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From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

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They were already redoing adulthood in their formative years, already parents, already having experienced lost dreams.

She looked up, took one glance at me, and sprang from behind her station at the end of the dessert bar.Review: Actress Tembi Locke’s memoir had been on my radar for awhile, and I’m excited to report that it did not disappoint. His father has forbidden anyone in his family from attending because his son is marrying a black, non-catholic woman. I began to see that Saro was speaking directly to me, each dish an edible love letter: succulent, bold. Then, as if overcome with some sudden attack of high-minded principles, the kind my grandmother in East Texas had taught me to have, I added for emphasis, “I won’t have it any other way. It is a little heavy since it’s about grief, but it’s also so full of love and maintains a really uplifting and hopeful tone.

It is a strange story showing, mother, child and mother-in-laws way of coming to terms with grief, but it is beautiful and maybe a learning lesson for those of us who haven't yet been in such a situation. Okay, there are some “Godfather” jokes, but in the end, a Sicilian neighbor, who does not understand a syllable of English, tells her family that their daughter, Tembi, “is one of us.

In her literary debut, actor and TEDx speaker Locke offers a warm memoir of romance, wrenching loss, and healing. When we finally arrived at Massimo’s house, a Tuscan villa somewhere near Niccolò Machiavelli’s childhood home, I was fighting carsickness and nerves. What I thought this book was going to be about and what it actually was about were two entirely different things.

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