The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales (Banner Books)

By Elizabeth Spencer

Elizabeth Spencer is captivated by way of Italy. For her it's been a moment domestic. A one-time resident who returns there, this native-born Mississippian has came across Italy to be a fascinating land whose tradition lends itself powerfully to her creative vision.

Some of her so much acclaimed paintings is determined there. Her American characters come upon yet by no means fairly thoroughly comply with the mysteries of the Italian mores. gathered right here in a single quantity are Spencer's six Italian stories. Their plots are so fascinating and enigmatic that Boccaccio may were charmed by way of their pleasant ironies and their sinister contrasts of darkish and light.

Spencer is grounded in bases-Italy and the yankee South. Her characters too, regularly Southerners, rove looking for connection and fulfillment.

In The gentle within the Piazza (a novella which has turn into either Spencer's signature piece and a Hollywood movie) a stranger from North Carolina, touring together with her appealing daughter, encounters the intoxicating great thing about sunlit Florence and discovers a deep clash within the ethical hassle it provides. "I imagine this paintings has nice charm," Spencer has acknowledged, "and it most likely is the true factor, a piece written less than nice compulsion, whereas i used to be lower than the spell of Italy. however it took me, all advised, a couple of month to write."

In Knights and Dragons (another novella and a significant other piece to The gentle within the Piazza) an American girl in Rome and Venice struggles for unlock from her husband's sinister keep watch over over her. Spencer units this story within the chilly and wintry darkish and the following portrays the opposite face of Italy. In "The Cousins," "The Pincian Gate," "The White Azalea," and "The Visit," Spencer indicates the phenomenal artistry that has merited approval for her as considered one of America's top notch writers of the fast story.

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Italian Food Safari

By Maeve O'Meara

Following on from final Christmas’s best-seller foodstuff Safari, comes the sure-fire spoil hit Italian foodstuff Safari. Italian nutrition Safari is the much-awaited subsequent dinner party within the attractive SBS nutrition Safari series…a get together of the marvelous breadth and difficult paintings of the Italians who got here and settled in Australia and feature saved their nutrients traditions intact. commute back with Maeve O’Meara and mythical Melbourne chef man Grossi as they spend time with Australia’s most sensible Italian cooks and manufacturers round Australia. Set round Australia and protecting the 4 seasons, Italian meals Safari introduces you to the concrete backyards filled with ample tomato and basil vegetation, the snug domestic kitchens the place masterpieces are whipped up, the based eating places packed with scrumptious cooking aromas, the professional providores and wide delis, bakeries, cheese-makers and pasticcerias. a number of the world’s such a lot celebrated Italian culinary masterpieces function along appealing rustic kinfolk favourites. supplying basic foolproof recipes that anybody can cook dinner at domestic, it’s a scrumptious trip into Italy making discoveries that may encourage any prepare dinner. furthermore, man Grossi stocks a few of his family’s so much respected recipes for normal favourites from the North to the South of Italy. Italian meals Safari celebrates all of the outstanding wealth of Italian tradition – the pioneering households construction their wood-fired ovens, becoming a lot in their produce within the early days and retaining meals on the centre of kinfolk lifestyles, a convention all of us treasure.

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Trieste And The Meaning Of Nowhere

By Jan Morris

Here's a e-book for fans of all issues Italian. This urban at the Adriatic has continually tantalized Jan Morris with its moodiness and changeability. After vacationing Trieste for greater than part a century, she has come to determine it as a touchstone for her pursuits and preoccupations: towns, seas, empires. It has even come to mirror her personal existence in its loves, disillusionments, and thoughts. Her meditation at the position is ordinarily layered with historical past and sprinkled with tales of recognized viewers from James Joyce to Sigmund Freud. A lyrical travelogue, Trieste and the that means of Nowhere is additionally significant cultural background and the end result of a unique career-"an stylish and bittersweet farewell" (Boston Globe).

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Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi

By Geoff Andrews

'I recognize of no ebook in English committed with such concentration and intensity on Berlusconi’s politics. ... Geoff Andrew's take hold of of political tradition is profound and reflective.' Gino Bedani, study Professor in Italian, college of Swansea

'[Andrews offers] strangely penetrating insights ... superbly written.' Jim Newell, Reader in Politics, college of Salford

Not a regular state explores Italian politics and tradition within the period of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s richest guy and one among its longest serving best ministers. Geoff Andrews argues that the ‘Berlusconi phenomenon’ was once a populist reaction to frequent cynicism in the direction of politics. Berlusconi posed as an ‘anti-politician’, and established his charm on his virtues as a salesperson instead of a statesman.

The moment a part of the e-book discusses the numerous competition to Berlusconi. This levels from the anti-global demonstrations in Genoa in 2001 to unconventional protests resembling the Girotondo move led by way of the movie director Nanni Moretti. based on Andrews, this new associationism has helped rebuild Italian politics.

