Set in twentieth century San Jose, California, when the land smelled of prunes, apricots, and bootleg wine, My Sicilian Nanna reveals the true and humorous story of a young Sicilian immigrant, who struggles to teach her children and grandchildren in America the nineteenth century values taught to her by her parents in rural Sicily. Although illiterate, she knew more about people and world affairs than most educated people. Nanna was a loving mother and grandmother, but at times she could be a pill. Peter Pedone artfully describes the true story of his grandmother's emigration from Sicily to the United States with three children, living in a bleak, cold environment among strangers for three years and then traveling by train from the East Coast to the West Coast, unable to speak one word of English but always smiling. Nanna was trained by her parents to be a housewife. Education was out of the question. Although illiterate, she was taught ancient household health remedies that enabled her to care for her family and neighbors, as well as providing her with the ability to cure just about every illness short of a heart attack. Even more significant is that Nanna did all this while maintaining her sense of humor. My Sicilian Nanna captures the humorous side of the immigration process. Forced by lack of funds to immigrate to America in three stages, Nanna and her family survive the hardships of the Depression and World War II, and her offspring become part of the Diaspora of American families. The story of each stage is intertwined with the lessons and sessions she conducts in the kitchen with her family and loved ones.