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Adriana Trigiani (born 1969) is an American best-selling author of eighteen books, playwright, television writer/producer, film director/screenwriter/producer, and entrepreneur based in New York City. Trigiani has published a novel a year since 2000. Early life and career Inspired by her Italian American heritage and Appalachian childhood in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, Trigiani arrived in New York in 1985 after attending Saint Mary's College in Indiana. Trigiani made her off-Broadway debut in New York City as a playwright in 1985 at the Manhattan Theater Club with Secrets of the Lava Lamp, directed by Stuart Ross. From 1988 to 1998, she created scripts for television sitcoms, including The Cosby Show (1984) and its spin-off A Different World (1987). She was the writer and executive producer of City Kids for ABC/Jim Henson Productions, she was an executive producer and writer of Growing Up Funny, a television special for Lifetime which garnered an Emmy nomination for Lily Tomlin. Trigiani has written eighteen best-sellers in fiction and non-fiction, wrote and directed the award-winning documentary Queens of the Big Time (1996 Audience Award Hamptons International Film Festival and 1997 Palm Springs International Film Festival). She wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, based on her debut novel and shot entirely on location in her hometown. In 2018 she directed Then Came You in Scotland, starring Craig Ferguson and Kathie Lee Gifford (screenwriter). She adapted her novel Very Valentine for Lifetime Television, it premiered in June 2019 starring Kelen Coleman and Jacqueline Bisset. Trigiani co-founded with Nancy Bolmeier-Fisher The Origin Project, an in-school writing program in Appalachia that serves over 1700 students in her home state Virginia. The program has received many awards, including citations from the Virginia Council for the Humanities (2018), Helen M. Lewis Community Service Award (2015), and the William P. Kanto Memorial Award at The University of Virginia at Wise (2017). As novelist and filmmaker Trigiani authored the best-selling Big Stone Gap series, including Big Stone Gap (2000), Big Cherry Holler (2001), Milk Glass Moon (2002), and Home to Big Stone Gap (2006), set in her Virginia hometown; and the bestselling Valentine trilogy, the tale of a woman working to save her family's shoe company in Greenwich Village. Trigiani also wrote the Viola books, about a clever teenage filmmaker from Brooklyn, for young adults. Trigiani's acclaimed stand-alone novels include Lucia, Lucia (2003), The Queen of the Big Time (2004), and Rococo (2005). Trigiani's book The Shoemaker's Wife is the fictional account of the lives of her own grandparents after emigrating to America from Italy in the early 20th century. Regularly on The New York Times Bestseller List, critics have noted Trigiani's ability to "create distinctive voices for each of her characters." Millions of copies of Trigiani's books are in print in the United States and published in 36 countries around the world. Overlapping themes include self-perception, social identity, the universal immigrant story, personal loss, working class life, and contemporary social and environmental issues. Since 2012, Adriana Trigiani Tours, and AT Escapes, have offered travel tours to Italy, Scotland, Spain and Gibraltar inspired by the novels of Adriana Trigiani.During the 1990s, Trigiani wrote and directed an award-winning documentary Queen of The Big Time (1996), the story of her father's hometown of Roseto, Pennsylvania, shown in film festivals in London and Hong Kong, co-produced Green Chimneys, and later contributed to PBS documentary The Italian Americans. In 2014, Trigiani directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap (film), a romantic comedy film adaptation of her namesake bestselling novel, produced by Donna Gigliotti for Altar Identity Studios, a subsidiary of Media Society. Big Stone Gap (film) is a story of family secrets and self-discovery in an Appalachian coal-mining town of the late 1970s. The award-winning ensemble cast includes Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Jenna Elfman, and Patrick Wilson. Released on October 9, 2015 by Picturehouse (company), Trigiani's narrative directorial debut arrived nearly 30 years after the sale of her first screenplay, Three to Get Married, produced by Kate Benton in 1986. Opening the Virginia Film Festival, Big Stone Gap (film) was ranked among the top 250 grossing women directed films of 2014. Media appearances Trigiani and her work have regularly been featured on NBC's Today Show. She was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, appeared on The View, Good Day NY with Rosanna Scotto and Lori Stokes, and is heard regularly on NPR around the country. Trigiani has lectured at New York University and the New School for Social Research, has been a commencement speaker and received honorary degrees from Emory & Henry College (2018), Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana (2002), The University of Virginia at Wise (2001), and The University of New Haven, Connecticut (2005, 2016). She is host of the Library of Virginia Literary Awards (11 years), was host of the Poets and Writers Gala in New York City (2016), The Audio Publishers Association Audies Gala (2014), and the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards. She is permanent host of the Erma Bombeck/Arizona Women's Board Annual Authors Luncheon that is committed to the prevention of kidney disease through awareness, education and research. Novels Big Stone Gap: a novel. New York: Random House, 2000. Big Cherry Holler: a Big Stone Gap novel. New York: Random House, 2001 Milk Glass Moon : a Big Stone Gap novel. New York: Random House, 2002. Lucia, Lucia: a novel. New York: Random House, 2004. Home to Big Stone Gap; a novel. New York: Random House, 2006. The Queen of the Big Time : a novel. New York: Random House, 2004. Rococo: a novel. New York: Random House, 2005. Very Valentine: a novel. New York: Random House, 2009. Viola in reel life. New York: Harper Teen, 2009. Brava, Valentine: a novel. Harper Collins Publishers, 2010 Viola In the Spotlight New York: Harper Teen, 2011. The Shoemaker's Wife: a novel.New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2012. The Supreme Macaroni Company : a novel. New York : Harper Collins Publishers, 2013. All The Stars in the Heavens : a novel. New York: Harper, Harper Collins Publishers, 2015. Kiss Carlo. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2017 Tony's Wife: a novel. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2018 The House of Love. 2021. The Good Left Undone. Dutton, 2022.Memoirs Cooking With My Sisters : One Hundred Years of Family Recipes from Bari to Big Stone Gap. New York: Random House, 2004. Don't Sing At The Table : Life Lessons From My Grandmothers New York : Harper, 2010.Professional recognition 1996: Audience Award, Queens of the Big Time. Hamptons International Film Festival & Palm Springs International Film Festival. 2003: The New York Tim.... Discover the Adriana Trigiani popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Adriana Trigiani books.

