Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers
As devoted readers of Adriana Trigiani's New York Times bestselling novels know, this "seemingly effortless storyteller" (Boston Globe) frequently draws inspiration from her own family history, in particular from the lives of her two remarkable grandmothers, who have found their way into all Trigiani's cherished novels. In Don't Sing at the Table, this much-beloved writer...more
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My own Italian grandmother died 10 years ago, before I graduated from college, and Viola (Trigiani's paternal grandmother) sounds *just* like her. I felt like I was learning from her as I read this. But Italian or not, everyone is going to find something that resonates with them in this gem of a book. ...more
At first I had a hard time getting into the book and relating to her stories, but as I got further into the book I found a few connections. It turns out her one grandmother grew up & lived 20 minutes north of where I grew up. Both my grandmothers were at one time in their lives seamstresses just ...more
Both came from Italy to the U.S. with little education and little money, but learned from their experiences and became fountains of wisdom. They shared that wisdom with the author, in words and actio ...more
Not one of my favorite books by Trigiani. It was a little slow, but she shows a definite doversity in her writing. I'd like to see another "Big Stone Gap" book. ...more
Hope I get to meet you some day signora Trigiani! ...more
The only way you can't give this book 5 stars is if you are a soulless, heartless person with a family to take care of you.
Great stories that I will tell as many people I can. Makes me hope
Yes I took notes and you will too. Families like hers don't exist anymore. ...more
I have to admit I was a little exhausted by how much Trigiani's grandmothers worked and accomplished, but it reminded me how tireless that generation seemed to be, doing so much by hand. Despite the busyness of our lives now, we certainly have mor ...more
I've been struggling to find the words for this review for quite some time. Each time I try, I fall into this sappy sweet, personal zone of over sharing. Adriana has that effect on people! To know her is to love her, and to read her writing is to open a door to her family, where you are a welcomed guest.
DON'T SING AT THE TABLE: Life Lessons From My Grandmothers is Adriana Trigiani's first non-fiction book; although those of us who have read her works of fict ...more
The author idealizes her grandmothers, which is a normal and sweet thing to do, but many parts of the book elicited an eye-roll for me. I just felt that the n ...more
I loved that both grandmothers had a strong interest in some area of dressmaking. Viola in the heart and hard work of factory sewing, and then her own blouse-making business; and Lucy in her devotion to clients ...more