An award-winning playwright, TV writer, and documentary filmmaker, Adriana Trigiani is especially known for her bestselling novels that explore Italian-American families living and loving in America's heartland, most notably her beloved Big Stone Gap trilogy.
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|What's Cooking with Trigiani|
|It Was in the Cards|
|"When I was little, I didn’t play Old Maid, I played authors," Trigiani revealed in our exclusive interview. "They had cards with the famous authors on them -- now, granted, they didn’t look like movie stars, but I loved what they wrote and had to say. I can boil this all down to one thing: I love to tell stories -- and I love to hear them. I didn’t think there was a job in the world where I would get to do both, and now thank God, I’ve found it."|
|An Early Influence||Favorite Writers and Reads|
|Jane Eyre (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)|
Trigiani told us that Charlotte Brontë's classic novel was a big influence on her: "When I was a girl growing up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, I was in the middle of a large Italian family, but I related to the lonely orphan girl Jane, who with calm and focus, put one foot in front of the other to make a life for herself," she explains.
|Act One: An Autobiography|
"I'm a playwright, and the story of theatre legend Moss Hart’s humble start in Brooklyn and his desire to make it in show business is the best book ever written on the subject," says Trigiani of one of her favorite books, Act One. Read our interview to learn about more of her reading recommendations, including: