. I can't wait until her next book comes out!
Jennifer
Nov 25, 2007 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: given-up-on
I've read other books by Adriana Trigiani and enjoyed her "Big Stone Gap" trilogy. I found this book too predictable, the characters more like caricatures. It was sent in the 1970's but written in 2005. It felt like the author did that more to be able to describe the bad fashion and decorating sensibilities than for any character development. Ultimately, I gave up and stopped reading because I just didn't care about what happened.
Eva
Jan 06, 2010 Eva rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book. Being of Italian descent I can easily relate to the behaviors, mannerisms, sayings and traditions covered in this book. This following excerpt from the book describes it so very accurately and beautifully: "We have a way of being as a family that is purely Italian, beginning with the food we eat and ending with the regalia of our funerals. The care we take with our recipes, the slow preparation of the food, the retelling of old stories with the same familiar punch lines, ...more
Carolyn Agosta
Jul 26, 2010 Carolyn Agosta rated it really liked it
Adriana Trigiani's "Rococo" does not evoke the 1970 I knew, but then I lived in split-level midwest suburbia, not moneyed New Jersey, and I was young (a mere babe, an infant. Practically in utero.) However, it certainly does evoke the Italian families I knew, and have had the privilege to join.

I was a bit misled by the front cover art, thinking the main character would be a woman and even a bit deceived by B's voice, so that it was a bit of a jolt to realize he was a man. Sometimes the referenc
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Alison
Jul 06, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adriana Trigiani's words + Mario Cantone's voice = perfect together in this entertaining audio book!

The year is 1970. The place is New Jersey. Enter Bartolomeo di Crespi, the interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey (OLOF for short). Affectionately known as "B", he is a middle-aged bachelor with a large, colorful Italian-American family firmly situated in South Jersey. (Those of us from North Jersey understand my need to state this fact). B travels to London, Italy and New York City
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Sheila DeChantal
Jun 07, 2011 Sheila DeChantal rated it really liked it
There is no secret that I adore Adriana Trigiani. She is an amazing woman, writer, and author. I have been lucky enough to spend time with her and this is where I stumbled on to this treasure of audio. Adriana is an amazing story-teller.... not only in her books, but in everyday life. Recently at a lunch in New York, Adriana shared stories about her books and about her good friend Mario recording Rococo. (You may recognize Mario from the Sex In The City movie).

When I left that luncheon I knew I
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Gloria Bernal
Nov 08, 2011 Gloria Bernal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved this! Just the first few chapters draw you into the setting. You want to be sitting next to this guy on that porch looking at the sunrise and anticipating what's next. Well written, character driven novel about a male interior designer - not gay :) but delightful, who lives in a small Italian-based town, and wants to renovate the local Cathedral. All of the characters are wonderful. I hated for it to end. I love interior design and travel, so I loved him going to Europe and studying the wo ...more
Kelli
Jun 25, 2010 Kelli rated it it was ok
I know, I know. I said in my In My Mailbox post last week that I was going to save Rococo for later, since I've been reading a lot of Adriana Trigiani lately and I want to make her books last. But, I have no self-control. That is why I read compulsively! I just couldn't return Rococo to the library without reading it.

