Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Nov 9, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 240 pages
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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 has gathered their estimable life lessons, revealing how her grandmothers' simple values have shaped her own life, sharing the experiences, humor, and wisdom of her beloved mentors to delight readers of all ages.

Lucia Spada Bonicelli (Lucy) and Yolanda Perin Trigiani (Viola) lived through the twentieth century from beginning to end as working women who juggled careers and motherhood. From the factory line to the family table, Lucy and Viola, the very definition of modern women, cut a path for their granddaughter by demonstrating moxie and pluck in their fearless approach to life, love, and overcoming obstacles.

Lucy's and Viola's traditions and spiritual fortitude will encourage you to hold on to the values that make life rich and beautiful. Their entrepreneurial spirit will inspire you to take risks and reap the rewards. And their remarkable resilience in the face of tragedy will be a source of strength and comfort.

Trigiani visits the past to seek answers to the essential questions that define the challenges women face today at work and at home. This is a primer, grand-mother to granddaughter, filled with everyday wisdom and life lessons that are truly "tiramisu for the soul" (The Examiner), handed down with care and built to last.

Includes an excerpt from Adriana Trigian's novel The Shoemaker’s Wife.


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Review: Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers

User Review  - Maria Maniscalco - Goodreads

Listened to the audio book narrated by the author during a long solo drive. I am biased as I have enjoyed all of Trigiani's books to date and got a huge kick out of listening to her voice tell this ... Read full review

Review: Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers

User Review  - Alyne - Goodreads

I realize this book is supposed to be about lessons from her grandmothers, but it just came off as kinda preachy and a bit long winded? I feel like this could have been a nice essay, but definitely ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; and the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table, as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. She wrote the screenplay for Big Stone Gap, which she also directed. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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