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

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

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour. It was love at first sight when Tembi met professional chef, Saro, on a street in F A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A poignant and transporting c...

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Title:From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
Author:Tembi Locke
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1501187651
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:339 pages pages

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

  • Rachel
    May 11, 2019
    Probably would have given this book 2 stars, except that the writing really is beautiful. It just wasn't what I expected. This is a memoir about loss, period. If that's what you're here for, then you will likely get a lot out of it, but it wasn't what I was hoping for at this particula...
  • Sarah
    Jun 05, 2019
    The story she had to tell was compelling but it was overwritten. It seemed like her prose was trying too hard. ...
  • Mikala Hill
    May 20, 2019
    In all fairness, I am not the "memoir" type. But I was rooting for this one. It started off strong...and then drug on until the end. Bummer. ...
  • Susan Meissner
    Aug 26, 2019
    What a beautiful tribute to love in all its forms, even the love you still feel when you are mourning. That love is its own kind of love, as true, as powerful, as life-shaping as the kind you'd easily been able to express before everything changed. I loved especially these lines on p. ...
  • Robin
    Jun 29, 2019
    Amazing book. One of best memoirs I've ever read. Ever. ...
  • Jude (NYJudester) Fricano
    May 16, 2019
    I wanted to love this book. Sicily, food, culture, family, love .. but unfortunately I did not. The story was too drawn out, too much forced drama. There were parts that made me smile, other parts I rolled my eyes. I wish I loved it. I just didn?t feel it. ...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Jun 14, 2019
    what a gorgeous, lush, rich memoir written from such an eloquent heart. I don't watch tv so not familiar with her name, but she is an exquisite author with such a powerful magic of the written word. I cannot imagine her loss and struggles, but she brought me to tears quickly. She was a...
  • Erika Robuck
    Mar 06, 2019
    From the shores of California to an island in the Mediterranean, FROM SCRATCH is a rich, sensual reading experience. Equal parts uplifting and devastating, it is a memoir of soul-searching beauty. As extraordinary and unique as Tembi Locke's life is, all readers will identify with the ...
  • Marianne Fokas
    May 09, 2019
    I loved this book. It appealed to me on many levels, I am of Italian heritage and my husband also died from cancer. I thought her writing was beautiful and the feelings expressed were so real and spot on when it comes to caregiving, and grief. It is also a story about healing and the l...
  • Amanda
    Jul 18, 2019
    I think I just spent my whole afternoon crying ? tears of grief, tears of joy. Thanks for the ride. ...
  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    May 21, 2019
    "She had said so many things, things that were hard to hear, harder still to push through. Things the therapist and books all said were very normal. When those moments happened, when the grief was too big and it threatened to buckle the frame of the house, we'd often go to the back yar...
  • Sandra
    May 11, 2019
    Exquisite! I listened to the audible version narrated by the author and it was beautifully peppered with gorgeous Italian language. Tembi Locke's effortless flow from English to Italian accented phrases hooked me immediately. Her story was crafted in lyrical, romantic prose. I fell in ...
  • Rebecca
    Jul 05, 2019
    This was the perfect book for me to read during a week in Italy. Not only is it set largely in Sicily, but it ticks a lot of boxes in terms of my reading interests: food, travel, bereavement, and the challenges of being an American overseas. During a semester abroad in Florence, Tembi ...
  • Sylvia
    May 25, 2019
    3.5. I think that Reese and I do not have the same taste. This is the second of her book club picks that I felt was just ok. Parts of this were wonderful, beautifully written, moved me to tears. But large sections were slow and a little too sentimental. There were meant times I was cou...
  • Chandra
    Aug 31, 2019
    A beautifully written memoir about love, family, food, and grief. Be prepared to cry a lot at certain parts! ...
  • Lisa
    May 07, 2019
    Am I the only one who sometimes actually mourns the end of a book? My own healing from loss took me to Italy a few years ago. This book spoke to me in so many aspects and touched on that journey to Italy once again. ...
  • Scilla
    Aug 11, 2019
    Amazing! I am not a memoir genre reader, but this was easy and so entertaining! I loved hearing Tembi?s stories from Sicily! Reads as though your girlfriend is just talking to you about her life experiences! For those fans of Elena Ferrante you will feel the same old world feel while...
  • Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
    May 29, 2019
    I loved everything about this book. Tembi is a beautiful writer--her book made me feel like I could sit down with her and have coffee and talk for hours. The book made me smile and made me cry--the story of Saro's cancer is heartbreaking. Tembi beautifully describes their life together...
  • Laura
    May 27, 2019
    A beautifully written memoir. The recollection of a love that travels from one continent to another and back again. A must read. ...
  • Vanessa ❤️
    May 29, 2019
    Beautifully written!! ...
  • Mary Dowsett
    Jun 06, 2019
    Sad, though the story was, I enjoyed the warmth and tenderness that bonded the family together. A touching life story ...
  • Holly
    Jun 14, 2019
    From Scratch is a beautiful story that moves through love, loss and moving on. While sad and heartbreaking, it is also a testament to love, family and community. We meet Saro and witness a very moving romance between him and Tembi. The love they share is so strong that it overcomes...
  • Isa
    Jul 22, 2019
    A beautifully written testament of accepting life with all that life has to give, of love .....love for another human being, love for parents, love for children and love for one's origins and birth place.... ...
  • Mellie Antoinette
    May 29, 2019
    ?Life is still revealing itself to you. Be open to it.? This was a beautiful memoir about grief, the aftermath of loss and ultimately the gut-wrenching steps it takes to carry it all forward into the future. With sunny hints of a Sicilian sky slipping through, tomatoes roasting ...
  • Elizabeth
    Sep 02, 2019
    This is a beautifully written memoir about love, loss, grief and family and everything in between. It was such a lovely ready, it read more like fiction in some ways. It was also packed with so many great and powerful messages. It honestly only lost a star for me because I wanted more....
  • Jodie
    Apr 16, 2019
    The love story of Tembi and Saro is one of passion, commitment, and everlasting love. Not since Paul Kalanithi?s ?When Breath Becomes Air? have I been so moved by a book.. Tembi Locke conveys passion and sincerity which is deeply felt on each and every page. It is articulate, vul...
  • Jessie
    May 11, 2019
    I really wanted to like this, to connect with someone else who has felt grief, but it fell incredibly flat. The way it was written, I wasn't able to connect with the characters, and there was no plot. It was simply a sad woman who ate pasta. I expected to follow their love story and th...
  • Cortney
    May 07, 2019
    ?That morning I wanted nothing more than to know that it was possible for me to feel alive, fully alive again. The half living of life after loss was shifting. I wanted to be reminded of the bounty of life...? Oh this precious little book touched my heart. I was tearing up at th...
  • Moonkiszt
    May 18, 2019
    From Scratch: a Memoir. . . . This was an assignment from Reese W and Hello, Sunshine! Good thing, too, because this is not one I would have picked up and read, given my own choosing algorithms. But this was an interesting story, with all the happy accidents that result in real livi...
  • 2TReads
    May 01, 2019
    This was such a wonderful, yet heartbreaking memoir. Part sweeping love story, and part grief manual. It gives us a glimpse into two parts of Tembi Locke's life; how she met and fell in love with her husband Saro and built a family, and how she was able to get through her grief when Sa...