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Call Me By Your Name: A Novel

by André Aciman

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman’s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.

Coffee, Chianti and Caravaggio: One Man’s Love Affair with La Bella Italia

by Robert Noble Graham

A masterwork of Italian rambling. Those who have rambled with Robert through Cuba and Spain already know what to expect, but Italy is more so. Robert rambles through great sites of Rome and Venice of course, but finding a special meal on the exclusive beach of Portofino or listening to woodworm digest a bed in the Chianti hills take a special mastery. Whether getting lost on the tourist road from Bologna or crossing to Capri with a Mafia don, Robert rambles through history, language and gastronomy as readily as the back streets of Naples for delight, color and discovery. Who did Caravaggio kill and who killed him? What did Tiberius get up to in Villa Jovis? Why are car crashes in Naples more democratic than anywhere else? How can one man who so easily loses himself when travelling be so good at finding unique, memorable companions? Sometimes alone, sometimes in company, