Spotlight: Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting and the American Dream by James Vescovi (spotlight)

9781491831489_COVER_FQA.inddEat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting and the American Dream
written by James Vescovi
published by AuthorHouse

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About the book: Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting and the American Dream is a memoir containing stories about the author’s off-the-wall grandparents in the years he and his father cared for them.The stories in Eat Now; Talk Later 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 grandparents who grew up when oxen were used for plowing, children left school after third grade to tend chickens, and ice cream was eaten only once a year at the village festival?”

This is not the usual immigrant-made-good tale. Tony and Desolina Vescovi were born on farms where life hadn’t much changed for hundreds of years. When they came to America, they passed through a time-tunnel that brought them face to face with the 20th century, and they found themselves puzzled by banking, supermarkets, college degrees, voice mail, airplane travel, and the nuclear family. They brought cash to pay hospital bills and paid $20/month for electricity because they went to bed at sunset. The tales in this collection chronicling their lives are poignant, hilarious, and bittersweet.


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James VescoviAbout the author: James Vescovi’s stories about his eccentric grandparents have appeared singly in The New York Times, Alimentum Journal: The Literature of Food, Creative Nonfiction, Newsday, Ancestry, Gazetta Italiana, and various anthologies. He is also author of The USS Essex and the Birth of the American Navy (Adams; 1999; 13,000 copies sold). His fiction and essays have been published in publications such as Midwestern Gothic, Calliope, The New York Observer, the Georgetown Review, and Natural Bridge. He teaches at high school English and lives in New York with his wife and three children.





  1. Sounds right up my alley. I love big American cookbooks, especially those that contain some history as well. Unfortunately, I have to ship them in, but thanks to a lot of indie bookshops in the US, the shipping to the UK isn’t that bad.
    Thanks for the spotlight on this, it’s definitely going on my ‘to find’ list. x

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