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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)<br ><br >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)<br ><br >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)<br ><br >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)<br ><br >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

Born in northern California and raised in a bi-cultural family, Linda Falcone is currently celebrating two decades of permanent Italian living. An ex-language teacher who loves the rhythm of irregular verbs as much as the sound of the rain on the roof, she is a lecturer of Italian culture and travel writing for American university programs in Italy. She is also an investigator of idioms, leaving few phrases unturned during her seven-year stint as a cultural columnist for The Florentine. Since 2009, Linda has served as director of the Advancing Women Artists Foundation and co-authored several books and documentaries on women artists including Art by Women in Florence: A Guide through Five Hundred Years and When the World Answered: Florence, Women Artists and the 1966 Flood.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3990 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Publisher: The Florentine Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RIRDEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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"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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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!
Suzie Provo
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super italo centric, the view of Italian culture in this book is summed up pretty well with the statement, "Italy his 90% of the world's art" a preposterously bold statement about how awesome Italy is without much support
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My wife and I have lived in Italy for six years. This book is absolutely true! Written with respect and humor. It made me laugh out loud. Read it, enjoy the culture.
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