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Original Essays | July 22, 2014

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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Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month Is Enchanted by Annie Hawes
Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month Is Enchanted

claywimmin, September 1, 2011

Annie Hawes has become one of my favorite authors, and this book started it all. Annie and her sister Lucy buy a stone 'shelter' in the hills of Liguria and turn it into a livable home. Extra Virgin begins her love affair with the area and its people. Admittedly there have been many "I went to Italy, bought a tumbledown villa and restored it..." stories, but her sharp British humor and pure enjoyment of her new situation draw the reader in immediately and I, for one, never wanted to leave. What they buy for a song is no villa - it's a stone shack built for camping while the contadino tends his flocks and crops up in the hills. He would soon return to the comforts of his permanent home, but Annie and Lucy moved in to stay, gradually adding the requisite necessities for living. A pure delight!
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As the Romans Do: An American Family's Italian Odyssey by Alan Epstein
As the Romans Do: An American Family's Italian Odyssey

claywimmin, June 8, 2011

Alan Epstein is passionate about Rome, and he shares that passion with his readers. Together with his wife and two sons he moves from California to Rome, and his day-to-day experiences are reflected in this delightful book. Come along with him on his Sunday morning jog, to a function at his sons' school, join them at dinner with friends. Each chapter is a story in itself and an absolute delight to read. Pick up this book and you are, truly, living in Rome and doing as the Romans do.
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