I love all things Adriana Trigiani so I was shocked that I didn't like Rococo more than I did. I had a hard time getting into the book---it wasn't until I was about halfway through
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Sarah
Apr 07, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Just before leaving on my most recent car trip I couldn't help but grab an Adriana Trigiani audiobook when it crossed my path. Normally I avoid abridged audiobooks like the plague, but I didn't notice this was abridged until after I started it, so I figured I might as well finish it. I have to say that this is easily my least favorite Trigiani book, and I hate to admit that may only be because it is different. While there are still plenty of Italian Americans in a small town setting, this story ...more
Katie
My feelings about this book were perfectly quoted by Dawn: "Adriana Trigiani is my favorite author. Even though this is not my favorite book by Adriana, it was still a very enjoyable read. Maybe it was a little bit harder for me to get into because I am used to her books having women as the main character." I perhaps said these exact words to my husband as I was reading the novel! I don't understand that if the main character is a male why there is a female in high heels pictured on the front co ...more
Mark
Dec 07, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not as riveting as the Big Stone Gap trilogy, but another fine effort by Ms Trigiani. Bartolomeo, known as B to family and friends, is a heterosexual interior decorator, living and working on the New Jersey Shore in 1970. The interaction with his extended family and many friends provide lots of laughs as B gets his fondest wish and then experiences creative brain freeze. The dialogue is hilarious at times and the evocation of miriad relatives almost makes it necessary to keep notes to keep them ...more
Francine
Nov 20, 2009 Francine rated it really liked it
I am about 3/4 of the way through this one. I have read some of the author's other books...all just wonderfully entertaining. This one is more of the same...dessert for your soul. Trigiani gives a wonderful idea of what the Italian-American experience was in the middle of the last century. Having grown up in a similar situation, I find myself laughing and thinking of my own Italian-American childhood! Go find her books if you need to relax and laugh! Despite the "lightness" of this novel, there ...more
Amara
Mar 06, 2014 Amara rated it liked it
*spoiler kinda* 2 1/2? If it weren't for the interview with the author, I wouldn't have known what she was trying to put across with her main character: that the artist needs solitude and space to create, his family intruded on that, he lived alone for that reason? I kept waiting for him to click with someone that seemed to happen then fizzle, I'd wonder if he was gay? I thought he found his inspiration to create then another artist called him on it and said he was copping out? I think she coul ...more
Christie Stratos
To put it simply, I liked this book. It had moments of tension, humor, disappointment, and straight up interior design heaven. Here and there the design descriptions were just a little too much, a little boring, but not enough to deter me from listening and not enough to make me skip forward. The characters were wonderfully varied while still being within the stereotypical Italian personalities. The time period (1970) was easy to identify even without the author stating it. There were some unusu ...more
Lizzie Made of 100% Porcelain
To start off with, I ADORE the writing style of Adriana Trigiani. To be honest I never heard of her work before, So when my fellow bookworms freaked out when I told them I was reading Rococo I felt that I was living under a rock for so long. I found out that she is the author of Lucia, Lucia, a book I wanted to read for such a long time but never got around to reading it. At the end of Rococo I was not disappointed. If anything it aroused my interest in Lucia, Lucia more.

But enough babbling, bac
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Maya
May 15, 2014 Maya rated it liked it
Listened as audiobook, narrator's voice was more distinctive (and I suspect memorable a few months hence) than the story - which was pleasant enough to listen to during routine driving, but not suspenseful or surprising, and with no particular character growth for the otherwise perfectly likeable but slightly bland protagonist. Minor characters all around him seemed to show more change than he did, and even in his primary function as re-designer of the beloved local church, it felt to me like I ...more
Priyanka
Jul 06, 2012 Priyanka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
Made me go back to one of my first loves: Cooking (particularly desserts). I have already made her Our Lady of Drown Your Sorrows cake with heavenly frosting twice... and it's as yummy as the book!
As for the decor theme, every black-on-white page is like splash of colours. Has made me keep changing the look of my cosy apartment.
Most certainly, one of my favourites.
Brown
Aug 24, 2014 Brown rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Bartolomeo di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. To date, Bartolomeo has hand-selected every chandelier, sconce, and ottoman in OLOF, so when the renovation of the local church is scheduled, he assumes there is only one man for the job.

From the dazzling shores of New Jersey to the legendary fabric houses of New York City, from the prickly purveyors of fine art in London to luscious Santa Margherita on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Bartolomeo is on a
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Rachel Rogers
May 04, 2016 Rachel Rogers rated it did not like it
Didn't get very far in this before calling it a day. Present tense which is a voice I dislike in writing. Trigiani seemed to do it better than many, but not enough to make me keep reading. The real issue here is a the large amount of Catholic and Italian familial angst and guilt involved in the story. Not being Catholic or Italian I found the characters irritating rather than endearing. I found it ironic that B, an interior designer, spends time talking about the "precious" in various decorating ...more
Cindy
Oct 20, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun! I loved the male perspective and all the quirky lovable characters and the sweet story line. It had me laughing out loud a few times!
Amanda
Dec 17, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
Not my favorite Adrianna Trigiani novel. I've enjoyed the five other books I've read of hers (loved Lucia, Lucia), but Rococo failed to interest or intrigue me. While I usually can't put down a book, I procrastinated to finish this one.
The main character is male, which threw me off early on, I had to go back a few pages to do a double take when I realized that B. was a man. (Used to her strong female
voices telling the story.)
For the first half of the book, I struggled through too-lengthy descrip
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Sharon
Feb 29, 2016 Sharon rated it it was ok
If you are into 1970s decorating, you will love this book! There were parts that were laugh-out-loud funny, other parts that were somewhat sad. Bartolomeo di Crespi is a forty-year-old single decorator, as Italian as they come, complete with kooky family and friends. He has a chance to do the once-in-a-hundred years redecorating project for his church, and then, after many ideas and sketches, realizes he is in over his head. What to do? What to do? It all comes out right in the end, however, I w ...more
Sue
Aug 24, 2015 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2015
This is set in 1970. It’s told in the first person by an Italian American called Bartolomeo, known as B to his friends and family. B is an interior designer, and he’s good. His dream for many years has been to redesign the Catholic church which he has belonged to, and loved, since he was a small child...

