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I wanted to love this book. Sicily, food, culture, family, love.. The story was too drawn out, too much forced drama. There were parts that made me smile, other parts I rolled my eyes.
I wish I loved it. May 20, Mikala Hill rated it it was ok Shelves: book-club. In all fairness, I am not the "memoir" type. But I was rooting for this one. It started off strong Jun 14, Holly rated it really liked it Shelves: From Scratch is a beautiful story that moves through love, loss and moving on. While sad and heartbreaking, it is also a testament to love, family and community.
We meet Saro and witness a very moving romance between him and Tembi. The love they share is so strong that it overcomes thousands of miles of separation. When Saro becomes ill, their love provides strength and courage. The writing is exceptional and lyrical. The descriptions of the food and scenery are wonderful. I highly recommend Fro From Scratch is a beautiful story that moves through love, loss and moving on. I highly recommend From Scratch. Jun 05, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: hello-sunshine. The story she had to tell was compelling but it was overwritten. It seemed like her prose was trying too hard.
May 09, Marianne Fokas rated it it was amazing. I loved this book.
It appealed to me on many levels, I am of Italian heritage and my husband also died from cancer. I thought her writing was beautiful and the feelings expressed were so real and spot on when it comes to caregiving, and grief. It is also a story about healing and the love of family. And the food, Tembi had my mouth watering on so many occasions. I was so happy to see the included recipes!
I plan on trying a lot of them. Wonderful debut novel! May 07, Lisa rated it it was amazing.
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Am I the only one who sometimes actually mourns the end of a book? My own healing from loss took me to Italy a few years ago. This book spoke to me in so many aspects and touched on that journey to Italy once again. Jun 29, Robin rated it it was amazing. Amazing book. One of best memoirs I've ever read. Aug 31, Chandra rated it really liked it. A beautifully written memoir about love, family, food, and grief. Be prepared to cry a lot at certain parts! May 27, Laura rated it really liked it. A beautifully written memoir. The recollection of a love that travels from one continent to another and back again.
A must read. May 01, 2TReads rated it really liked it. This was such a wonderful, yet heartbreaking memoir. Part sweeping love story, and part grief manual. It gives us a glimpse into two parts of Tembi Locke's life; how she met and fell in love with her husband Saro and built a family, and how she was able to get through her grief when Saro passed away. It is a story of love, family, grief, forgiveness and strength, with a generous helping of food which played a main role in Tembi and Saro's relationship because he was a chef.
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A truly heartwarmin This was such a wonderful, yet heartbreaking memoir. A truly heartwarming tale of love and family. Beautifully written!! Sep 24, Sara rated it it was amazing. I really liked this one. And I love a good good story. This one checked a lot of boxes for me. Jun 06, Mary Dowsett rated it really liked it. Sad, though the story was, I enjoyed the warmth and tenderness that bonded the family together. A touching life story. Aug 11, Scilla rated it it was amazing. I am not a memoir genre reader, but this was easy and so entertaining!
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Reads as though your girlfriend is just talking to you about her life experiences! For those fans of Elena Ferrante you will feel the same old world feel while reading this memoir. May 11, Sandra rated it it was amazing Shelves: what-i-read-this-year. I listened to the audible version narrated by the author and it was beautifully peppered with gorgeous Italian language. Tembi Locke's effortless flow from English to Italian accented phrases hooked me immediately.
Her story was crafted in lyrical, romantic prose. I fell in love with every single word she told. I loved that Aliminusa, Sicily was a central character in the story.
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I felt like I was there, her descriptions of the area, the food, the taste of Italian food left me longing Exquisite! I felt like I was there, her descriptions of the area, the food, the taste of Italian food left me longing for a trip of my own.
This was so much more than a love story, this woman's amazing strength and character shone through in the humblest form. She intricately demonstrated her vulnerability, strength, boldness, courage, love, and perseverance in such a beautiful, unpretentious and modest way.
I don't know Tembi's work as an actress but she definitely has a gift at writing. I would love to read more. Her writing made me feel like she was just a friend in my living room, telling me about her life. When it was over, I wanted to sit with her and drink a glass of wine, pour over her family's photographs, hear more stories, and ask a ton of questions.
I wanted to know more about her life now, how her daughter is, does she still visit every summer, is Nonna still living? I wanted to hug her and thank her for sharing her beautiful story. Selfishly, I really wish the book had included some photographs but I looked up a youtube interview and during it, they flashed several pictures. May 17, Susan rated it it was ok Shelves: book-clubs.
I am sure writing this book was cathartic for Ms.