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Italian Life Rules
Italian Life Rules
by Ann Reavis
Edition: Paperback
6 used & new from $108.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't head for Italy without it!, January 6, 2015
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An indispensable guide for foreigners to the unspoken code of Italian daily life. Reavis's witty and insightful essays on what to do and, just as importantly, not to do can spare visitors embarrassing moments and enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of life Italian style.


Dream of Venice
Dream of Venice
by JoAnn Locktov
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.00
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars to the delight of an early morning jog with only the fishermen ..., December 9, 2014
This review is from: Dream of Venice (Hardcover)
A dream of a book! I haven't been in Venice for decades but this dazzling book swept me back--to the amazement of walking from the train station into a shimmering, watery world, to the delight of an early morning jog with only the fishermen up and about, to the glory of a full moon blazing in the night sky. Thank you, JoAnn, for inviting me to be part of your "Dream team" and for making the dream come true!


My Home Sweet Rome: Living (and Loving) in the Eternal City
My Home Sweet Rome: Living (and Loving) in the Eternal City
by Sari Gilbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a woman! What a story!, April 2, 2014
Like many, I’ve dreamed of working in Rome, meeting the most fascinating people in the city, immersing myself in its daily rhythms. Over forty years as a journalist in Rome, Sari Gilbert has done it all, and her memoir reads like a Hollywood script. Her experiences—personal as well as professional—are vast; her observations unflinching; her insights keen.

Sari's was the path most of us couldn’t or didn’t take. So happy that she allows us to follow her footsteps and vicariously experience a sweet (and sometimes less so) Roman life.


On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and Other Extreme Environments
On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and Other Extreme Environments
by Alison Levine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.16
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wise, warm and witty saga of a woman who has pushed beyond all limits to reach the top of the world, January 7, 2014
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When I interviewed Alison years ago as the former Wall Street trader prepared to lead the first women’s expedition up Mount Everest, I thought she was one of the most impressive, inspiring, courageous and dynamic young women I’d ever met. Since then she has conquered new frontiers—including the highest peaks on every continent and both the South and North Poles—and taught the leadership and success skills acquired on her (literally) uphill battles to business professionals and military cadets. This terrific, engaging book captures Alison’s spirit, commitment, smarts, insights and—yes—humor in an enlightening manual designed to bring out the best in all of us. Brava, Alison, for your big dreams, big heart and big accomplishments!


The Iron & The Loom
The Iron & The Loom

5.0 out of 5 stars An Italian epic, December 18, 2013
"Flavia Ida, born and raised in Italy, skillfully recounts an epic story that brings to life a chapter in her native country through indelible characters, a gripping plot, exciting adventure, a great love story and authentic details. We can almost smell the lemons, "small yellow suns," and see the towns "clustering white as doves" as we follow the spirited heroine Kallyna whose life, like her loom, captures the colors and textures of a long-lost time. A stirring historical romance that will entrance readers.


Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II
by Wil S. Hylton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.43
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable story of war and remembrance, November 6, 2013
A terrific true story terrifically told--meticulously researched, deeply felt, eloquent written. A fitting tribute to the generation of airmen who fought in WW II and to the generations that have never let their memories die.


I'll Stand By You: One Woman's Mission to Heal the Children of the World
I'll Stand By You: One Woman's Mission to Heal the Children of the World
by Elissa Montanti
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Story, Remarkable Spirit, August 8, 2012
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When I first covered Elissa's story as a reporter years ago, she'd helped about twenty children whose bodies and lives had been shattered by bombs and explosives. "That's all?" an editor asked. "That's twenty more than you and me," I said.

In the years since Elissa has helped more than 150 children get new arms, legs, eyes and rebuild lives of joy and hope. This uplifting book, as wonderful and warm as Elissa herself, tells the remarkable story of a huge-hearted woman who repeatedly defied all odds to help the youngest, neediest victims of war and violence. Elissa's radiant spirit shines through its pages, but the faces and the stories that will stay with you belong to the children that she indeed has stood by and helped to heal. Brava, Elissa! La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language


The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen
The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen
by Frances Mayes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.20
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scrumptious Slice of Tuscan Life, March 24, 2012
The "bard of Tuscany" and her husband have captured the sweet and savory joys of Italian food and friendship in a cookbook that dazzles the eye, tempts the taste buds and warms the soul with its generous spirit. The next best thing to a long meal with friends on a Tuscan terrace. Look, read, cook, invite, enjoy! La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language


Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
by Toby Lester
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!, February 12, 2012
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With rigorous research, inspired insight and graceful writing, Toby Lester brings to light--and life--an unexplored dimension of Leonardo's genius. A tour de force for lovers of art, science, history, Italy and great story-telling. Yes, the plates add much to the text, and I highly recommend the paper rather than the digital edition. I find myself going back and savoring them again and again.

La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language


An Italian Journey ~ A Harvest of Revelations in the Olive Groves of Tuscany ~ A Pretty Girl, Seven Tuscan Farmers, and a Roberto Rossellini Film ~ Bella Scoperta
An Italian Journey ~ A Harvest of Revelations in the Olive Groves of Tuscany ~ A Pretty Girl, Seven Tuscan Farmers, and a Roberto Rossellini Film ~ Bella Scoperta
by James Ernest Shaw
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-warming voyage, January 27, 2012
There is a bit of Italian, I believe, in everyone's soul and many different ways to discovering and enjoying this special spirit. In AN ITALIAN JOURNEY, James Ernest Shaw takes us along on a voyage, not just into Italy's heart, but his own. Shaw sought to connect with Italians by working side-by-side with them in Tuscan olive fields. But he harvested far more than a seasonal crop. Italy's people are indeed even more marvelous that their land, and Shaw's book is a worthy tribute to them.

If you're planning a trip to Italy, read this so you don't miss out on the Italy that tours never visit. If you're staying at home, just sit back and enjoy the ride. Preferably with a nice Tuscan wine at your side.


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