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The Law: A Novel Set in Apulia, Southern Italy

by Roger Vailland

“Makes Mario Puzo’s works look rather tame.”- Antonia Fraser

“The Law is an experience I will not easily forget.” – V.S. Naipaul

Now back in print, Roger Vailland’s atmospheric 1957 novel won the Prix Goncourt, and the Knopf edition was a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. The grotesque game of the Law, played in the taverns of southern Italy, is but a shadow of an even fiercer attitude to life-a potent metaphor for a vigorously hierarchical view of existence which rules over the mezzogiorno, the noonday culture of southern Italy. In this novel we are not asked to pardon or condemn the passion of Donna Lucrezia, the assured self-centeredness of the learned aristocrat Don Cesare or even the sinister desires of Matteo Brigante, the controlling godfather.

The Castle of Otranto

by Horace Walpole

One of the first great gothic novels, and one of the most influential books in literary history, this thrilling tale abounds in adventure, suspense, and supernatural occurrences. In a realm where a villain reigns, mysterious events aid in fulfilling a prophecy that spells doom for the ruler and justice for the rightful heir.

Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy

by Chris Harrison

After falling in love with la bella Daniela, Chris Harrison uproots his life to follow her to her small hometown on the coast of Puglia and live la dolce vita. Can their relationship possibly survive the eccentric cast of characters they encounter or will the sweet life turn sour? This is an enchanting tale of amore, Italian style.

The Night Falling

by Katherine Webb

Puglia, Italy, 1921. Leandro returns home now a rich man with a glamorous American wife, determined to make his mark. But how did he get so wealthy – and what haunts his outwardly exuberant wife? Boyd, quiet English architect, is hired to build Leandro’s dreams. But why is he so afraid of Leandro, and what really happened between them years before, in New York? Clare, Boyd’s diffident wife, is summoned to Puglia with her stepson. At first desperate to leave, she soon finds a compelling reason to stay. Ettore, starving, poor and grieving for his lost fiancée, is too proud to ask his Uncle Leandro for help. Until events conspire to force his hand. Tensions are high as poverty leads veterans of the Great War to the brink of rebellion. And under the burning sky, a reckless love and a violent enmity will bring brutal truths to light…

Flavors of Puglia: Traditional Recipes from the Heel of Italy’s Boot

by Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Nancy Harmon Jenkins, author of the Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, has at last taken on the food of Puglia, and through that portal we catch glimpses of the country’s people, culture, and history. For Jenkins is no mere cookbook author, and Flavors of Puglia is no bottomless sump of recipes cast willy-nilly upon the page. She brings a keen intellect to her work as well as a passion for food, people, and the connections that can be made at a well-laid table–connections unlike any others. She is an anthropologist of the human soul as revealed through food, and the recipes she selects push the reader into a much deeper understanding of the soul of Puglia than would otherwise be possible. And the bonus? The sheer simplicity and deliciousness of it all.

Puglia: A Culinary Memoir (Italy’s Food Culture)

by Maria Pignatelli Ferrante, tr. Natalie Danford

First published in Italy as part of a highly regarded culinary series, this book is now available in English. Apulian author Maria Pignatelli Ferrante skillfully weaves regional history and personal anecdotes together with over 250 classic Apulian recipes that follow an Italian meal from primi piatti to dolci. Apulian recipes will surprise and delight cooks of all persuasions as they savor classic orecchiette, lampascioni, local lamb and pork specialties, pettole and taralli, holiday sweets, and a wonderful array of marmalades and liqueurs.

Casa Rossa

by Francesca Marciano


(Pantheon, 2002)

This is the mesmerizing story of three generations of a 20th-century Italian family. Casa Rossa, a red farmhouse in Apulia, belongs to Alina Strada. As she prepares the house to be sold, she pieces together the fragments of her family’s past and the lives of three extraordinary women. Encompassing World War II, la dolce vita of Rome in the 1950s, the political instability and terrorism of the 1970s, and the New York City art world of the 1908s, it projects the consequences of family secrets, explores human emotions and evokes remarkable images of Italy.