Monday, December 6, 2010

I Libri

Addesso e inverno, now it is winter, and time to be cozy and read a good book.  Here's a list of books about Italy that I have enjoyed.  All are set within 30 or 40 miles of where we live.

Italian Neighbors by Tim Parks
Written by a British guy who lived in Italy for 10 years.  Almost everything in this book has happened to me or someone I know.

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
Cute, easy read set in Parma about an American pro football player who ends up playing in Italy.  I was in the middle of reading this when I met our doctor and friend for the first time.   He is an American who has lived in Italy over 25 years and guess what, used to be the quarterback of an Italian football team here.  This is American football, not soccer.

 The Broker by John Grisham
Another fast read set in Bologna.  Great descriptions of Italian life, architecture, and food.

Leonardo's Swans by Karen Essex
Historical fiction about the Este family who ruled Ferrara for centuries. Da Vinci painted two of the Este princesses and this book centers around them.  Set in Milan and Ferrara.

Now I am in the middle of reading Ciao America.  It is the exact opposite of what I am living now.  It is written by an Italian who moves to America for a year.  The first thing he does in his American house is try to close the shutters but of course American shutters don't move.  He is completely confused by American air conditioners and why anyone would want it to be 70 degrees inside when the outside temp is over 100.  The book is a bit outdated (it was written in the late '90s) but still interesting to read that Italians are as confused in America as we often are in Italy.

Happy reading!

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  1. I'm so glad you wrote today. I've missed your posts. I've read Playing for Pizza and have downloaded The Broker to my Kindle but haven't read it yet. I'll be ordering the other books you recommended also!

    Please continue sharing with us!

  2. It is wonderful to hear from you too! I love your comments!

  3. I have another recommendation:
    Italianissimo by Louise Fili
    The third entry is "La Bella Figura a good impression" -- The unspoken understanding that appearances and behavior are taken into consideration by the world at large is part of the basic fabric of Italian tradition.
    "cosa pensera' la gente?" explains why you buy new shoes on the way to the grocery.
    BUT don't buy it -- it is coming with us!