Friday, October 28, 2011
Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers...Review and Giveaway
New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani’s gift for illuminating the profound challenges and issues defining women’s lives has propelled her novels to the top of bestseller lists and earned her a wide, devoted readership. Now, she shares the roots of those insights—the wisdom handed down to her from her unforgettable grandmothers, Lucia and Viola, which she began collecting for her own daughter—with readers everywhere.
Filled with practical, sage advice, and infused with Trigiani’s trademark warmth, love, and humor, Don’t Sing at the Table introduces a pair of feisty, intelligent, and strong forces of nature whose lives embody the story of 20th-century America itself. Between them, the extraordinary Lucia and Viola lived through the century from beginning to end, surviving immigration, young widowhood, single motherhood, four wars, and the Great Depression. Culled from their remarkable experiences, this heartfelt guide, at turns hilarious and poignant, offers answers to the seminal questions in a woman’s life, from getting married to saving money, nurturing the soul to keeping calm in a crisis, raising children to finding private comfort.
This is a warm, poignant tribute to the author's grandmothers. That Adriana loved and admired her grandmothers is very apparent. The life lessons learned are relevant to us today. I have not read anything by Adriana Trigiani and wasn't familiar with her at all before I read this book and so to me, this was simply a lovely accolade to two women who lived normal, ordinary lives but who, to one woman, were exceptional. I love memoirs and family histories and this tribute was poignant and thoughtful. I have a great deal of love and respect for my grandmothers, I learned many life lessons from them and I miss them.
Many of the life lessons in this book are simply rooted in common sense, but Adriana shares stories and anecdotes that emphasize and enrich them.
I have two complaints about the book. First, for a book that is so vividly rich and descriptive, there were annoying grammatical issues. I just have a thing with verbs and tenses agreeing. Second, towards the last part of the book, the author became preachy on her views and ideas of religion and raising children. That tone really disappointed me. Overall though, this is a sweet tribute by a granddaughter to her grandmothers. The inclusion of some favorite recipes is a bonus.
Thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Adriana Trigiani here. You can purchase your own copy here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here.
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Wednesday, October 5th: Life In Review
Thursday, October 6th: Write Meg!
Tuesday, October 11th: Bookstack
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Thursday, October 13th: Book Hooked Blog
Monday, October 17th: Among Stories
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Thursday, October 20th: Laura’s Reviews
Monday, October 24th: Alison’s Book Marks
Wednesday, October 26th: The Road to Here
Thursday, October 27th: Amusing Reviews
Friday, October 28th: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews
Monday, October 31st: Redlady’s Reading Room
Tuesday, November 1st: Chocolate & Croissants
Because I enjoyed Don't Sing at the Table, thanks to the publisher, I'm offering a giveaway.
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