Title: Eat Now; Talk Later
Author: James Vescovi
Publish Date: May 1, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the author; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Prepare yourself for a
feast consumed in delicious bites. Stories in this collection can be
read before bed, on a lunch hour, or waiting in line. They can even be
shared with friends who complain they have enough to read. Together they
ask the question, “How do you make modern life run smoothly for parents
or grandparents who grew up when oxen were used for plowing, children
left school after third grade to tend chickens, and meat was eaten only
on religious holidays?
When Tony and Desolina Vescovi arrived in
America,they collided with the 20th century. Born around 1900, they were
stumped by telephones, banks, fast food, TV wrestling, and
supermarkets. It was up to their only child, a son, to serve as their
shepherd, and it wasn’t easy For example, how to explain that his job
was taking him and his family 700 miles away when, in their day, sons
stayed put to work the family farm? Or that it wasn’t wise to hide
$10,000 in the bedroom? Or that the ice cream they just tried and
enjoyed is called ‘Chubby Hubby’?"
My Two Cents:
Now; Talk Later" is a family memoir that James Vescovi wrote with his
beloved grandparents at the center of it. These stories are bite size
and many of them are only a few pages along. This would be a great book
to consume a little bit at a time and really savor the stories (if you
can help it and not devour it like I did). Because the stories are so
short and really good, I kept saying to myself "Just one more" and would
end up reading at least three more. No. Self. Control. If you like warm
family stories and short stories, this would be a great pick for you.
have a fascination with immigrant families. My own family has only been
in the States since the 20th century for the most part and I love
reading about families that came here with nothing and through a lot of
hard work and in this case, a lot of family support are able to do some
really wonderful things. You definitely get a sense of Vescovi's
grandparents and how brave they must have been in order to give up some
place so familiar in order to come to the States.
could tell from the cover but if you couldn't, the family at the center
of the book is Italian and that, of course, means a ton of yummy food.
The book even includes a couple family recipes at the back of the book,
which was a touch that I really enjoyed. Another special touch is the
family pictures that the author included!
And while this did not
affect my review, I have to tell you all how much I like the cover of
this book. It is really cute and definitely captures the title as well
as all of the big family meals that appear in the book. This is a great