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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: LIFE (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985338741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985338749
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Chris Brady is a NY Times best-selling author, speaker, humorist, and businessman. His books include "Launching a Leadership Revolution" (co-authored with Orrin Woodward), "Rascal", "A Month of Italy", "PAiLS", and several other titles on leadership and success. He has sold over one million books in six languages.

Chris is a principle Founder of LIFE Leadership Inc., has served on its Board of Directors since its inception, and is the CEO and Creative Director. He is also the Executive Publisher of Obstacles Press, and one of the Founders of All Grace Outreach, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Originally educated as an engineer, Mr. Brady received his BA in Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University and his Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University as a General Motors Fellow, with Master's Thesis work completed at Toyohashi University in Japan.

Chris is an avid motorized adventurer, world traveler, private pilot, community builder, soccer fan, Christian, and dad.

He also has one of the world's most unique resumes; including experience with a live bug in his ear, walking through a paned-glass window, chickening out from the high-dive in elementary school, destroying the class ant-farm in third grade, losing a spelling bee on the word "use," jack-hammering his foot, and more recently - sinking his snowmobile in a lake.

If you can't find Chris speaking in front of a live audience, or in his office writing, or in a bookstore, or playing with his children, or on the sideline of a soccer pitch, or in the hills of Tuscany, or out on the lake, try looking in the following Online locations:

www.chrisbrady.com
www.christopherjamesbrady.com
www.twitter.com/rascaltweets
www.facebook.com/christopherjamesbrady
www.linkedin.com/in/cjbrady
www.amonthofitaly.com
www.launchingaleadershiprevolution.com
www.rascalbook.com

Chris has been recognized by INC. Magazine as among the Top 50 Leadership and Management experts. He is listed among the Top 100 Authors to Follow on Twitter. Online Masters Degree Programs chose his blog for a Masters Award in Leadership, which was also selected as a Top Management Resource for 2012, as well as being listed in the Top 150 Management and Leadership Blogs. In 2010 he was awarded the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.

Chris and his wife Terri have four children and live in North Carolina.

Customer Reviews

She started reading it right away and she was laughing out loud!
Joe Darkangelo
The scenic descriptions make the reader feel like they are along with the Brady family, seeing the panoramic views and lovely sights.
Catherine J. Kilpatrick
Here are my running thoughts as I read through the book: * Great first sentence and paragraph.
Oliver Demille

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Art Jonak on July 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Chris Brady redefines the "American Dream" by using his humorous, fun-filled, family adventure in Italy to show how to revitalize your life in today's fast paced world. He accurately describes it all - Italy's culture, beauty, history... it's a spell-binding lesson in learning how to live again, with real purpose.

Brady plunges into the unknown to rediscover his own passion for life, while navigating the crazy roads of Italy and feasting like a king. You can't stop turning the pages to hear first hand how he navigates the harrowing roads of Italy, feasts like a king on traditional Tuscan food, and banters with the Italians like a native - with a entertaining mishaps along the way. A guide to traveling, Italy, and life itself.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Demille VINE VOICE on July 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading A Month of Italy and I am a fan! Who would have thought that a book on vacationing would turn into and introspective journey about work and career, family and our most important relationships? It's like the whole book is an allegory or parable on life and leadership. I'll read it again and again, and I'll read it on the plane on every vacation I ever go on. Don't leave home without it!

Here are my running thoughts as I read through the book:

* Great first sentence and paragraph. It really pulls me in and makes me want to read. I feel like I'm there. The use of first person present tense really sets the tone. I can't wait to read this.

* Ditto on the preface. I love how short it is, it really pulls me in. Like I said, I can't wait to read this.

Wow. Most people only spend 37 seconds a day with kids! This really makes the point of the chapter.

* Love the "down time" segment. Thomas Jefferson took time off every day to go for a walk in the woods. He hardly ever missed a day. That long walk made everything else go better.

Finished with the introduction. Again, I am totally engrossed and can't wait to read the rest. I called my wife to read a section, and we spent some time discussing our next vacation. I want to read the rest of this book right now.

On chapter 5 now. I love the shortness of each chapter! It's perfect. And the lists at the end of each chapter are excellent. "Big vehicle on a small road..." LOL.

"All journeys have secret destinations..." Great quote, and it applies to a lot more than travel.

"What's a GPS?" That's a GREAT quote!

Just finished chapter 12. Now the thoughts are coming fast and furious.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joe Darkangelo on July 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
"A Month of Italy" authored by Chris Brady, is one of the most entertaining books that I have ever read! I started reading it on a plane last week and the person sitting next to me kept on looking at me because I was laughing out loud, seriously!! I returned from my trip and told my wife Laura about it. She started reading it right away and she was laughing out loud! I have never seen this happen. I also learned so much from this great read! My family is now planning another trip to Italy.
Enjoy!
Joe Darkangelo
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darren M. on July 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Wow, what a fun and entertaining book. I read it in one sitting; catching myself laughing out loud where my wife and kids got annoyed. This is not a book for the serious minded person. This book is for the person that is happy and enjoys the sillyness of everyday life and especially in a foreign land where only your kids and wife will really know the true you.

What a breathe of fresh air. I had never wanted to see Tuscany until I read Mr. Brady's book. All the previous books I read about Tuscany made it sound so boring. Thank you Mr. Brady for sharing with us how a family can truly enjoy themselves on a family vacation. Ciao! Darren Martin
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Mattis on August 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
Life blows by if You don't learn to take time out to heal, recharge & think. This is a must read for any Parent / Spouse. There are so many needed lessons in this book. I've given many copies as gifts to people I love. How cool is the idea of time slowing down with no end date. Wow thank You Mr Brady - Chris Mattis
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg Frucci on July 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
Way more than a travel book, "A Month of Italy", never left me bored and waiting for the cool place or story to pop up. This was a fun read. The stories of Chris Brady and his family exploring Italy over a month as Americans in Europe left me with a profound desire to travel back there, find a villa in Tuscany, rent a motorcycle and get lost in the countryside. The author has a humorous way of telling a story which will generate many images in the mind. Even his descriptions of food made me want to jump on a plane and go get something to eat in an out of the way little village...right now.

If you have ever been to Italy before, reading this book will bring back so many familiar feelings of travelling there, even if you haven't been to the exact places he writes about. Only a few places he mentioned I have actually visited, yet the overall ambiance of being there stayed with me as I read the book. And if you have never been to Italy and wish to go for a visit, the read may get you to focus on making it happen sooner than you anticipated...plus you will laugh out loud.

The author speaks of his real attraction to Italy being the people and their ways. Mine too. There is no rush about Life there like there is here in most of the United States. Oh, sure...in the cities there are traffic jams and some negative people just like any place...but in Italy, there exists a "chilled out level" that is solely Italian. Go and see for yourself perhaps...and read this very funny book as a primer before you get there.

I'm giving the book 5 stars because I could not put it down except when something interrupted me. Few books have ever made me laugh like this one while at the same time created thinking in my core being about how to live life. The book is listed as "Travel/Humor"...I would add "Philosophy".
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