SLEEPLESS NIGHTS and KISSES for BREAKFAST: Reflections on Fatherhood by Matteo Bussola

Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood by [Bussola, Matteo]

I think we are all happy this book was translated from Italian!  While we often see books about mothers and daughters and fathers and sons, this one is fathers and daughters!

This #1 Italian bestseller, offering a father’s observations of the everyday moments that might otherwise go unnoticed, has struck a chord with readers around the globe.
Matteo Bussola is a designer and cartoonist who lives in Verona, Italy with his wife Paola; their three young daughters, Virginia, Ginevra, and Melania (ages eight, four, and two); and their two dogs. For two years, he’s been writing posts on Facebook capturing the beauty of ordinary moments with his family. Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast is the memoir that grew out of these writings. Divided into winter, spring, summer, and fall, the book follows the different seasons of parenthood and life. At times moving, and at others humorous, these writings remind people to savor the present and appreciate the simple things in life.
As Matteo says, “Virginia, Ginevra, and Melania are the lens through which I observe the world. . . . My daughters remind me that being a father means living in that gray area between responsibility and carelessness, strength and softness.” Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast is an eloquent memoir by a gifted storyteller.”

Mr. Bussola is a born storyteller. He tells us the story of his adjustments to parenthood and raising his three daughters. As he says, he sees the world through their eyes.

When I started laughing out loud after just a few pages, I was hooked. I was impressed with the  way he uses words that are so descriptive he paints a picture in your mind. And it’s really written simply, but with big impacts with his little stories and discussions with the girls.

I think my favorite little tidbit was this one;

“So love is like music, Daddy?”
“Sort of, yes. But you can’t feel it through your ears.”
“Well, how then?”
“Well, through everything. Even your nose. Yours Hands. Your feet.”
“No way! How can you feel it with your feet?”
“I’ll give you an example. You know hat girlfriends do to their boyfriends, to test whether they really love them? Your mom always did it to me.”
“At the beginning, when I used to go to her house, or she would come to mine, and she slept over, your mom would always put her freezing feet on my back or my legs.”
“And what did you do?”
“I left them there and warmed them.”
“But didn’t they make you really cold?”
“A little, sure.”
“So when Mommy put her feet on you, you heard music, Daddy?”

The girls are charming as are his reactions to them.

Does it sometimes read like his blog? Yes. Maybe a bit scattered, but it’s still a lovely story of a father being really present in his girls lives. How important active listening is and how important a father is in a girls life.

Thank you Netgalley and TarcherPerigee (Penguin). This version comes out May 9,2017.

You can preorder Here

Books,Books and More Books!   XX Patricia

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