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Ciao, America!: An Italian Discovers the U.S.

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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.

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

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

Review:

"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

Review:

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.

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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767912365
Author:
Severgnini, Beppe
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Severgnni, Beppe
Location:
New York
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Italians
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
440
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.02x5.20x.59 in. .41 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767912365 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 , "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."
"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 , 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.
"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.
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