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Times New Roman: How We Quit Our Jobs, Gave Away Our Stuff & Moved to Italy Paperback – September 27, 2016
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"What a clever title for a memoir that enables the reader to imagine he or she is living in Rome! Author Martha Miller explains how she and her husband used their 21-Month Plan, which included forgoing stops at Starbucks, to prepare for a year in Italy. The reader will enjoy the author's friendship with Gabrielle, a well-heeled French marquise married to an Italian. Gabrielle presents Miller with a portal into the life of the elite, and the author describes her findings with grace. We cannot help but like Gabrielle or, for that matter, dislike Signore Green Thumb who makes life unpleasant on the rooftop. I liked Miller's description of the difficulty she found in taking Italian classes as well as her presentation of other students. The outside world does not interfere in this book save for the tragic moment of the World Trade Center attack. I enjoyed reading about Italian TV as well as dogs in churches and the lady Miller sees at church (and on the street) with a pet ferret. Miller's graceful reflections extend to her Acknowledgements, which other writers will find beautiful; she makes it clear that no writer creates a perfect work alone. This memoir of a year in Italy is one that travel readers will find very engaging. The cover art is perfect and the testimonials on the back work well." Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards judge
From the Author
Times New Roman: How We Quit Our Jobs, Gave Away Our Stuff & Moved to Italy is a memoir of the nearly two years my husband and I lived in Rome, Italy, August 2001 -- May 2003. The title, Times New Roman, has two meanings. First, John and I, in effect, act as new Romans by transplanting ourselves and becoming inhabitants of Rome, at least for 21 months. Second, Times New Roman is a well-known font type, which represents my realized dream of becoming a published writer while living in Rome. In some instances, names were changed to protect the privacy of friends.