Carmen's Reviews > Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers

Don't Sing at the Table by Adriana Trigiani
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Jul 09, 2011

it was amazing
Read from July 09 to 18, 2011

What a lovely testament to the power and grace of a good grandmother. Full of stories and time-tested advice on love, marriage, children, family, faith, and the value of hard work, among other matters. That both grandmothers were Italian made it all the more moving for me personally, however any reader can relate to the wisdom imparted by these two strong women who faced heartache and joy with grace and humility. Grandma Lucy's thoughts on the nature of true love and intimacy are probably more useful and/or valuable than what most people may find in a modern day self-help/relationship book, and the one regret grandma Viola shares shortly before her own death actually leaves a quite beautiful and hopeful note for the book to end on. This book would make a fine Confirmation or Graduation present, and the author so lovingly depicts her two exceptional grandmothers that it is difficult not to tear up when being reminded of how time with loved ones can be so rich and precious, yet fleeting.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength ~ St. Francis de Sales

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