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From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home: Home

A helpful guide to content related to the 2022 FSCJ Author Series Book


Welcome to our library resource guide for the 14th annual FSCJ Author Series Learning Community! In 2021-2022 we are featuring the Tembi Locke memoir From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home. Use the tabs above to navigate the guide. You will find books, eBooks, eVideos, and articles on the rich variety of topics related to the book.

Main themes in From Scratch include caregiving, grief, family, and Italian culture, language & food.  Locke's memoir touches on each concept as she discusses her life with her Sicilian-born husband and her widowhood after his death from soft tissue cancer.  Dig into this book and this guide--there is an abundance of information to enrich your life!

There are FSCJ Author Series events throughout February and March, culminating in two appearances by author Tembi Locke!  Register via this page to attend.  The Library and Learning Commons locations are excited to offer the FSCJ community an opportunity to visit Italy virtually every Thursday in February.


Tembi Locke

Tembi Locke is a native of Houston, TX, and an author, actress, and food activist currently residing in Los Angeles.  Her television and film roles include appearances on NCIS, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Bones, and Dumb and Dumber To.  Through her websites and, she stresses the importance of story-telling and home/community gardens in the processes of caregiving, illness, grieving, and social justice. A Reese's Book Club choice, From Scratch is her first book

.Actress Tembi Locke

 TembiOriginals by Tembi Locke in Wikimedia Commons used under CC-BY-SA 3.0


Visit Simon & Schuster to read an excerpt from From Scratch here.

Want to read more? Locate a copy of From Scratch at your local LLC.


You can find several reviews of From Scratch online, like these two from AP News and Publishers Weekly; log in to your myFSCJ account to read more reviews through the library catalog

An Introduction to From Scratch

   Book cover containing photo of Locke and husband sitting on a bicycle

Tembi Locke, Actress and Activist