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Italians Dance and I'm a Wallflower [Kindle Edition]

Linda Falcone
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Though the title may sound like an outsider’s complaint, it betrays the whimsical name of the book’s tongue-in-cheek humor. Italians Dance and I’m a Wallflower: Adventures in Italian expression is, in fact, ‘Italy from the inside-out’—product of the author’s fifteen years of permanent Italian living. Linda Falcone’s irreverent, affectionate vignettes spotlight the mentality, temperament and identity of a country whose citizens truly ‘step into speech.’

In Italy, speaking is not just an action—it’s a state of being!

Falcone’s quick, witty prose captures the essence of everyday Italian situations and extraordinary conversations that make language and laughter the true key to cultural understanding.

Known in Florence as the book that ‘broke all the rules’, Italians Dance and I’m a Wallflower spotlights Italy as you’ve never heard it before. ‘Words are the stepping stones that lead you to another world,’ writes Falcone. So welcome to a country ‘where everything depends’ and sandwich-makers fix you the snack ‘they think you should eat’. Welcome to a place where ‘the season’s first strawberries hold more weight than political turnover’ and ‘air is a dangerous element’. Find out why Jell-O quickly becomes ‘a source high-profile crisis’ and why wishing someone good luck ends up bringing exactly the opposite. Learn how ‘shopping reminds you of the insignificance of your desires’ and ‘familiarity is a synonym for power’.

Smart enough for the veteran traveler, light enough for the newly arrived—even natives and those who’ve made Italy their long-time home, are inspired to grow with Wallflower. Read it on the train, share it with relatives abroad, collect its cultural know-how like ‘spare change jingling in your pocket’, and when all is said and read—just face the music and Dance.

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I started reading exerpts from this book in an Italian newspaper and was excited to see that Amazon was selling it. If you've ever lived or visited Italy and wondered about some of those things that just didn't translate too well- then this book finally makes it clear. --By Joyce Costello (Camp Darby, Italy)

This book was inspired by Falcone's column in The Florentine, Italian Voices: A Window on Language and Customs in Italy. Both her column and this book describe the mentality, temperament, and identity of Italians. In Falcone's book, each anecdote is visually portrayed as well with pictures drawn by Leo Cardini that perfectly illustrate the figurative meaning of each expression. This book makes the otherwise inconvenient communication barriers easily manageable. As "language is one of the most immediate ways to get to know a culture," this book is a useful tool to help ease the stress of culture shock while also proving to be a carefree read even to Italians, who would enjoy a look at themselves through Falcone's eyes. I recommend reading this book all in one sitting; must-reads include "Dipende" and "Prego." A lighthearted, fun read, this is also a book that you can pick up and put back down. In a world where communication is essential, this book provides a stronger knowledge of the Italian culture while breaking down the barriers that inhibit the very thing this book is all about: communication. --By Elizabeth Marie France (Cleveland, OH)

If you are Italian or have ever visited Italy, this is a look into the true beliefs and superstitions of Italians. It guides them in their every day life. Its funny and charming. An enjoyable read --By Nonna (Massachusetts)

This book was inspired by Falcone's column in The Florentine, Italian Voices: A Window on Language and Customs in Italy. Both her column and this book describe the mentality, temperament, and identity of Italians. In Falcone's book, each anecdote is visually portrayed as well with pictures drawn by Leo Cardini that perfectly illustrate the figurative meaning of each expression. This book makes the otherwise inconvenient communication barriers easily manageable. As "language is one of the most immediate ways to get to know a culture," this book is a useful tool to help ease the stress of culture shock while also proving to be a carefree read even to Italians, who would enjoy a look at themselves through Falcone's eyes. I recommend reading this book all in one sitting; must-reads include "Dipende" and "Prego." A lighthearted, fun read, this is also a book that you can pick up and put back down. In a world where communication is essential, this book provides a stronger knowledge of the Italian culture while breaking down the barriers that inhibit the very thing this book is all about: communication. --By Elizabeth Marie France (Cleveland, OH)

If you are Italian or have ever visited Italy, this is a look into the true beliefs and superstitions of Italians. It guides them in their every day life. Its funny and charming. An enjoyable read --By Nonna (Massachusetts)

About the Author

Linda Falcone author of Italians Dance and I'm a Wallflower, If They Are Roses, and the novel Moving Days, has lived and taught and written in Italy for 17 years. An English-speaker and an Italian-thinker, she created the column In Other Words as a truce between two languages that are much better off while sharing the brain.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3990 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Publisher: The Florentine Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RIRDEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's no wallflower August 11, 2009
Format:Paperback
"Italians Dance and I'm a Wallflower" by Linda Falcone is such a good book that it's a shame that copies are not generally available stateside. Amazon does not stock copies, although Amazon does list other U.S. sellers where one new copy and five used copies are available. Evidently, new copies are available directly from the publisher, The Florentine Press, in Florence, Italy.

The book is a trade paperback, quite thin at approximately 140 pages, with 30 of those pages each devoted mostly to a cartoon drawing by Leo Cardini. The cartoons make their point, but the style sometimes seems a bit silly and takes getting used to. One of the cartoons was prettied up and put on the cover.

The book is much more fun and far more valuable than the drawings. Linda Falcone is a spicy, insightful writer with a bushel of memorable and good things to say about the Italian language and culture. Everyone who has been to Italy or plans to go there, or who is studying the language, will find what she has to say entertaining and most helpful.

Right off the bat, I have to say that the cover disturbs me, as it will most Americans, and most surprisingly it is intended to. If you are taking your date, whether your wife, girlfriend, acquaintance, or fiancée to a pizzeria, trattoria, or whatever restaurant, you are not going to tell her, "Don't worry, Honey, I reserved a table for three: me, you, and this thing here," the thing in question being a zit, pimple, or facial blemish. I'm sorry, that statement would be rude and insulting.

Ms. Falcone acknowledges the point, but says that Italians would call it "being sincere." If you are too short, too fat, too tall, pigeon-toed, or somehow off the norm, let's just get straight to it: I know it, you know it, everybody knows it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars delightful , entertaining & probably all true!! June 28, 2014
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Love this book! Much of it was corroborated by my daughter who studied abroad in Florence then worked for 2 years in a research library there. As I intend to spend a year living in Firenze myself, this was a wonderful introduction to helping me understand the culture I will be immersed in! Brava Linda, ė grazie mille!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets... Of Italian Culture.. A must read ! June 14, 2014
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If you have been to Italy.. You'll love this fun filled little book of their hidden tidbits about the culture! A fun summer "Read"
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Linda Falcone is a language teacher who loves the rhythm of irregular verbs as much as the sound of rain on the roof. For over fifteen years, she has taught non-native speakers of all ages and walks of life: from Montessori pre-school tikes and incorrigible military cadets to up-and-coming bankers and soon-to-be fashion designers. Her favorites are classes tailored to professional associations: groups of genius scientists, the local police force, museum guards, taxi-driver associations and even those who sit in European toll booths and need English as they wait for change.

Born in northern California, she was raised in a bi-cultural family and is currently celebrating eighteen years of permanent Italian living. She believes in full amphitheatres in spring, empty beaches in autumn and newspaper articles year-round that reek of new ink and speak of loveliness.


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