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In his American publishing debut, the Bill Bryson of Italy spends a year in one of Washington, D.C.'s toniest neighborhoods, bargain hunting at a mattress warehouse, savoring pizza from a franchise, and trying not to drown in the shower.

It wasn't humorist Beppe Severgnini's first trip to the States. But when he and his wife arrived in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 1994, they agreed to stay for an entire year, renting a creaky house in Georgetown and seeing if they could stand a full four seasons in Uncle Sam's backyard. The result is this delightful, insightful glimpse at America — and the nation's capitol — through the eyes of a fiercely funny guest.

Capturing the odd sights and scents of Severgnini's destination, Ciao, America! is a tale of quirky discoveries in a country obsessed with ice cubes, air-conditioning, recliner chairs, and after-dinner cappuccinos. From their first encounters with cryptic rental listings to their back-to-Europe yard sale twelve months later, the Severgninis explore their new territory with the self-described patience of mildly inappropriate beachcombers. Succumbing to their surroundings day by day, they find themselves developing a taste for Klondike bars and Samuel Adams beer, and even enrolling in a frequent flier program.

The realtor who waves a perfect bye-bye, the senator's wife who bellows threats from her stoop, and the plumber named Marx who deals in illegally powerful showerheads are just a few of the better-than-fiction characters they encounter while foraging for clues to the real America. A trip to the computer store proves just as revealing as D.C.'s Fourth of July celebration, as do boisterous waiters angling for tips andno-parking signs crammed with a dozen lines of fine print. By the end of his visit, Severgnini has unearthed a new take on the States, and written a laugh-out-loud yet affectionate tribute to it.

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"A bella laugh...Wonderfully funny perspective. No Dickensian outrage is to be found in these pages, no close to Toquevillian analysis; Ciao, America! is fun from first page to last, pure and simple."Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

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Beppe Severgnini is a columnist for Italy?s Corriere della Sera and also writes for The Economist. A bestselling author in Italy, his books include Inglesi, a portrait of modern Britain. Severgnini lives with his wife in Crema, Italy.

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"A delightful read, full of wonderful anecdotes that capture the eye-opening absurdity of life in the United States."Chicago Tribune

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"Witty...Whatever you have taken for granted in America is what Severignini observes with the freshness and charm of the outsider, here for an extended visit. He gives us back ourselves — with our manners and mores and even the fine print on our No Parking signs — in a shining mirror."Philadelphia Weekly Press

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"Severignini is a master in the vein of Bill Bryson...Ciao, America! is a sardonic tale of cultural bewilderment, an incisive peek into the mundane obsessions of our American existence that makes the commonplace seem not only insane but extremely funny."Publishers Weekly

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In the wry but affectionate tradition of Bill Bryson, Ciao, America! is a delightful look at America through the eyes of a fiercely funny guest — one of Italy?s favorite authors who spent a year in Washington, D.C.

Synopsis:

In the wry but affectionate tradition of Bill Bryson, Ciao, America! is a delightful look at America through the eyes of a fiercely funny guest — one of Italy's favorite authors who spent a year in Washington, D.C.

When Beppe Severgnini and his wife rented a creaky house in Georgetown they were determined to see if they could adapt to a full four seasons in a country obsessed with ice cubes, air-conditioning, recliner chairs, and, of all things, after-dinner cappuccinos. From their first encounters with cryptic rental listings to their back-to-Europe yard sale twelve months later, Beppe explores this foreign land with the self-described patience of a mildly inappropriate beachcomber, holding up a mirror to America's signature manners and mores. Succumbing to his surroundings day by day, he and his wife find themselves developing a taste for Klondike bars and Samuel Adams beer, and even that most peculiar of American institutions — the pancake house.

The realtor who waves a perfect bye-bye, the overzealous mattress salesman who bounces from bed to bed, and the plumber named Marx who deals in illegally powerful showerheads are just a few of the better-than-fiction characters the Severgninis encounter while foraging for clues to the real America. A trip to the computer store proves just as revealing as D.C.'s Fourth of July celebration, as do boisterous waiters angling for tips and no-parking signs crammed with a dozen lines of fine print.

By the end of his visit, Severgnini has come to grips with life in these United States — and written a charming, laugh-out-loud tribute.

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This book teaches people an amazing lesson to love for, and care. This book also bring an addiction to people to read the book because it is made up of many details that bring the eyes attention. I recommend people to read this book because it is the story of Lorenzo Primavera an unsettled, third generation Italian American whose search for his place in the world leads him back to the land of his ancestors. In the small town of Ferrara, Italy, Lorenzo finds work coaching American-style football in the fledgling Italian Football League. It's a league where everyone can kick but no one can catch. While coaching, Lorenzo falls in love with Paola Angelini, a headstrong, young music student who forces him to face the same decision as his immigrant grandfather some seventy years earlier.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767912358
Author:
Severgnini, Beppe
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Italians
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Broadway Books ed.
Series Volume:
GTR-129
Publication Date:
May 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.60x5.40x.92 in. .85 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767912358 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A bella laugh...Wonderfully funny perspective. No Dickensian outrage is to be found in these pages, no close to Toquevillian analysis; Ciao, America! is fun from first page to last, pure and simple."
"Review" by , Beppe Severgnini is a columnist for Italy?s Corriere della Sera and also writes for The Economist. A bestselling author in Italy, his books include Inglesi, a portrait of modern Britain. Severgnini lives with his wife in Crema, Italy.
"Review" by , "A delightful read, full of wonderful anecdotes that capture the eye-opening absurdity of life in the United States."
"Review" by , "Witty...Whatever you have taken for granted in America is what Severignini observes with the freshness and charm of the outsider, here for an extended visit. He gives us back ourselves — with our manners and mores and even the fine print on our No Parking signs — in a shining mirror."
"Review" by , "Severignini is a master in the vein of Bill Bryson...Ciao, America! is a sardonic tale of cultural bewilderment, an incisive peek into the mundane obsessions of our American existence that makes the commonplace seem not only insane but extremely funny."
"Synopsis" by , In the wry but affectionate tradition of Bill Bryson, Ciao, America! is a delightful look at America through the eyes of a fiercely funny guest — one of Italy?s favorite authors who spent a year in Washington, D.C.
"Synopsis" by , In the wry but affectionate tradition of Bill Bryson, Ciao, America! is a delightful look at America through the eyes of a fiercely funny guest — one of Italy's favorite authors who spent a year in Washington, D.C.

When Beppe Severgnini and his wife rented a creaky house in Georgetown they were determined to see if they could adapt to a full four seasons in a country obsessed with ice cubes, air-conditioning, recliner chairs, and, of all things, after-dinner cappuccinos. From their first encounters with cryptic rental listings to their back-to-Europe yard sale twelve months later, Beppe explores this foreign land with the self-described patience of a mildly inappropriate beachcomber, holding up a mirror to America's signature manners and mores. Succumbing to his surroundings day by day, he and his wife find themselves developing a taste for Klondike bars and Samuel Adams beer, and even that most peculiar of American institutions — the pancake house.

The realtor who waves a perfect bye-bye, the overzealous mattress salesman who bounces from bed to bed, and the plumber named Marx who deals in illegally powerful showerheads are just a few of the better-than-fiction characters the Severgninis encounter while foraging for clues to the real America. A trip to the computer store proves just as revealing as D.C.'s Fourth of July celebration, as do boisterous waiters angling for tips and no-parking signs crammed with a dozen lines of fine print.

By the end of his visit, Severgnini has come to grips with life in these United States — and written a charming, laugh-out-loud tribute.

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