The interesting part of the story, to me, was B’s relationship with his extended family. I found him a likeable person, dedicated to his job. He tells the story well, with a light touch; I liked
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bookczuk
Amusing and filled with memorable characters (and some nice recipes.) Took me a little while to get into the decorating details, as I really don't know much about fabrics and furniture. I did like the details about renovating Our Lady of Fatima...and I still think the portrait was a young Aurela Mandelbaum...

One more note-- Though I tired rapidly of this author's Big Stone Gap sequels, I like her other stand alone books a lot.

From the Publisher
New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani,
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Book Concierge
Feb 17, 2016 Book Concierge rated it it was ok
Audio Book read by Stephen Hoye

Bartolomeo di Crespi is THE decorator in town, proprietor of “The House of B,” and a devout Italian-American Catholic. His dream is to renovate the Our Lady of Fatima parish church, creating an atmosphere of splendor, glory and sense of awe that will bring all the faithful closer to their God. This forms the basic plot line, but there’s a lot more going on. Trigiani has the usual cast of colorful characters, starting with B’s sister Toot (rhymes with “foot”), who i
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Jeane
Jun 24, 2013 Jeane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy, usa, england
This is probably my third book by Adriana Trigiani and I start to realize that her books are for me, pleasure books. As always, it is a good start for me if somewhere Italy comes in the story. Adriana Trigiani being an Italian American who creates her stories based on her life and that of her family, has the first basic ingredient.
Being funny, romantic and always a different story being told, is another needed ingredient.
So much always happens in her stories, while at the same time it is a simpl
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Barbara
Jul 17, 2011 Barbara rated it it was ok
Wow; a Trigiani book that I didn't LOVE!

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Even though I'm Italian and from New Jersey, I didn't really connect with the individual characters. Perhaps it was because the central character was a 40-year-old male interior decorator. There was something about him that just didn't ring true for me. (He was unlike any Italian or Ital/Amer man I have ever met!) After a while, I realized the story wasn't about him; he was just the figure who held all the other ch
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LadyCalico
Feb 18, 2010 LadyCalico rated it liked it
I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would at first. I have no interest at all in interior decorating (my house is just a wooden box that encloses my knitting supplies) so all that added fat about the decorating field just made me say, "Okay so you did your research, so please quit showing off and get on with the story," which eventually she did. In the meantime I got very good at skimming through the b-b-booooring decorating and descriptive fat and seeking-out the much more intrigu ...more
Gina Huber
Oct 26, 2012 Gina Huber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors because her style of writing is so natural; it's like talking to a good friend. Rococo is set in the 1970s and it reminds me of my childhood. There are some parts that are laugh out loud funny, especially when it comes to the relationship between the main character, Bartolomeo (an interior decorator - when they were called that!), and his sister Toot ("like Tootsie, not toot your horn"), a woman who's been divorced from her cheating husband and as a ...more
Louise
Apr 08, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I haven't rated this novel as high as I have other Trigiani novels because it didn't have the usual umph her others have had. I thought the plot line was too simple and didn't flow with her usual shimmering prose. I felt the story didn't end properly. After such a HUGE build up about renovating the Church, there was no focal point at the end where the parishoners extolled the virtues of Bartolomeo's decorating. Although I did enjoy this novel, it just wasn't as good as her previous works and I w ...more
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