I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci
Grand Central Press - Nonfiction/Memoir
When I started reading I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti and got to the part about the author going to a therapist because she hadn't yet had sex, I thought, "Oh, no. Not another book about someone's sex life!!" I knew the boyfriends were coming and that she was going to tell all about it. Fortunately, there was never any graphic detail about her sex life and the book grabbed me like crazy at page 11. Here's the quote that caught my attention:
As Kit and I talked, we found out we had something even bigger in common: Both our fathers had died, Kit's just before his high school graduation and mine just before my college graduation. When you lose a parent at an early age, you have an instant feeling of kinship with others who've had the same experience. There's no way you can describe that sort of grief to someone who hasn't known it. You can't describe it even to yourself.
So true. I was 27 when I lost my father. I knew absolutely nobody who had lost a parent and still have plenty of friends with living parents and grandparents (I have none of either remaining). The book isn't about her father's death, but it was that paragraph that pulled me in and a touching note from her father that made me sob alligator tears and set the book aside till I could breathe, again. As Giulia mentioned, I felt an instant kinship with the author because she'd lost a father; but, I kept reading because her little witty additions to recipes often made me smile:
Serves 2 but will be eaten alone.
I would add 1 teaspoon of vanilla or a little orange zest, and you should, too, but not if you're dating Mitch Smith.
Serves the 2 of you, plus the 3 other people you wish were there to help keep the conversation going.
I've seen the capsule description "Sex in the City with recipes", here, there and everywhere. That seems fitting in a way. Really, it's just the tale of a woman who loves to cook and desires to be loved. She's successful at cooking, unlucky in love, works in the publishing industry and is a pretty good storyteller. The recipes look really good, so I'm hanging onto my copy and plan to do some cooking (or snooker the husband into it) but I'm having a drawing for 5 copies of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti. You should definitely enter, especially if you like cooking or you've had a crappy love life and don't want to feel alone or you like memoirs or you remember that miserable dating business and like reading about other folks' experiences.
I am Giulia's polar opposite (don't drink, married young, hate cooking and would have very little to confess if I was a Catholic) but I enjoyed reading her memoir. There is quite a bit of drinking, some drug use, and a lot of talk about sex. Fair warning.
If the storm doesn't hit, next up will be a brief review (I hope -- I'm working on brevity, again) of No Touch Monkey! by Ayun Halliday, but the clouds are building rapidly and Eric of WLBT (who tweets weather updates for our area) has run into work because nearly the entire WLBT viewing area is under a severe thunderstorm warning. So, if I don't get to No Touch Monkey!, next up is a sneak peek into Memory's Gate, a YA time travel by Paul McCusker. I enjoyed it and whipped through the book so fast that it didn't even make it into my sidebar. The review will follow, as soon as I can get to it.
Bookfool, who is really quite tired of storms and humidity, but these are things you get for marrying young and following your husband when he gets a job in the Deep South. Giulia might want to thank her lucky stars. I'm just saying . . .