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My Brilliant Friend
Neapolitan Novels, Book One
Elena Ferrante - 2012-09-25 (first published in 2011)
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A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship...
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Midnight in Sicily
On Art, Food, History, Travel and la Cosa Nostra
Peter Robb - 2007-11-27 (first published in 1996)
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the YearA New York Public Library Best Book of the YearFrom the author of M and A Death in Brazil comes Midnight in Sicily.South of mainland Italy lies the island of Sicily, home to an ancient culture that--with its stark landscapes, glorious coastlines, and extraordinary treasure troves of art and arche...
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The Neapolitan Novels
Elena Ferrante - 2018-11-13 (first published in 2015)
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Nothing quite like this has ever been published before, proclaimed The Guardian about the Neapolitan novels in 2014. Against the backdrop of a Naples that is as seductive as it is perilous and a world undergoing epochal change, Elena Ferrante tells the story of a sixty-year friendship between the brilliant and bookish Elena and the fiery, rebelliou...
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Rob Delaney
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Eat Pray Love
One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Elizabeth Gilbert - 2010-06-29 (first published in 2006)
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A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion—the massive bestseller from the author of Big Magic, on sale now! This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of mo...
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky
A Novel
Mark Sullivan - 2017-05-01
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Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours. Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are number...
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Michael Batnick
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The Enchanted April
Elizabeth von Arnim - 2009-01-08 (first published in 1922)
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Elizabeth von Arnim's novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins, who belong to the same ladies' club, but have never spoken, become acquainted after reading a newspaper advertisement for a small m...
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The City of Falling Angels
John Berendt - 2006-09-26 (first published in 2005)
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The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil returns after more than a decade to give us an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants.Venice, a city steeped in a thousand years of history, art and architecture, teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay. Its architectural ...
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La Bella Figura
A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
Beppe Severgnini - 2007-06-12 (first published in 2005)
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La testa degli italiani resta l'ultima regione inesplorata del Paese, e vale un viaggio. Un viaggio attraverso l'Italia con amici stranieri, ai quali viene "tradotto" sistematicamente il Paese: le regole imperscrutabili della strada e l'anarchia ordinata di un ufficio, la loquacità dei treni e la saggezza di un albergo, la rassicurazione di una chi...
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Rick Steves Italy 2020
Rick Steves - 2019-12-17 (first published in 1995)
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From the Mediterranean to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta, experience Italy with Rick Steves! Inside Rick Steves Italy 2020 you'll find:Comprehensive coverage for planning a multi-week trip to ItalyRick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favoritesTop sights and hidden gems, from...
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Call Me by Your Name
A Novel
André Aciman - 2008-01-22 (first published in 2007)
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Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.  During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground betwe...
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Love & Gelato
Jenna Evans Welch - 2017-05-02
Italian Neighbors by Tim Parks
SPQR by Mary Beard
The Leopard by Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr
Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes
From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon
The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman
DK Eyewitness Italy by Eyewitness
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Trieste And The Meaning Of Nowhere by Jan Morris
Lonely Planet Italy by Lonely Planet
Pasta, Pane, Vino by Matt Goulding
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Brunelleschi's Dome by Ross King
The House of Medici by Christopher Hibbert
The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri
Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes
See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes
Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Il Bel Centro by Michelle Damiani
City of Fortune by Roger Crowley
The Lemon Tree Café by Cathy Bramley
Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy by Corinna Cooke
Lonely Planet Sicily by Lonely Planet
Tuscany, Italy by Zeneba Bowers
Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi
Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Summer at the Lake by Erica James
Rick Steves Florence Tuscany by Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw
Not in a Tuscan Villa by John Petralia
Acqua Alta by Donna Leon
Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst
Italy The Best Places to See by Rail by Bob Kaufman
The Revealed Rome Handbook by Amanda Ruggeri
Fodor's Rome (Full-color Travel Guide) by Fodor's Travel Guides
From Scratch by Tembi Locke
The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
An Italian Education by Tim Parks
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
Chasing the Rose by Andrea di Robilant
Extra Virgin by Annie Hawes
A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena de Blasi
Mezza Italiana by Zoe Boccabella
A small place in Italy by Eric Newby
La Bella Lingua by Dianne Hales
Bella Figura by Kamin Mohammadi
An Italian Journey by James Ernest Shaw
Italian Ways by Tim Parks
The Aspern Papers by Henry James
Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes
The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato