Don't Sing at the Table

Life Lessons from My Grandmothers

By Adriana Trigiani
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061958953, 240pp.)

Publication Date: October 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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Description

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, Lucia Spada Bonicelli (Lucy) and Yolanda Perin Trigiani (Viola). In Don't Sing at the Table, she reveals 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.

Trigiani visits the past to seek answers to the essential questions that define the challenges women face today at work and at home. Don't Sing at the Table is a primer, grandmother to granddaughter, filled with everyday wisdom and life lessons handed down with care and built to last.




About the Author

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. The author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap series, Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; andRococo, she has also written the best-selling memoir Don't Sing at the Table as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. Her books have been published in 36 countries around the world. She has written and will direct the big screen version of her first novel, Big Stone Gap. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.




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CONVERSATION STARTERS

  1. Adriana wrote that she was able to write Don’t Sing at the Table because her grandmothers “never threw anything away—clothing, bank records, contracts, wills, newspaper clippings, photographs.”   What did your grandmothers pass down to you?  What can those items tell you about the way they lived their lives?




Praise For Don't Sing at the Table

“Best-selling author Trigiani (Very Valentine) presents a loving paean to her Italian grandmothers... there is much warmth in these remembrances that will resonate with readers who enjoyed strong relationships with their own grandparents and know the value they can bring to our lives.”
-Library Journal

“[C]harming… comforting lessons for readers seeking a simpler way of life.”
-Kirkus

“Soothingly and with clarity…. Readers will find her strength and optimism helpful, and her legions of loyal fans will enjoy learning more about the women who influenced, inspired, and, according to Trigiani, made possible some of her best-selling fiction.”
-Booklist

“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.”
-Publishers Weekly

“One of the reigning queens of women’s fiction.”
-USA Today

“Delightful, energetic. . . . Trigiani is a seemingly effortless storyteller.”
-Boston Globe

“Trigiani has certainly not lost her ability to breathe life into everything she writes.”
-Roanoke Times

“Well crafted work with sometime lyrical, sometimes flat-out-funny writing.”
-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Adriana Trigiani listens to her readers, then gives them what they want. ”
-Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Dazzling.”
-USA Today

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