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  • The Haunting synopsis, comments

    The Haunting

    Alan Titchmarsh

    'A perfect love story' Katie FfordeHow can the mysterious disappearance of Anne Flint and the drowning of a young girl in a chalk stream in 1816 possibly affect the life of schoo...

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    Home to Big Stone Gap

    Adriana Trigiani

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER  Ave Maria starts a new chapter in this wise, powerful, and humorous novel, the fourth book in the beloved Big Stone Gap series“[Adrian...

  • A Girl Next Door synopsis, comments

    A Girl Next Door

    Mary Jane Staples

    Boots Adams celebrates his 60th birthday in style with an oldfashioned Cockney kneesup, even if Gemma, James and the rest of the younger people insist that the music has to be rock...

  • Kensington Heights synopsis, comments

    Kensington Heights

    Leslie Thomas

    Frank Inigo Savage simply wants to be alone and the top flat of Kensington Heights seems just the place. Until the other bizarre and eccentric inhabitants of the building start arr...

  • The Girls in Blue synopsis, comments

    The Girls in Blue

    Lily Baxter

    When her home is destroyed in a bombing raid over London, Miranda Beddoes is forced to take refuge with her grandparents down on the Dorset coast. With both her parents doing their...

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    Big Cherry Holler

    Adriana Trigiani

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Ave Maria must decide between old love and new adventures in this enthralling second novel in the beloved Big Stone Gap series “Heart...

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    Winnie Of The Waterfront

    Rosie Harris

    Crippled by polio, young Winnie Molloy has little to look forward to in life. Her father, Trevor, adores her but she is neglected by her feckless mother, Grace. When war comes Trev...

  • Big Stone Gap synopsis, comments

    Big Stone Gap

    Adriana Trigiani

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  The first novel in the beloved Big Stone Gap series, now a major motion picture written and directed by Adriana Trigiani, starring Ashley Judd, Patr...

  • The Concubine of Shanghai synopsis, comments

    The Concubine of Shanghai

    Hong Ying

    China, 1907. Sixteenyearold orphan Cassia is sold by her aunt to a brothel. There, she works as a lowly maid for Madame Emerald until a powerful and dangerous client plucks her fro...

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    Turn Of The Tide

    Rosie Harris

    Let muchloved multimillion copy bestseller Rosie Harris sweep you away to Liverpool in this captivating and emotionally charged saga. Perfect for readers of Dilly Court, Kitty Nea...

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    One Summer in Venice

    Nicky Pellegrino

    'This isn't a midlife crisis OK? For a start I'm not old enough yet to have one of those. I'm calling it a happiness project. I've stolen an entire summer from my life and by the t...

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    Waiting for Love

    Rosie Harris

    With all her signature warmth, wonderful characters and unforgettable drama, lose yourself in this moving saga of one girl's battle for happiness in the face of a life of shattered...

  • Water Under The Bridge synopsis, comments

    Water Under The Bridge

    Susan Sallis

    Emmie Dart was nearly forty years old and servant to old Canon James when Walter asked her to marry him. He was the Canon's son, younger than she was, and a gentleman even though ...

