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Up at the Villa is more than a travel memoir - it is a book about exploration and education. In a unique way, Dini Jenkins illustrates her journeys through multiple locations and with various genres. From poetry and narrative, to learning guides and directions, the author paints pictures with words, inviting the reader to learn with her as well as about her. Most important, the book invites the reader to relate, which she does successfully with each chapter.

Dini Jenkins sets the book's ultimate thread as her relationship with her husband. However, it does not reveal every detail of their relationship in a linear way. With each location they visit or revisit, she describes their interpersonal interactions, sometimes with judgment and other times using simple observation. She ultimately describes the progress they make in their relationship as a journey of learning about each other, whether by enjoying a sunset in Italy or revisiting his hometown in South Orange, New Jersey.

Dini Jenkins' style is detailed, regardless of the particular genre in which she writes a chapter. Yet, she avoids often trite travel memoir styles by providing personal context about the unique history of a location, landmarks, menus, or traveling in groups. Similarly the accompanying photographs display unique angles to a location, such as two Vermont cows with the caption "Ben and Jerry's." Once again, the reader relates. At the close of the book, she shares "how to" or "why go" guides about each location. The details surpass any traditional travel guide; they simply pull out a single theme, from a unique Tuscan recipe or antique art that can't be missed.

Finally, Dini Jenkins invites the readers to finish their stories by providing space at the back of the book for the reader to share their own thoughts and learnings about personal travel or to paste ticket stubs from choice locations. While she calls her writings "subjective," this simple portion of the book reminds readers that all of us share individual truths about our environment and how it's shaped us. She leaves no stone unturned in this honest, educational and inspirational piece.

Armchair Interviews agrees. --Armchair Interviews, November 24, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Great Little Books, LLC; 1 edition (December 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979066123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979066122
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,569,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Essayist, poet and playwright Linda Dini Jenkins is the author of two full-length books, Up at the Villa: Travels with my Husband and Journey of a Returning Christian: Writing Into God. As a travel writer, her work appears regularly in Dream of Italy newsletter, Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper and Healthcare Traveler magazine, as well as on her own blog at Travel the Write Way.

Her poetry has been published in a wide range of journals, newspapers and literary magazines, including Vermont Voices, South Florida Poetry Review, Phoebe: A Journal of Feminist Scholarship Theory & Aesthetics, Poeti italo-americani e italo-canadesi, Tampa Review, Peregrine, Writer to Writer, Color Wheel/Mink Hills Journal, Bay Windows and Christmas Blessings.

Linda is also the author of the one-act play, "Things I Never Told My Mother" and is co-author, with Barbara Worton, of the highly acclaimed play, "If I'm Talking, Why Aren't You Listening?" She lives in Midlothian, Virginia with her husband, Timothy and their dog, Maxine. She can be packed in five minutes.

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This is an easy and fun read!
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It is truly a special book, just as Linda is a special person with an open heart and a keen mind.
Thinker56
I found it to be a pretty book as well--beautifully designed and illustrated.
Eager Traveler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
As a traveler to Italy, these stories really resonated with me. At the same time, Jenkins has opened another world of possibilities to me. She is clearly willing to go off the beaten path--insipring to say the least-- and can find adventure in the most unusual places--like fish markets and lace museums. She also demonstrates how traveling with others--even those quite different from oneself--can provide a window into one's own heart and spirit. I found it to be a pretty book as well--beautifully designed and illustrated. And the pictures make me long for my next trip--to anywhere!
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When Linda Jenkins tells a story, it feels like you are part of the journey. Her description of her travels with her husband, Tim and their travelling companions are very vivid but easy to read. Because she has an open mind, she always finds something humorous in things new or unknown to her and is written without prejudice. Her poetry is like art. It reads like prose but is written in stanzas like a song. It is beautiful! My husband and I found great pleasure in reading her journeys.
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A truly lovely book and wonderful read. The illustrations, photos, poems, recipes, Italian language and restaurant guide.....all very helpful and beautifully done. I LOVED the poems and vignettes that went along with the adventures shared with Tim. I plan to use it as my guide on our next trip and to look beyond the "touristy' things to do. I laughed right out loud, sighed, smiled regularly and savored the contents. Hats off Linda Dini Jenkins!
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By Thinker56 on April 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
This review will be somewhat slanted in that I know Linda. She and Tim are good friends of my brother, Jim, whom she mentions on pg. 124 and who gave me this book for a gift. It is truly a special book, just as Linda is a special person with an open heart and a keen mind. Knowing her or not would not change how much I have enjoyed each moment along with her on her journeys through this relaxing and fun read. Hi, Linda and thanks!
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By M. Vice on February 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Up at the Villa: Travels with My Husband

It is filled with useful facts, colorful descriptions of the people, sights, sounds of Italy, and even recipes, though I dont recommend the garden snails. The travel adventures shared by the author and her effervescent hubsand is one of the best gifts offered to readers married and single alike. This book is a joy to read.
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