Finally, Andrews seems to the long run and, during the examples of anti-mafia protests in Sicily in addition to competition to the Americanisation of Italian tradition, considers the customers for the hot post-Berlusconi Italy.

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Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir

By Frances Mayes

A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, approximately coming of age within the Deep South and the region’s strong impact on her life.

The writer of 3 cherished books approximately her lifestyles in Italy, together with Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning issues that outlined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. together with her signature variety and beauty, Mayes explores the ability of panorama, the assumption of domestic, and the lasting strength of a chaotic and loving relatives.

From her years as a lively, secretive baby, via her collage studies—a interval of beautiful freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and a love of travel—to her get away to a brand new lifestyles in California, Mayes exuberantly recreates the serious relationships of her earlier, recounting the sour and candy tales of her complex family members: her appealing but fragile mom, Frankye; her unpredictable father, Garbert; Daddy Jack, whose existence Garbert stored; grandmother mom Mayes; and the kin maid, Frances’s confidant Willie Bell.

Under Magnolia is a searingly sincere, funny, and relocating ode to relations and position, and a considerate meditation at the methods they outline us, or reason us to outline ourselves. With acute sensory language, Mayes relishes the beauty of the South, the smells and tastes at her family members desk, the perfume of her place of origin bushes, and writes an unforgettable tale of a lady whose perspicacity and dawning self-knowledge lead her out of the South and into the remainder of the area, after which to a profound go back home.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Egypt in Italy: Visions of Egypt in Roman Imperial Culture

By Molly Swetnam-Burland

This ebook examines the urge for food for Egyptian and Egyptian-looking paintings in Italy in the course of the century following Rome's annexation of Aegyptus as a province. within the early imperial interval, Roman curiosity in Egyptian tradition used to be common, as evidenced by way of works starting from the enormous obelisks, delivered to the capital over the Mediterranean Sea by means of the emperors, to in the neighborhood made emulations of Egyptian artifacts present in deepest houses and in temples to Egyptian gods. even if the international visual appeal of those works of art was once significant to their charm, this publication situates them inside of their social, political, and inventive contexts in Roman Italy. Swetnam-Burland specializes in what those works intended to their proprietors and their audience of their new settings, by means of exploring facts for the artists who produced them and through reading their dating to the modern literature that knowledgeable Roman perceptions of Egyptian historical past, customs, and myths.

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Acqua Alta: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

By Donna Leon

In Leon's 5th Commissario Guido Brunetti secret, the thrashing of well known artwork historian Dotoressa Brett Lynch attracts the modern Venetian police detective out of his hot and loving domestic and into the once a year onslaught of acqua alta, the torrential wintry weather rains.

Brett, an American who spearheaded a contemporary exhibition of chinese language pottery in Venice, lives together with her lover, Flavia Petrelli, the reigning diva of l. a. Scala. together with his open brain and reliable feel, Brunetti unearths himself extra fazed by means of Flavia's breathtaking expertise than by way of the nontraditional courting among the 2 girls. Brunetti's planned and humane research to discover a purpose for Brett's beating takes him to darkish, rainy corners of Venice and right into a sinister internet of artwork robbery, fakery and base human desires.

“Every fan’s first-pick Brunetti novel.” —The New Yorker

“Music and artwork mingle delightfully with homicide and mayhem during this very enticing story.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A refined research of emotion and personality… a worldly mystery.” —Library Journal

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101 Places in Italy: A Private Grand Tour: 1001 Unforgettable Works of Art

"The writer has completed the close to impossible…a must-squeeze-into-hand-baggage or the again pack."—House and Garden

"A minor classic."—The instances Literary Supplement

This own, and fantastically well-informed, number of the main lucrative cities, towns, villages, and person monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning tourist. the writer has been traveling Italy, for examine, for paintings, and for excitement, for over fifty years, and is the precise better half if you need to know approximately greater than the most obvious attractions.

As good as comprehensively protecting the best points of interest within the significant vacationer facilities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and in other places, Francis Russell discusses and describes the ignored, or little-known, masterpieces which are nonetheless to be stumbled on the size and breadth of the Italian peninsula. In a publication that may train and astonish the professional as absolutely because it will advisor and tell the first-time customer, the writer chooses and explores palaces and gardens, urban squares and lonely church buildings, frescoes and altarpieces, nice museums and tiny ruins that jointly supply a richly textured portrait of a rustic the place the background and styles of civilization lie extra thickly than anyplace else on earth.

This booklet will immeasurably increase and increase the visitor's event of the main visited kingdom on the planet, by means of advantage of its sensitivity, its knowledge, and its deep wisdom, and by way of its bright, eloquent, and wonderful exposition.

Francis Russell used to be knowledgeable at Oxford. he's deputy chairman of Christies and focuses on outdated grasp and Italian paintings.

