Another Good Book

A kind reader sent me this book recommendation (thank you Angela!) and I quickly ordered it after reading the reviews and received it yesterday in the mail and stayed up till 3:30 a.m. last night, which is not a good idea as it can me a bit snappy, go figure, the next day, but I couldn't help myself.  

I know I have written of my love of immigrant stories and this is one of the best ones I've read.  It is a story written by the daughter of an Italian immigrant who came over with nothing, by himself as a child (12 I believe) to make a better life for himself.  He worked himself to the bone to provide for his family over his lifetime and had just as strong of a value system as he did a work ethic.  I am grateful his daughter possesses the talent and took the time to write about his incredible life.  I am reminded once again of how lucky I am, and how I must zip it with any piddly complaints I have about little ridiculous things.  We live in laps of luxury. all of us. The loss this man experienced, the hardship, the poverty, the work he and his family put in every day is amazing and inspirational.  This book also speaks to the strength and love of family and how important those relationships are. 

I loved it.
Tonight I might need to go to bed a bit earlier than usual but it was worth it. :)


  1. I don't know if you've ever read Cheaper by the Dozen (it's nothing like the Steve Martin movie!). It's a true story of a 1920's family with 12 kids, written by 2 of the kids about their family growing up. I think you would like it!
    Also - Everyone Brave is Forgiven is also a fantastic book I've read lately. Add that to your list.
    Thanks so much for the recommendations!

    1. I agree, Cheaper By the Dozen is so fun and sweet. My mother-in-law gave me her copy from her school days and I read it and giggled and read parts to my husband and simply enjoyed it.

    2. There's a sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen called Belles on Their Toes- also a fantastic read.

    3. I had no idea! I will look it up!

  2. Thank you!!! I love these kinds of stories also!

  3. Been thinking about you hope your son is safe :/

  4. Looks fabulous!


  5. I enjoy your recommendations; I read the Booker T Washington book and it is unforgettable.

  6. If you haven't read the classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty White you may enjoy it. Also, At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier. I always find the work ethic of immigrants and settlers inspiring and motivational for myself and to encourage me to instruct my children to do more around the house.

  7. Thanks for all the recommendations!

  8. Thank you, Sarah, for this post!
    With no connection to this book, but because I know you are a believer and a hard worker, I recommend you this:
    (the subject fascinated me since I first heard about it)
    Have a nice summer further on!