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A Tuscan Childhood

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ISBN: 9780375704260
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Published: Vintage - February 8th, 2000

Called by the London Times 'A loving and intimate portrait of Tuscany's many faces,' A Tuscan Childhood by Kinta Beevor is a richly remembered account of the author's idyllic years as a child living - between the world wars - in an Italian castle with her family. Beevor's father, the painter Aubrey Waterfield, purchased the castle in 1916. While her parents thrived in the heart of a vibrant artistic community, Beevor and her brother explored the countryside and came to know the locals. Fascinating memoir. ~ Reviewed by Bob Gray

A Thousand Bells at Noon

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ISBN: 9780060519209
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 1st, 2003

Franco Romagnolis A Thousand Bells at Noon is as warm and engaging as its author and his native city. My previous impression of Rome was all frenetic fashion and impossible street crossings-that has changed. Instead I long to experience the delicious meandering of the senses that Romagnoli charts for us. He combines personal and Roman history with mellow charm as he guides us through his authentic less traveled Rome. Franco Romagnoli left Rome in his late twenties to try his hand at documentary filmmaking in America. He is now a renowned cookbook author, food writer, and television personality. But he keeps returning to Rome. It is his love of his native city that rings forth in his lovely book. If you are going to Rome, read this first. Then take it with you for reference, and re-read it after your return, every time you long for those thousand bells at noon.

Driving Mr. Albert

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ISBN: 9780385333030
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 5th, 2001

Michael Paterniti's Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain is a thoroughly engaging composite of road trip, shaggy dog story, riff on Albert Einstein's life and theories, memoir, and more, with some characters that seem to have escaped from a David Lynch movie. Paterniti, a magazine journalist, tools across the country in a rented Buick Skylark with two passengers. One is Dr. Thomas Stolz Harvey, the 84-year old retired pathologist who performed the autopsy on Einstein in 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey. Harvey removed the great scientist's brain, hoping to discover the secret of his genius, and took it home with him. Although he has shared parts of it with other researchers through the years, most of it, floating in formaldehyde in a Tupperware bowl, is Paterniti's second passenger, safely ensconced in a dufflebag in the Skylark's trunk. The point of the trip is to show the brain to Einstein's bemused granddaughter Evelyn, who lives in Berkeley, California. In Lawrence, Kansas, they visit a dying William S. Burroughs, a former neighbor of Harvey's, where the two old geezers hold a Mad Tea Party-like conversation. Stopping at roadside attractions along the way, Paterniti and Harvey reminisce, philosophize, and often talk at cross purposes. Paterniti sorts out his complicated personal life while Harvey considers the future of their other passenger, addresses a class of high school students in San Jose, and shows the brain to a pair of Paterniti's good friends, all the while refusing to let his chauffeur take a gander. In less sure hands this book would fall flat, but Paterniti's ability to make sense of its random parts, his intelligence, appreciation of the absurd, curiosity, writing talent, and wit make it a delight. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones

A Trip to the Beach

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ISBN: 9780609807484
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Published: Potter Style - November 20th, 2001

Annette Hannah describes A Trip to the Beach as, "a love letter to a place that becomes both home and escape". It is the true story of a trip to the beach that never ends. It is about escaping civilization to build a life in paradise—and finding that even paradise has its struggles. The Blanchards story is filled with tragedy and humor, culinary disasters and triumphs, and unforgettable portraits of people who live and work in a place where the rest of the world goes to play. A savory memoir of life and love and work, A Trip to the Beach invites you into a world of seaside charm, sand and sunshine, and the joy that comes from struggling to lead the simple life.

North Country

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ISBN: 9780395901397
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Published: Mariner Books - June 8th, 1998

In his only work of nonfiction, Mosher travels across the border between the United States and Canada, from Maine to the Pacific Ocean. What he discovers is a separate state, neither American nor Canadian, with an invisible boundary its inhabitants disregard. Of course, the terrain is the same on either side of the line, but so are the people: individualist, iconoclastic, self-sufficient. He talks with teachers, truckers, farmers, loggers and recluses in bars. He finds them along rivers, in villages, and on the road. He determines that the lonely rugged land both attracts and shapes the unusual people who live there.

Mosher grew up in the Catskills of NY state and has lived for many years in VT. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones

Travelers' Tales Italy

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By Anne Calcagno (Editor), Jan Morris (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781885211729
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Published: Travelers' Tales - August 8th, 2001

Travelers' Tales Guides Italy edited by Anne Calcagno is much more than a list of interesting sights. Authors as varied as Frances Mayes, Tim Parks and Duncan Fallowell introduce you to the haunts of the Etruscans, insurance agents and a Florentine banana vendor. It's a wonderful collection of stories to read before your journey. The last chapter, titled 'The Next Step', is full of useful addresses, phone numbers, customs, and facts. Nontraditional, and fun!


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