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Tagsmemoir (43), Italy (36), Sicily (17), women (13), mystery (13), fiction (12), friendship (7), World War II (7), Italian-American (6), Venice (6) — see all tags

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About meI can think of nothing more enjoyable than getting lost in a good book. My love of reading began as a child when I frequented the local public library and has continued to be one of my favorite pastimes. I am a retired educator and business professional and a writer by avocation. In this current chapter of my life, I am also a student, returning to the classroom to learn all the wonderful subjects that were put on the back burner while I was employed. Fortunately this interest in reading and knowledge is shared by my husband so we enjoy our golden years together! I have three adult children and two grandchildren.

About my libraryI tend to enjoy reading literary fiction and consider some of my favorite authors as my "good friends!" I also appreciate a well-written memoir, finding that we humans are not so unique after all...but share many of the same situations, emotions and longings. When I am researching subjects that I am studying, I also enjoy reading related non-fiction. I have not learned to appreciate science fiction and find I have little patience for a plot or characters that do not engage me in light literature. I still continue to get most of my books from the public library. But that does not prevent me from having stacks of books to-be-read and long wish-lists of titles to be sought out.

GroupsLos Angeles Loves Librarything, THE ANYTHING CULINARY BOOK GROUP

Favorite authorsBarbara Kingsolver (Shared favorites)


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Sorry to hear you suffered through Juliet! I really hate not finishing books, but that one got off to such an abysmal start that I really couldn't waste my time with it. Hope your next selection is more enjoyable!

I read your review of When We Were Strangers and you came to the same conclusion I did after I finished the book! I totally agree that the ending was whizz-bang! I think the first section in Italy and the Atlantic crossing were really authentic but everything in Chicago was stereo-typical.
I didn't mention it in my review because it really was not that relevant, but I'm from Chicago and the way Irma was zipping from one end of the city (North Shore to Hyde Park to downtown) was totally unrealistic. Not only would it take her all day to get from point a to point b but most immigrants really stayed within their own and nearby neighborhoods. I think the author knew what she was talking about for the first half and then just did some basic research for the second half. 50 percent of a good book...

I actually did not enjoy "Freedom". I just could not get interested in any of the characters.

I think that you live in S. Calif. Is that right? I was just there this past weekend - I went to a conference for a couple of days in Newport Beach (I work for Kaiser in the Mid-Atlantic region) and then spent a couple of days with a friend of mine in Encinitas.

I actually was born in SF and then grew up in Palo Alto. My Italian family members lived in Sonoma County. Hopefully, next year I'll be able to go there for some "hands on" geneology work. I'vve been inspired to get out the ravioli recipe - hopefully, there will be time this holiday season.
I would love to find one of those realling long rolling pins. I just have a regular one. It does work but it is arduous.
I actually downloaded the book to my Kindle. Haven't read it yet though. thanks for the YouTube video. I have one of those rolling pins with the squares. That is exactly what my grandmother used to make her ravioli.

I actually never saw her making them because she did that a few days before we came for dinner. She said it was always necessary to let the ravioli sit for a while, meaning a couple of days. She had a very cool basement, or possibly a shed, where she put them - all laid out on a floured board and covered with towels. I find that letting them dry a bit keeps them from falling apart.

On the video it was interesting to see her rolling the dough onto the pin and doing that repeat rolling motion. I'll have to try that. I gather that it stretches the dough a bit. That is one thing about my grandmother's dough receipe, the resulting dough is very elastic and stretchy.

I'm working on my geneology also. Haven't gotten very far however. The family did come from somewhere north of Genoa but no one ever spoke about the name of the town and now they are all dead. I've done a bit of searching in the records of the Mormon Church but have come up empty so far.

thanks again
Your recent book entry - "the Lost ravioli Recipes of Hoboken" - caught my eye. I will look for this book. I have my grandmother's ravioli recipe with I make occassionally (since it takes so long and requires so much kitchen space to make) - her original recipe called for brains ugh!! I don't use them but substitute sausage instead.
Thank you for your reply. I found Roland Bianchi's books while searching about Italian immigrants in San Francisco which is where my relatives came to from Genoa. My family never spoke of their past so reading his books gave me a feeling for what their experience was like. No, I had not heard about the book you suggested - will look for it. I have been to Italy before, but not to Liguria. I am hoping to go soon, if the dollar ever improves against the euro. Did you do much of your search in the internet? Are there any resources you could suggest?

I've read part of "Coppola: a pediatric surgeon in traq" but haven't finshed it yet - too many other books get in the way.
I noted that you and I are the only ones on LT who have copies of "Tunes from a Tuscan Guitar" and "the Migration of Moro" by Roland Bianchi. I found them while doing a search on the net about my Italian ancestors. Although his grandfathers came from a different area of Italy (Tuscany) than mine (Liguria), I think their experiences were the same. How did you find these books?
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Noticed you liked The Glass Castle, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a dysfunctional family and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to learn a little more about the book before you commit:


SignoraEdie -

I would like to suggest a book I think you would enjoy reading. It is "The Necklace" and is a true story of 13 women who share a diamond necklace. It is a wonderful story! I was reading a few chapters at Starbuck's and was laughing and crying. It touched my heart and I'm pretty sure it will touch yours too.

I read your review of "School of Essential Ingredients" and it was exactly how I would have described this wonderful book. I have savored every word the author has written. I'm on the last chapter but I do not want the story to end. It has captured my heart and alerted my senses to a place where I should be and where I should go.
I hope I can find more authors who can write like this.
Thank you for sharing your review.
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