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The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery

By D.T. Max

For 2 hundred years a noble Venetian relatives has suffered from an inherited ailment that moves their participants in center age, stealing their sleep, consuming holes of their brains, and finishing their lives in a question of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is almost obliterated by means of a affliction whose leader symptom is uncontrollable laughter. throughout Europe, hundreds of thousands of sheep rub their fleeces uncooked ahead of collapsing. In England, cows assault their proprietors within the milking parlors, whereas within the American West, hundreds of thousands of deer starve to loss of life in fields packed with grass.

What those unusual conditions–including deadly familial insomnia, kuru, scrapie, and mad cow disease–share is their reason: prions. Prions are usual proteins that usually get it wrong, leading to neurological health problems which are consistently deadly. much more mysterious and scary, prions are virtually most unlikely to break simply because they aren't alive and feature no DNA–and the illnesses they carry are actually spreading round the world.

In The kinfolk That Couldn’t Sleep, essayist and journalist D. T. Max tells the spellbinding tale of the prion’s hidden earlier and lethal destiny. via unique interviews and unique archival learn, Max explains this story’s connection to human greed and ambition–from the Prussian chemist Justus von Liebig, who made farm animals meatier via feeding them the flesh of alternative cows, to New Guinean natives whose customized of consuming the brains of the useless approximately wiped them out. The biologists who've investigated those afflictions are only as extraordinary–for instance, Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, a self-described
“pedagogic pedophiliac pediatrician” who cracked kuru and gained the Nobel Prize, and one other Nobel winner, Stanley Prusiner, a pushed, feared self-promoter who pointed out the main protein that revolutionized prion study.

With impressive precision, grace, and sympathy, Max–who himself suffers from an inherited neurological illness–explores maladies that experience tormented humanity for hundreds of years and offers cause to wish that sometime remedies should be came across. And he eloquently demonstrates that during our dating to nature and those illnesses, we've got been our personal worst enemy.

Advance praise

The relations that Couldn’t Sleep is a riveting detective tale that plumbs one of many inner most mysteries of biology. the tale takes the reader from the torments of an Italian kin cursed with sleeplessness to the mad cows of britain (and, now, America), following an not likely path of misfolded proteins. D. T. Max unfolds his soaking up narrative with infrequent grace and makes the technological know-how sing.” –Michael Pollan, writer of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire

“Much has been written approximately prions and Mad Cow Disease–nearly it all is valueless. fortunately, from the area of journalism comes D.T. Max to set issues correct. Throw all these different “Mad Cow” books within the trash: this can be the booklet to examine prions–or no matter what you need to name them. It’s a riveting story, instructed by means of somebody with a truly exact knowing, derived partially from his personal unusual disorder. discover a comfortable spot, transparent your time table and dive in.”
– Laurie Garrett, writer of Betrayal of belief and the arriving Plague

“D. T. Max deftly unfolds the mysterious prion in all its villainous guises. even if scientists don't totally comprehend those proteins–how they reflect and wreak such havoc of their sufferers’ brains–The relatives That Couldn’t Sleep finds their historic, cultural, and clinical position in our global. arrange to be enlightened, entertained, and frightened.”
–Katrina Firlik, MD, writer of Another Day within the Frontal Lobe

“A nice book. D.T. Max has drawn the curtain on a cupboard of folly  and illness that would stagger your imagination.”
– Philip Weiss, writer of American Taboo

“D.T. Max has mixed the enchanting clinical anthropology of Oliver Sacks with the gothic horror of Stephen King to provide a clinical detective tale that's as clever because it is spooky. The villain of The kin That Couldn’t Sleep is the prion, a tiny little protein that motives essentially the most terrifying, brain-mangling, creepy illnesses recognized to guy. consistently fascinating–how may it now not be, on condition that its characters comprise cannibals, mad cows, madder sheep, a Nobel prize-winning pedophile, and, so much poignantly, an Italian kin cursed via deadly insomnia?–Max’s publication is additionally a gripping account of medical discovery, and a heartfelt meditation on what it ability to be cursed with an incurable, and brutal, illness.” – David Plotz, writer of The Genius Factory

From the Hardcover edition.

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Le psicoterapie. Che cosa sono e come possono aiutarci

By Ezio Sanavio

Sono tante le ragioni che possono spingere a rivolgersi a uno psicoterapeuta: eventi stressanti e dolorosi, disturbi come attacchi di panico, ansia incontrollata, anoressia nervosa, disagi di eoppia. Lo psicoterapeuta può rappresentare un supporto consistent with scongiurare il ripetersi di episodi che hanno turbato l. a. nostra vita, ma anche in keeping with migliorarsi ed affrontare le sfide quotidiane. Cosa significa intraprendere una psicoterapia? Quali implicazioni ed esiti può avere? Come si svolgono le sedute e in line with quanto pace si protraggono? L'autore illustra le assorted prassi terapeutiche e spiega che tipo di aiuto ci possono offrire.

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