Italian Memoirs to Love

A Listmania! list by C. G. King (Horse Country, VA USA)
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The list author says: "Most of us can't go to Italy to live, or even vacation repetitively, but we can revisit vicariously though great books from people who are living that dream. Some of these books are better than others and do indeed provide an Italian 'fix'. This list has my favorites."
The Hills of Tuscany
1.  The Hills of Tuscany by Ferenc Maté
The list author says:
  "Truly delightful story by a warm and unassuming author who brings the experience into your living room."
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A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream
2.  A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream by Ferenc Maté
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  "A follow up to The Hills of Tuscany and just as great, plus you get all the wine stuff."
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Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month Is Enchanted
3.  Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month Is Enchanted by Annie Hawes
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  "Enchanting tale told with wit and charm by a young English gal who lived in a rustic setting amid local folk whom she does not romaticize but has great affection for."
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Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy
4.  Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy by Michael Tucker
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  "Delightful story.  Funny and fun."
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Italian Neighbors
5.  Italian Neighbors by Tim Parks
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  "Great fun to read about life in the city from the clear-eyed perspective of a man who is not at all sucked in to the romance of it all, but appreciates it nonetheless."
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Italian Education
6.  Italian Education by Tim Parks
The list author says:
  "Another by Tim Parks.  As delightful as the first.  This one is more about his kids and how that affects his experience of Italian culture.  Fascinating."
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A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance
7.  A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance by Marlena de Blasi
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  "A fairy tale love that really happened--and worked--and a great description of Venice from the inside.  Read this one first."
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A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure
8.  A Thousand Days in Tuscany: A Bittersweet Adventure by Marlena De Blasi
The list author says:
  "This second in the series of Ms. DaBlasi's life in Italy was my favorite.  Her rustic life and deep relationships with the people had me laughing and crying and baking bread.  Her writing is very lush with description."
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The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria
9.  The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria by Marlena De Blasi
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  "The third episode in the 'Thousand Days' series.  This one reflects less starry-eyed bliss and more realization of this culture for better or worse.  It's a  view of a slightly more urban experience even though the town is small.  The series is best read in order to get the full benefit of the background, but doesn't have to be."
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Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy
10.  Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
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  "The classic Tuscan memoir.  Less rustic than some.  Well worth the read still--and again.  Much better than the movie."
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Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy
11.  Bella Tuscany: The Sweet Life in Italy by Frances Mayes
The list author says:
  "The second of Frances Mayes' memoirs of her Tuscan life in that fabulous Italian Villa.  In this book, the villa is now restored, so it's more about her life there as a semi-resident."
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