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Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins

The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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24 Great Walks in Venice: Frommer's Great Walks #20 by AA Publishing
24 Great Walks in Venice: Frommer's Great Walks #20

Laurel Barton, February 26, 2012

Venice is an ideal walking city and this book a great companion for those who want to get away from the tourist hordes to discover the charming and historical neighborhoods of Venice. Each walk of 1 to 3 miles is designed to showcase important sites as well as cultural highlights, shopping and restaurants. Build your trip around these itineraries for a truly unique Venice experience.
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That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story by Marlena De Blasi
That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story

Laurel Barton, September 1, 2011

Marlena de Blasi takes us to the legendary island of Sicily and reveals a remarkable story of loss and love, family and community, war and organized crime. This gripping tale is true, but reads like a fairytale, complete with dark undertones and mystical characters. Although known for her non-fictional accounts of her own life in Italy, this is a departure for de Blasi, an inviting read whether you are an Italophile or not.
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Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy by Michael Tucker
Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy

Laurel Barton, July 11, 2011

This is a fun book for Italophiles, travelers, and foodies alike. The love the author has for Italy, food, his wife, their friends (not necessarily in that order) shines through. While Tucker and Eikenberry (yes of "L.A. Law" fame) have more resources than many of us, this does not read like a rich person's guide to the good life. Many of the pleasures they pursue and attain are accessible to any traveler with an open mind and willingness to connect to the culture and the land as a "temporary local."
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Pompeii by Robert Harris

Laurel Barton, May 24, 2011

This is a compelling and interesting read. I was saving it to read before a trip to Pompeii, planned for later this year, but it called to me as my first book of summer. We all know the end of the story, but Harris involves the reader in the daily lives of the characters: their wishes and dreams and plans, untarnished by the inescapable and unknown (to them) outcome. The science is tempered with history and characters propelling the story forward quickly. A must read for anyone who will -- or has -- visited the archeological site.
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Fatal Remedies by Donna Leon
Fatal Remedies

Laurel Barton, April 19, 2010

Donna Leon never fails to make me think, while providing the entertaining read I seek. Vintage Leon, "Fatal Remedies" delivers the expected plot twists and turns, as well as insight to Venice culture and society. Travelers to Venice and mystery buffs with no such plans will equally enjoy this read.
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