The beloved"New York Times"-bestselling 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.The beloved"New York Times"-bestselling 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.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2010-09-13 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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