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"In this beautiful collection, women share their experiences firsthand, reflecting on the ways France's unique culture has enriched and enchanted their lives."

About the Author

Camille Cusumano is the author of many food and travel articles and several books. She was a senior editor at VIA magazine in San Francisco for seventeen years. She is the editor of Mexico, A Love Story; France, A Love Story; and Italy, A Love Story. She lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (June 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158005143X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580051439
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The editor of this book deserves a lot of credit. She has brought together some wonderful authors here. These are not your standard stories of wealthy women who bought villas in Italy. Nor are they typical stories about the quaintness of the Italian "natives". These are everyday women living and traveling in Italy for diverse reasons. Their stories ring true and honest, and they are, at times, heart-wrenching. The writing is superb. I loved leaving this book by my bedside and reading one story each evening. If you love Italy or dream of visiting Italy, you will love this book.
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I am enjoying the book . It is a perfect read after having returned from a month in Italy. I am able to visualize Matera, Puglia, Otranto, and many other places. I can see myself in many of the experiences contained in the book. Enjoy, enjoy! Wow! I think I can contribute to Cusumano's next book about Italy!
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I collect books on Italy. Many intelligent women have written knowingly and passionately of Italy. Unfortunately, selections from them have not made it into this book. Instead, we are given mercifully short essays by a number of writers which will add nothing to your knowledge of Italy, unless you're in middle school. The one writer of any consequence, Barbara Harrison, would have been embarrrassed by her inclusion.
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I am about half way thru the book. I got it on Kindle and noticed it was double spaced. I believe this is because the book is not that long. Since you have short stories from different authors, you get a variety of writing styles and viewpoints. My favorite so far was the first chapter, a very unique perspective on Italy, thru smells. I skipped the 2nd chapter, just was not interesting to me.

Some of the authors feel they must throw in alot of Italian words and expressions, which is okay if only a few, but one chapter I had a hard time really getting into the story because the author used so many Italian expressions, I had to plow thru and read all the translations. Other authors just told their stories without all the Italian words.

One chapter was extremely heavy on ancient Italian history of which I found boring, so I skipped thru most of that one.
Overall, I think most of the women went to Italy to "find something" that they felt lacking in their lives and most found "something", maybe not what they expected, but they were still moved by the experience. It was interesting to see how others live. As an American, I only know fast paced life as we live here, but this book is a reminder that not everyone lives this way and it was a nice escape and brought me a new appreciation of another culture and a slower way of life, in general. I do hope to visit someday.
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good airplane reading
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