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Product Details

  • Paperback: 165 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press; 3rd edition (April 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569553211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569553213
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

<div>Vincent M. Iezzi, who has followed in his grandmother's footsteps as a storyteller, retired from a career at the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News and is active in his parish. He is also a member of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) and he belongs to the Order of the Sons of Italy, the Knights of Columbus, and the St. Richard-St. Monica Prayer Community. He and his wife Mary Ann have two sons and eight grandchildren, all of whom enjoy his retelling of Nonna s stories.</div>

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This book gives an insight into the love, security and humor of a very wise grandmother.
Gary A. Grelli
This book is full of delightfully heartwarming stories that take us back to a warmer, simpler time of love, humor and faith.
Martha
Coffee with Nonna is a great book that teaches about things that happen in every day life.
Robert

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on February 23, 2007
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This book is a pleasure to read. I've been reading the stories to my 9-year old son, who could read the book to myself, but prefers to sit with me and hear me read it to him, like as if he was Vinzee and I was Nonna. Right before I bought this book I traveled to Portugal with my family. It was Christmas and we were touring an ancient Cathedral when we noticed a very modest Naviity scene next to the Cathedral wall. A stray dog was laying in the hay right next to the Baby Jesus. We all laughed and commented that we didn't know that Baby Jesus had a pet dog. Well, I come home and start reading "Coffee With Nonna" just to discover that wise Nonna knew about the dog and the other four animals at the birth of Jesus, and what the significance is of the loyal dog. I shared this with my family who all agreed that the Portuguese stray dog truly had the last laugh.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Philly Girl on August 27, 2005
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I lived with my grandfather who came over from Italy as a teenager and also told many stories. I also lived in South Philly. I could relate to so much of what was mentioned in the book. The book is great. I have recommended it to many friends and family! Well worth the purchase!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2003
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WOW! Where did this precious book come from -- it's just GREAT
and just plain lovely. Highly HIGHLY recommend for all families
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2003
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bought this book for my Aunt as a christmas gift. just before wrapping opened book and began reading. i could not put it down. it was so wholesome and real. i reminded me of my youth and above all of my innocence. Gave the book to my Aunt and went to buy another for myself. My Aunt read the book and now thinks that she finally has received the only gift she really ever needed. she also loved it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Neitzel on October 10, 2002
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I loved this book. It means soo much to me because it showes how much him and his grandamother loved each other it reminded me of my grandmom. I know Mr.Iezzi and im not writing this because i know him. I don't like to read books i read the first chapter then i won't read any more till my mom tells me to but this book was diffrent it made me come back for more. It brought back memories of my grandamom that i thought would go away after the years she has been gone, but they were still there. And i would like to thank Mr. Iezzi for writing this book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nonna on October 29, 2010
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Perhaps, my favorite book of all time! Simple stories which are universal and timeless. I have purchased 8 copies and sent them as treasured gifts to friends and even share with my grandchildren at "quiet" time. Thank you, Vincent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2008
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This is a warm, entertaining, and surprisingly spiritual book.

The author recounts the many wonderful and spiritually educational stories his Catholic Grandmother told him as a young boy growing up during WWII. Her stories are all designed to help her young grandson live the Catholic faith more fully, to better understand the teachings of Jesus Christ, and to be a better Christian.

The stories will serve that purpose for all of us. I found the stories uniquely instructive and full of spiritual wisdom - yet entertaining, at times funny, at times sad, but always interesting.

This book had me by turns laughing out loud and crying - but always being urged closer to Christ.

Unlike other reviewers, I don't think you need to be Italian or of Italian descent to love this book - I am neither and I found it truly a wonderful read. My 10 year old daughter loved it as well, so it will appeal to a broad range of readers, adult and young adult alike.

If you are looking for an easy, entertaining read that will encourage the practical day to day living of your faith, this is the book for you!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Calabrese on March 19, 2005
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My wife gave me Coffee With Nonna as a gift. It is a charming little tome. The author Vincent Iezzi transports the reader back to every urban Italian neighborhood in World War II. His grandmother, Nonna, in Italian, like most folks of her generation has little or no formal education. But, despite that handicap these folks made their way to and in America because of their folk wisdom. This book makes a nice gift for all your Italian friends and family. It is also a good introduction into Italian-American culture.
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