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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dazzling.”

    USA Today

  • “Delightful, energetic…Trigiani is a seemingly effortless storyteller.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Adriana Trigiani listens to her readers, then gives them what they want.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Well-crafted work with sometime lyrical, sometimes flat-out-funny writing.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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

    Roanoke Times

  • “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

  • “Charming…comforting lessons for readers seeking a simpler way of life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Bestselling author Trigiani 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

  • “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 bestselling fiction.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Agnes | 6/23/2011

    " Adriana Trigiani writes interestingly about her relationships with both her grandmothers. I found it of interest since much of the time period corresponded with my own life and my grandmothers, one a child immigrant and one a first-generation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paulette | 6/20/2011

    " It was interesting to read about the author's grandmothers, especially since I've read some ofthe author's fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie | 5/10/2011

    " I found this book hard to get into. The book starts with sequential life events of her grandmothers, which frankly isn't really that interesting. Overall it is a good book to read on and off but I never really found a solid story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 4/23/2011

    " Reminded me of the Nonnas I grew up around in my hometown not far from Roseto. "

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