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Pieces of Someday

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
At the age of forty-four, Jan Vallone is everything her Italian American parents brought her up to be—a lawyer, wife and mother who owns a vintage home and takes European vacations. But instead of feeling happy and successful, she's consumed by frustration and anxiety that threaten to shatter her marriage and have dimmed her faith. Discarding prosperity and prestige, she t ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published January 4th 2010 by Gemelli Press LLC
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Jul 18, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I'd like to start my review with this quote from the book itself:

"The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer."

That being said, I feel it is a pretty accurate description of how I felt about this book. Don't misunderstand me, I am far from illiterate, and I could fully understand the words on the pages and the sentences they formed. What I couldn't understand is why reading a memoir felt like reading a text book. Having taken a clas
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Feb 03, 2016 Morninglight Mama rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction
This was a memoir made up of more questions than answers, more seeking than finding, more wondering than storytelling. I appreciated the author's humility in openly baring her worries and fears and abundant questions about her own life experiences and those of her family members. Vallone writes with elegance and beauty, much more poetically than I would have expected from someone with a background in law! While I was somewhat confused by the bouncing-around nature of the book's chronology, I und ...more
Jan 10, 2014 Melinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Oh, Jan Vallone--you had me at Seasonal Affective Disorder!

I will admit right off that I had a very personal connection with this post. I could relate to so much of what Vallone wrote about--being stuck in the wrong career, trying to find your calling, dealing with family of origin issues, and--yes--the gray dreariness of the Pacific Northwest. When a reader encounters a book that makes such a connection, it is hard not to love it.

But what about a reader who doesn't have the same connection? Is
Michelle Kidwell
Pieces of Someday
One Woman's Search for Meaning in Lawyering, Family, Italy, Church, and a Tiny Jewish High School
Jan Vallone

In Pieces of Some Jan Vallone shares what it was like growing up with a perfectionist Father. We learn of Jan's desire to please her Father by trying yo follow the path he choose for her, but also she shows us how unsatisfied that makes her feel. It tells of how she spent years not feeling satisfied in her career as an attorney until she realizes what she real
May 05, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Pieces of Someday, the memoir of Jan Vallone, tells the story of an Italian-American woman who, after decades of striving to fulfill the wishes of her parents, comes to realize that she hasn’t yet discovered her true self.

So, at age 44, Jan leaves her law practice to teach English in a yeshiva high school — perhaps a curious career move for a Catholic lawyer, but there’s no doubt that for Jan, a whole new journey had begun. Jan’s search to balance her career and family with her own individual pu
Lisa Murray
Jul 03, 2011 Lisa Murray rated it really liked it
I think having met Jan makes this memoir even more delightful than it would have been otherwise. I already wanted to know more of her story before I picked up the book. That being said, I was profoundly moved in places. The description of her high school students was particularly vibrant. She did a great job of highlighting the simultaneous pleasure and pain of opening your heart to adolescents on a daily basis. And I finished this book wanting to know still more. Whether she tells more of her s ...more
Les Lamkin
May 02, 2010 Les Lamkin rated it it was amazing
Pieces of Someday is a beautifully-written account of fathers and daughters, teachers and students, successes and failures—the wonderful offspring of what Vallone calls her ‘dominant ponder gene.’ Holding up a defiant hand against the cynicism that has come to mark so much of America’s story, she insists that the greatest success may be measured, not in the things we accumulate, but in the lives we touch.
Jul 26, 2014 Sanjeev rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The negative tone of this book makes it a painful reading. Jan dislikes or hates every thing in her life except for being in Rome.Too much religious text, whether it fits in with the flow of the story or not. Jan Vallone teaches English writing in a Jewish school but her own writing is so poor. Has no flow at all.
Jul 09, 2010 Nita rated it it was amazing
Beautiful imagery and language in this well-told memoir of a woman trying to find herself. She struggles with marriage, career, infertility, parents, life. It's a woman's tale. I don't know what else to say. Read it.
Aug 20, 2010 Jody added it
Even at the end, I felt like the author was still seeking happiness. Hope she finds it someday.
Apr 13, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, local-books
Memoir written by a Seattle author...

On page 120- excellent book!
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Jul 21, 2010 CathyNJ Truppo rated it liked it
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Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Jan Vallone is the granddaughter of Sicilian immigrants. An insatiable life-long learner, she holds a law degree from New York University School of Law, a Masters in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She has also done graduate work at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury ...more
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“Life, it now seems, is a stained glass window composed of bits of translucence and opacity—fragments of yesterday, chips of today, pieces of someday, soldered with time. Some jewel-like and whole. Some fractured by the weather. Others fallen from their leaden frames. Only fusion and repair complete the image and allow us to make out the picture. Am I a scale, a harp, a star? A candle, anchor or heart?

And what about tomorrow?”
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