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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Adriana Trigiani’s gift for illuminating the profound challenges and issues defining women’s lives has propelled her novels to the top of best-seller lists and earned her a wide, devoted readership. Now, she shares the roots of those insights - the wisdom handed down to her from her unforgettable grandmothers, Lucia and Viola, which she began collecting for her own daughter - with listeners everywhere.
Filled with practical, sage advice, and infused with Trigiani’s trademark warmth, love, and humor, The Wisdom of My Grandmothers introduces a pair of feisty, intelligent, and strong forces of nature whose lives embody the story of 20th-century America itself. Between them, the extraordinary Lucia and Viola lived through the century from beginning to end, surviving immigration, young widowhood, single motherhood, four wars, and the Great Depression. Culled from their remarkable experiences, this heartfelt guide, at times hilarious and poignant, offers answers to the seminal questions in a woman’s life, from getting married to saving money, nurturing the soul to keeping calm in a crisis, raising children to finding private comfort.
Encouraging her listeners to take risks but to play it smart, to follow their hearts while keeping their heads, The Wisdom of My Grandmothers is essential for anyone who has wished they could turn to someone older and wiser to ask, “How did you do it?”
©2010 Adriana Trigiani (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
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