Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting, and the American Experience

Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting, and the American Experience

by James Vescovi


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Prepare yourself for a feast consumed in delicious bites. This collection of stories 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 in an era when oxen were used for plowing, children left school after third grade to tend chickens, and meat was eaten only twice a year?

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'?

This collection of 52 bite-size stories offers a twist on the American immigrant tale and is a testament to love, loyalty, and frequent half-truths.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491831489
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 01/06/2014
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting, and the American Experience 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
The stories are told with love and filled with interesting characters. The book is a quick read and the stories are funny and poignant. However, I feel some of them end too abruptly. I wanted the author to give a bigger glimpse of his grandparents' lives. I still found it to be a sweet tribute to this colorful couple. * I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey, wow, a very interesting and well written book on Italian immigrants surviving in the New World. My own grandparents were from Naples and made the trip over to the U.S. in the early 1920s, so this was particularly poignant for me. You don't have to be of Italian heritage to enjoy this book's filled with hilarious vignettes and stories that anyone, Pole or Scot, would enjoy. The book truly has universal appeal.  Mario Azibo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago