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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Inc (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885211163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885211163
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,946,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Travelers' Tales is a valuable addition to any pre-departure reading list." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Calcagno's first novel LOVE LIKE A DOG has just won three awards. Set in
contemporary Chicago, this page-turner tells the story of Dirk & his single
father and how, in rescuing a pit bull, they find themselves face to face with
the most difficult of decisions. LOVE LIKE A DOG won the prestigious
first prize for a First Novel Award from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards,
as well as being a finalist in their Animal/Pets category. It was furthermore
awarded a bronze medal in the Great Lakes Regional Fiction category at the 15th
Annual ceremony of Independent Publishers Book Awards. The novel also received
Honorable Mention in the General Fiction category from the San Francisco Book
Festival. One Top 500 Reviewer notes: "The prose is fluid, easy-to-read, and
superbly written." Another claims: "this [is] a heart warming, beautifully
written novel that will pull at your heartstrings."

For stories in her collection Pray For Yourself (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press) Anne Calcagno received the San Francisco Foundation Phelan Literary Award, an NEA Fellowship and two Illinois Arts Council Awards. Her fiction has appeared in The North American Review, TriQuarterly, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, and other publications. She won a 2003 Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for her story "What's Yours?" published in Other Voices. Her stories have been anthologized in the Penguin book of Italian American Writing, Fiction of the Eighties, The Milk of Almonds and American Fiction, Vol 2. She has given over sixty readings and lectures throughout the country. Calcagno is currently writing an historical novel "Struck By Dina," set in Eritrea and Saudi Arabia, about Mussolini's failed colonization of East Africa.

A dual national, Italian and American, Calcagno is Editor of Travelers Tales: Italy (Travelers Tales, 1998, 2001) which won Foreward's Silver Medal for Best Travel Book of the Year. She wrote the preface to Travelers Tales: Tuscany. Her nonfiction and travel writing have appeared in The New York Times. the Italian American Historical Society, New City, The Saudi Gazette, the Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Tribune and In The Middle of The Middle West.

Calcagno teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute. She lives in Chicago, is married, and the mother of two tireless young people. She can be seen walking her Am Staff & her German Shepherd.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan Kamlet on March 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
The stories in this anthology truly capture the anomaly that is Italy -- mysterious and obvious, beautiful and ugly, sacred and profane -- as well as the "pull" that Italy has on those of us who were not born to it, but have adopted it in our hearts. I loved the juxtaposition of contemporary stories with quotations from travelers to Italy in past times.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jill Clardy on October 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
Having just returned from my first trip to Italy a few months ago, I'm still reliving the memories and soaking up information about the people and places in this enthralling country. Although you can't "get beneath the surface" and truly understand the culture during a 2-week bus tour, my armchair traveling since returning has deepened the experience for me and made me eager to return.

The essays in Travelers' Tales allowed me to validate my own experiences and learn about others experiences and impressions of Italy. From interesting, educational and insightful to downright hilarious, I enjoyed every one of the essays. The difficulties of banking and understanding the tax laws, the challenges of traffic, the misconceptions about people in southern Italy, appreciating the churches, artwork and food of Italy are topics revealed by the various contributing authors.

I highly recommend this collection to anyone who has traveled to Italy, is contemplating a trip to Italy, or will never get any further than armchair traveling. There's something for everyone in Travelers'Tales.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book, like all of the Traveler's Tales books, is the product of thoughtful editing. Here are stories of real people in Italy. And each one seeks to show the beauty and complexity of the place. These are not just the stock images here. These are beautiful, sometimes intense stories about a place that, for so many, is out of reach. This book is a journey. Good, Bad, Ugly and perfect, flaws and all. Read it, enjoy and then, go.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By msoar@pacifier.com on April 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
50 short essays divided into 4 sections: the first 2 sections, "Essence of Italy" and "Some Things To Do" have the most appealing, simpatico, essays (though be warned that "The Nicholas Effect" in the last chapter is heartrending without trying to be). Several essays prompted me to buy the books they were excerpted from.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shari Hoover on October 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Some folks take themselves too seriously..but enough of those reviewers. I think of these stories as little after-dinner treats. Something to savor after a long day dealing with the real world, knowing in these days of a bad economy and terrorism and jobliness, my chances of getting to Italy are slim. I enjoy the vicarious experience of savoring these adventures-travels in a country that I was never born into, but yearn for all the same.
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