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BookBook Club: On Persephone’s Island by Mary Taylor Simeti

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Every six-ish weeks we read a new memoir, a collection of essays, novel, or anything else we find interesting that somehow, in a big or small way, relates to food. Then we discuss.

This is a year of Sicilian life, its seasons and its sacred festivals, its gorgeous fruits and demanding family life, its casual assassinations and village feasts, its weather and the neighbours. It chronicles a life divided between an apartment in the city of Palermo with the weekends and summer devoted to sustaining life in an old family farm. What makes this journal truly exceptional is that Mary Simeti is both an outsider, (an American who had studied medieval history and worked as a volunteer on a social welfare programme) and an insider. For this journal was written after twenty years of immersion in Sicilian life, as wife to a Sicilian, mother to two Sicilian teenagers, as gardener, cook and carer for a suspicious mother-in- law.

Cheese and wine. Books for sale! BookBook Club titles are 20% off.


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Brooklyn , NY United States
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