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

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The perfect gift—the beloved New York Timesbestselling author shares a treasure trove of insight and guidance from her two grandmothers: time-tested common sense advice on the most important aspects of a woman's life, from childhood to old age.

New York Timesbestselling 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 Tableintroduces 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.

Encouraging her readers to take risks but to play it smart, to follow their hearts while keeping their heads, Don't Sing at the Tableis essential for anyone who has wished they could turn to someone older and wiser to ask, "How did you do it?"

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"Fans of novelist Trigiani will be delighted with this guided tour through the author's family history via her grandmothers, Lucia and Viola. She lovingly details the women's lives and recounts the lessons she's learned while offering a fascinating look at U.S. history from the perspective of her Italian-American forebears. Both Lucia and Viola worked hard from an early age, cooking and cleaning among any number of chores, and parlayed their work ethic and expertise into strong careers. Viola started out as a machine operator and, later, co-owned a mill with her husband, while Lucia worked in a factory and then became a seamstress and storefront couturier. Her grandmothers also took pride in passing along wisdom to others; throughout her life, Trigiani benefited from their guidance regarding everything from marriage to money, creativity to religion. She credits them with telling good stories: 'I mimicked their work ethic imagining myself in a factory, layering words like tasks until the work was done. I took away more than life lessons from their stories; I made a career out of it.' Here, Trigiani combines family and American history, reflections on lives well-lived, and sound advice to excellent effect, as a legacy to her daughter and a remembrance of two inimitable women. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"No one ever reads just one of Trigianis wonderfully quirky tales. Once you pick up the first, you are hooked.” —BookPage

New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani shares a treasure trove of insight and guidance from her two grandmothers: time-tested, common sense advice on the most important aspects of a womans life, from childhood to the golden years. Seamlessly blending anecdote with life lesson, Dont Sing at the Table tells the two vibrant womens real-life stories—how they fell in love, nurtured their marriages, balanced raising children with being savvy businesswomen, and reinvented themselves with each new decade. For readers of Big Stone Gap, Very Valentine, Lucia, Lucia, and Rococo, this loving memoir is the Trigiani family recipe for chicken soup for the soul

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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.

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Shoemakers Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; and the bestselling memoir Dont Sing at the Table, as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. She has written the screenplay for her debut novel Big Stone Gap, which she will also direct. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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chocolateandcroissants, October 31, 2011 (view all comments by chocolateandcroissants)
Grab yourself a cup of tea. Tuck yourself into bed, under a cozy duvet and open up Don't Sing at the Table. For me this book was charming and comforting all in one. It was about the way life should be. It had the lessons I wished we could all live by every day. It made me wish for the relationship she had with her grandmothers. I also come from migrant parents. My difference is that my parents were the only ones who migrated. My grandparents were across the Atlantic. They spoke I language I did not speak. I loved my grandparents and they loved me. Seeing them on summer vacation is different from having them in your life.

Author Trigiani's Don't Sing at the Table is the story about love, relationships and her grandmother's mother's stories. Her grandmother's era is an era long past. Both her grandmothers were from Italy. They were each successful in their own way. Their lives were dramatically different. Both of these women were pillars in their society and they both had lessons to pass on to their grandchildren.

The book is divided into ten chapters: 1. Viola, 2. Lucia, 3. The Factory Store, 4. Storefront Couturier, 5. Security, 6. La Bella Figura, 7. Sex and Marriage, 8. THe Places You'll Go, 9 Children and 10. Belief. There are many lessons to be learnt from both of her grandmothers. Some of my favourites are 1. Open your home to friends. 2. Fill your home with music, love and beauty your child will remember, 3. Self-respect is the most important respect of all. 4. Eat fresh and in season. and most importantly Start each day with calm.

These are simple lessons, but lessons that will make one a more peaceful person. Trigiani's grandmother's had wisdom. Wisdom love and stamina. Their families were important to them and they made their house a home. Each grandmother has had an interesting life full of adventure and heartache. In the end it appears that each of them lived their lives to the fullest.

Trigiani was fortunate to have such strong and beautiful women in her lives as a role model. She wrote an amazing book that shares with us the lessons her grandmother's passed on to her.

Aim for sprezzatura, elegnce that is neither forced not dictated, that comes from within, effortlessly like zippy dialogue and is an extension of the person, not words for the sake of them.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061958946
Subtitle:
Life Lessons from My Grandmothers
Author:
Trigiani, Adriana
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Inspiration & Personal Growth
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Personal Transformation
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20101109
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 19.36 oz
Age Level:
Adult

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fans of novelist Trigiani will be delighted with this guided tour through the author's family history via her grandmothers, Lucia and Viola. She lovingly details the women's lives and recounts the lessons she's learned while offering a fascinating look at U.S. history from the perspective of her Italian-American forebears. Both Lucia and Viola worked hard from an early age, cooking and cleaning among any number of chores, and parlayed their work ethic and expertise into strong careers. Viola started out as a machine operator and, later, co-owned a mill with her husband, while Lucia worked in a factory and then became a seamstress and storefront couturier. Her grandmothers also took pride in passing along wisdom to others; throughout her life, Trigiani benefited from their guidance regarding everything from marriage to money, creativity to religion. She credits them with telling good stories: 'I mimicked their work ethic imagining myself in a factory, layering words like tasks until the work was done. I took away more than life lessons from their stories; I made a career out of it.' Here, Trigiani combines family and American history, reflections on lives well-lived, and sound advice to excellent effect, as a legacy to her daughter and a remembrance of two inimitable women. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , "No one ever reads just one of Trigianis wonderfully quirky tales. Once you pick up the first, you are hooked.” —BookPage

New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani shares a treasure trove of insight and guidance from her two grandmothers: time-tested, common sense advice on the most important aspects of a womans life, from childhood to the golden years. Seamlessly blending anecdote with life lesson, Dont Sing at the Table tells the two vibrant womens real-life stories—how they fell in love, nurtured their marriages, balanced raising children with being savvy businesswomen, and reinvented themselves with each new decade. For readers of Big Stone Gap, Very Valentine, Lucia, Lucia, and Rococo, this loving memoir is the Trigiani family recipe for chicken soup for the soul

"Synopsis" by , 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.

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