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    The Rock Orchard

    Paula Wall

    "Some women can touch a man and heal like Jesus. The man who sees sunrise from a Belle woman's bed will swear he's been born again."So begins Paula Wall's funny, poignant, and sexy...

  • Little Girl Lost synopsis, comments

    Little Girl Lost

    Katie Flynn

    It is a cold night and Sylvie Dugdale is weeping as she walks by the Mersey. A figure approaches and, dodging aside to avoid him, she falls into the river. Constable Brendan O'Hara...

  • The Wilde Women synopsis, comments

    The Wilde Women

    Paula Wall

    Paula Wall, the national bestselling author of The Rock Orchard, returns with another witty, wise, and romantic tale of two sisters with a talent for seduction and the unfortunate ...

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    The Power of Dreams

    Rosie Harris

    Fans of Dilly Court, Kitty Neale, Emma Hornby and Rosie Goodwin will love this vivid and compelling saga, set around Tiger Bay and Cardiff. Muchloved multimillion copy bestseller ...

  • Changing Times synopsis, comments

    Changing Times

    Mary Jane Staples

    It is 1953 Coronation year and like all of Cockney London the members of the Adams family are looking forward to the celebrations. Chinese Lady, now Lady Finch, worries that her ...

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    Exciting Food for Southern Types

    Pellegrino Artusi

    Pellegrino Artusi is the original icon of Italian cookery, whose legendary 1891 book Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well defined its national cuisine and is still a b...

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    Das Beste in uns

    Adriana Trigiani

    Eine Familie ist nur so stark wie ihre GeschichteMatelda Cabrelli ist das Oberhaupt der Familie. Die alte Damen ist durchsetzungsfähig und meinungsstark, lässt sich nichts gefallen...

  • Me, My Hair, and I synopsis, comments

    Me, My Hair, and I

    Elizabeth Benedict

    “[A] splendid collection . . . By turns wry, tender, pointed, and laughoutloud funny.” Publishers Weekly“Untangles the many truths about hair, and the lives we lead underneath it.”...

  • Rivals synopsis, comments


    Jilly Cooper OBE

    'A combination of drama, sex and good social comedy... unputdownable.' The Sunday Times'Jilly Cooper is the very best . . . elegant, glamorous, wonderful fun.' Daily MailInto the c...

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    Cooking with My Sisters

    Adriana Trigiani & Mary Yolanda Trigiani

    Read the book Pat Conroy called “the best Italian cookbook ever written by women from the American South,” now revised and updated with even more mouthwatering recipes and photogra...

  • Recipe for Life synopsis, comments

    Recipe for Life

    Nicky Pellegrino

    Escape to Italy with this sumptuous story of secrets and friendships under Mediterranean skies.A recipe for life should be a simple thing: love and happiness, family, friends and a...

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    Lucia Lucia

    Adriana Trigiani & Géraldine Koff D'Amico

    « Captivant ! »  Entertainment WeeklyNew York, 1950À vingtcinq ans, Lucia Sartori est certainement la plus jolie fille du quartier. L'aprèsguerre a ouvert de nombreuses possib...

  • Troubled Waters synopsis, comments

    Troubled Waters

    Rosie Harris

    Let muchloved multimillion copy bestseller Rosie Harris take you back in time with this wonderfully evocative, emotional and atmospheric saga of love, life and trauma. Fans of Dill...

  • All the Stars in the Heavens synopsis, comments

    All the Stars in the Heavens

    Adriana Trigiani

    New York Times Bestseller  USA Today Bestseller  Publishers Weekly Bestseller People's Book of the WeekAnnual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Nomi...

  • Milk Glass Moon synopsis, comments

    Milk Glass Moon

    Adriana Trigiani

    To unify her family, Ave Maria must harness the power of love and its abiding truth in this lyrical and heartfelt novel, the third installment of the New York Times bestselling Big...

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    The Dearest And The Best

    Leslie Thomas

    In the spring of 1940, the spectre of war turned into grim reality. And on the English home front, men, women and children found themselves swept into a maelstrom of fear and uncer...

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    The Villa Girls

    Nicky Pellegrino

    Four friends, a sundrenched escape, and a holiday that will change everything...THE VILLA GIRLS is the story of four young women who decide that wherever they are in the world and ...

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    Out Of The Shadows

    Mary Jane Staples

    Times move on for the Adams family in south London, and as business prospers, there are new worries to deal with. A young woman arrives who is intent on ruining Sammy Adams' winter...

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    Summer at the Villa Rosa

    Nicky Pellegrino

    Raffaella Moretti, by far the most beautiful girl in the southern Italian town of Triento, is about to marry the only boy she has ever loved. It seems that nothing but happiness li...