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Life on a Gelato Diet: Everyday Expeditions with an American in Bolzano, Italy Paperback – April 18, 2014
About the Author
L. Lee McIntyre is an American photographer born in New Jersey, who went from spending summers as a child travelling up and down the Eastern United States to roaming around the world. At last count, she's been to 5 continents and lived in 5 different countries; she's travelled and taken photographs in at least 20 more. Along the way, she worked as a pianist, musical director, freelance journalist, visiting professor of Linguistics, ESL teacher, and software designer before turning to photography fulltime. Lee currently lives in Germany, where she writes books, takes photos, conducts photography workshops, and gives lectures on the history of American photography, when she's not busy trying to master doing all sorts of everyday expeditions in German -- but without that daily scoop of gelato. To celebrate the release of her book "Life on a Gelato Diet," Lee is offering a free companion photoblog with photos from Bolzano, Italy at http://www.clfoto.net/gelatodiet/.
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L. Lee McIntyre displays her adventurous spirit during seemingly benign shopping searches which evolve into arduous quests. I especially enjoyed the entertaining mushroom conspiracy, laundry Olympics, the organization of the supermarkets, and the endless search for a razor. Ms. McIntyre’s creative communication abilities are boundless. Who knew a shredder could be expressed as “a machine that broke paper into small pieces.”
This is Italy, so she sprinkles the book with delectable descriptions of the local cuisine. Avocado gelato or pizza with potatoes, anyone? The book, like the Italian cooking depicted, is “simply tasty and satisfying.”
Not the usual tourist fluff, but an insight into life in another part of the world.
Having moved to Italy myself a little over 3 years ago from California, Lee's descriptions of life in Italy made me relive what I experienced when I first came. It's the people you meet, the little customs like stores closed between 12:30pm and 3pm, or the empty streets on Sundays either because people are at church or watching soccer on TV :)
Fabulous book, I highly recommend it. Thanks Lee for having remembered for us what it's like to live in Italy.