Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A good read for the new year


A few months back, a colleague put me in email contact with Justin Catanoso, author of My Cousin the Saint: A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles. Justin was kind enough to send me a review copy of his book, but with three kids, work and all the books I have to read as research for my own writing, I rarely get to read anything for fun. So the book sat on my shelf, waiting for a moment when I had some "down" time. Aside from the fact that the book is about a spiritual search, which always interests me, the book is also about Italians and Italy, which is a hidden passion of mine. My grandfather DeTurris was born in Massa Lubrense, and my grandmother DeTurris (nee Picarelli) was the only one of her family not born in Avellino but in Brooklyn. Up until recently my motto has been: Italy by 50, giving me less than four years to make it to the land of my ancestors. Now I'm starting to settle for the idea of traveling there vicariously, like through Justin's book.

So I took the book off the shelf recently, suggesting that Dennis (whose family also happens to hail from Avellino) read it, but in the process I opened it up and read the first three pages. That was it. I was hooked. Not only is the story great, but the writing is amazing. I'll post a full review once I'm done with the book, but I can tell you right now that this book will be worth your time. Check it out if you're looking for a good read to start off the new year.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe I'll read it because it doesn't look like I'm getting there anytime soon. But, it's on my to do list.

pve design said...

I shall take this as a sign. I have enjoyed reading "Life Lines" in the Catholic New York paper and now I see you have this wonderful blog. I too have a blog and today marks my one year "bloggiversary."
I am an artist and feel so blessed to have this gift and passion. I would love to do some artwork for your blog should you ever need.
Blessings to you for the gift of this golden day.
Thanks for the tip, looks like a fabulous read.
Patricia
pve design

Not Strictly Spiritual said...

Patricia,
I'm so glad you found my blog. I would love to be able to use your artwork some day. Maybe on a book cover...
Please keep in touch.
Peace,
Mary

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

Definitely a fabulous book! Thanks for the link love, and buon 2009 :)