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Omega Plague: Collapse

by P.R. Principe

An airborne strain of the AIDS virus decimates humanity. Bruno Ricasso, an Italian cop, a Carabiniere, struggles to survive on the island of Capri while Europe erupts in flames and society crumbles. But when his solitary existence is broken, Bruno returns to the empty city of Naples in search of answers. Can Bruno find a way to stay alive in the ruins of civilization? Or will Bruno’s past sins prove even more deadly than the Omega Plague?

Racing the Sun: A Novel

by Karina Halle

It’s time for 24-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met. It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, Derio tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones. But when her position as teacher turns into one as full-time nanny at the crumbling old villa, Amber finds herself growing closer to the enigmatic recluse and soon has to choose between the safety of her life back in the States and the uncertainty of Derio’s closely guarded heart.

Murder on the Isle of Capri, Italy (Ryan-Hunter Series Book 4)

by Thomas Donahue & Karen Donahue

American criminology professor Marin Ryan and billionaire computer genius John Hunter are drawn into a homicide investigation when one of Marin’s colleagues is murdered in Italy. Her friend’s historical research uncovered a connection between 16th-century pirates and three present-day wealthy families. In this world of private jets, luxury yachts, and Italian villas, the chase leads Marin and John from Capri to New York to Hawaii and back, putting their lives in constant danger.

Concordia Beata: A Novel of Ancient Rome

by Michael J. Reamy

A year past the midpoint of his reign, Tiberius withdraws from Rome and, in spite of living another 11 years, never returns. Why would the ruler of the Mediterranean world abandon the seat of his power, the most resplendent and cosmopolitan city of the time, in exchange for seclusion on the small island of Capri off the Italian coast? In A.D. 24, a young noblewoman dies under mysterious circumstances. Lucius Calpurnius Piso, a close friend of Tiberius, is charged with uncovering the truth. His investigation touches upon the illegal practice of magic, rivalries among the nobility, the idealism of a young woman, and the interaction between individuals of different social classes. Interwoven in the story are the complicated relationships he shares with members of his own family. Piso uncovers a conspiracy. He also acquires an awareness of the corrosive effect ‘the burdens of empire’ are having upon Tiberius’ personality and of a sinister force exploiting that corrosion. The story intertwines public affairs of state with personal, intimate relationships in a vivid portrayal of the political and social context of the time.

The Jet Set Travel Guide to Capri, Italy

by Jet Set Life

Rob and Kim of JetSetLife.tv show you exactly where to stay, eat and play in the summer playground of the jet-set, the Island of Capri! No Fluff, No History Lesson, No Star Ratings. Just Everything We Love! Rob and Kim share their favorite in luxury and boutique hotels, coolest restaurants, best places to watch the sunset, uncover the best beach clubs and of course dish on the wild Capri nightlife!

Close to Paradise: The Gardens of Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast

by Robert I. C. Fisher

This book showcases 21 of the most celebrated gardens in Italy’s most glamorous seaside getaway. They include La Reggia of Caserta, the ‘Italian Versailles’ laid out for the Bourbon King Charles III in the mid-18th century; the gardens of the Villa San Michele on Capri; and Lord Grimthorpe’s Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, with its breathtaking panoramas. The text also traces the horticultural history of Campania, from Roman emperors to Edwardian millionaires, encompassing a parade of glamorous characters that includes Lord Byron, Wagner, Chanel, Jacqueline Kennedy, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and Graham Greene.

In the Spirit of Capri

by Pamela Fiori

Jutting proudly out of the Mediterranean Sea, like a miracle of nature, Capri has been one of the world’s chicest destinations for decades. It is a place where well-tanned Italians joyfully share the island’s beauty with celebrities and island lovers: from limoncello, the local digestivo, to its eponymous Capri pants, to the bright turquoise jewelry and bejeweled sandals made famous by its glamorous denizens. In a colorful tribute to the isle adored by literary icons and the jet set alike, author Pamela Fiori explains with resonant texts and vibrant images the effortless charm of this fabled island.

Capri and No Longer Capri

by Raffaele La Capria (Elizabeth A. Petroff, translator)

From Library Journal: Originally published in Italy in 1991, this book by famed Italian author La Capria presents a picture of the island of Capri that may shock some and make others hastily switch their travel plans. For many years, Capri ranked as one of the most sybaritic, debauched destinations in Europe an island paradise where English expatriates and other wandering souls could go for a cleansing dose of weird midnight rituals at the Blue Lagoon and where homosexuality was rampant. Capria’s intent is to debunk many of these stories while acknowledging that many are true. The outcome is an intimate and brutally honest look at an island that has earned both a fanciful and a disturbing reputation as a European destination that is far off the beaten path. This book is not intended for the casual tourist who takes a day trip from Naples to Capri and only spends a few hours at the Blue Lagoon.

Greene on Capri: A Memoir

by Shirley Hazzard

Shirley Hazzard’s first encounter with Graham Greene had it all: timing, art, and an unbeatable setting–Capri. One December morning in the late ’60s, he and a friend sat down at a café table next to hers and he began to quote from Browning’s “The Lost Mistress.” Yet try as Greene might, the last line wouldn’t come to him. When she got up to go, Hazzard filled in the blank. As the beginning of a literary friendship goes, this could hardly be bettered. What’s more, within hours she and her husband, Francis Steegmuller, were dining with the English author. Greene on Capri, Hazzard’s evocation of their subsequent years of friendship, is generous, restrained, and complex. Two of those adjectives could, she makes clear, describe her friend, while restraint doesn’t seem to have been part of his being.

Many of the book’s pleasures come, too, in her descriptions of Capri, capturing both the island’s romance and its layers of unreality. But in the end, Hazzard’s considerable generosity cannot preclude disappointment with Greene. How could it when she too often witnessed her friend’s discernment edging into deep disdain? Greene on Capri makes one long for a fuller Hazzard memoir–and even more so for another of her beautiful fictions.

The Bay of Noon

by Shirley Hazzard (Penguin, 1970)

“Passion and Intrigue in the Shadow of Vesuvius!” An Englishwoman working in Naples, young Jenny has no friends; only a letter of introduction to an acquaintance of an acquaintance. It is a letter that will change her life. Through the letter she meets Gioconda, a beautiful and gifted writer, and Gioconda’s lover, Gianni, a famous Roman film director. And at work she encounters Justin, a Scottish marine biologist whose studied distance is strangely attractive to her. As Jenny becomes more and more involved with these people, she finds herself leaving England behind forever.