Book Review: Don’t Sing at the Table – Adriana Trigiani

Title: Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers
Author: Adriana Trigiani
ISBN: 9780061958946
Pages: 224
Release Date: November 9, 2010
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

In this short book, author Adriana Trigiani introduces the reader to both of her grandmothers, Viola and Lucia, and details their lives.  She then tells the reader about the different things she’s learned from her grandmothers and how they have affected her throughout her life.

Review:

I’ve become a fan of Adriana Trigiani in recent years (reviews of Very Valentine, Brava Valentine, and Big Stone Gap), so when I heard she had a non-fiction book coming out about her grandmothers, I was intrigued.  It sounded like a fun book and I was eager to give it a try.

Don’t Sing at the Table begins with Trigiani’s outline of both her grandmothers’ lives.  She painstakingly recounts them, eager to convey to the reader the type of people both Lucia and Viola were.  Trigiani’s love for her grandmothers leaps off the page.  In each word, you can see Trigiani’s admiration, deep love, and respect for each of these women, and it makes the reader want to get to know them as well.  It’s a beautiful tribute to two women who clearly changed the author’s life for the better.

The lessons in Don’t Sing at the Table are wise ones that no mother or grandmother could argue with.  The second half of the book is devoted to these nuggets of wisdom, each with its own section explaining its origin or application.  From “There is no beauty without intelligence” to “Waste not,” these are smart and important pieces of advice that any woman would do well to follow. 

Don’t Sing at the Table is a cute little book with a lot of heart and an enveloping warmth.  Perhaps, when you are reading it, you will be reminded of the lessons you have learned from your own grandmother.  This is a book that would make a perfect gift to any women – grandmother, mother, sister, daughter.  It’s one of those that we all should have on our shelves, ready to help out at a moment’s notice.

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Comments

  1. This one looks like a winner.

  2. This one looks like a winner.

  3. I loved her Big Stone Gap trilogy, but had no idea that this book was out there. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  4. I loved her Big Stone Gap trilogy, but had no idea that this book was out there. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  5. I really enjoy Trigiani’s writing (I’m in the middle of Brava, Valentine now!) and definitely want to read this one! I grew up very close to my grandmothers and have a feeling it’ll make me cry.

  6. I really enjoy Trigiani’s writing (I’m in the middle of Brava, Valentine now!) and definitely want to read this one! I grew up very close to my grandmothers and have a feeling it’ll make me cry.

  7. I really enjoyed this one, too! It brought back a lot of memories of my own grandmothers, and reminders that I’ve promised to keep their stories for my own children.

  8. I really enjoyed this one, too! It brought back a lot of memories of my own grandmothers, and reminders that I’ve promised to keep their stories for my own children.

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