Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors. I have read almost all of her books and enjoyed every one. I’m currently reading her latest in paperback, “Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from my Grandmothers.” It’s an easy read and an enjoyable little book. She had powerful grandmothers. They were business owners. They were hard workers. They were sensible and taught many lessons, through their actions.
And the lessons are still applicable to today’s world.
I’ve maybe mentioned before that I don’t care for books where people set out to experience something in order that they may write a book about it (ala The Happiness Project or Eat, Pray, Love or Julie & Julia (which I’ve never read)), but books which are a summation of what has been learned through life experiences are more interesting to me (ala The Satellite Sisters Uncommon Senses or The Girls from Ames or Don’t Sing at the Table).
Someone asked me last weekend, “Can you write?” I didn’t hesitate too long before I said, “Yes.” I have a good grasp on grammar and vocabulary, I can put ideas down in an interesting way, I enjoy blogging more and more all the time, I write a pretty good letter or year-end summary. Does that mean I can write? If I were to make a list of things that I AM, I don’t think I AM A WRITER would be in my top ten.
Not to say that I wouldn’t love to be a writer. I read a lot of blogs about books but I also read some blogs about the writing process. I am fascinated by the way authors work and think and prepare and plan. I would love to be able to write a book, and it something that I may put on a list to do. I’m not sure what kind of book – fiction or non, children’s or memoir – but it’s something that I am exploring.
What about you? If you made a list of I AMs what would you include?
Off to read!
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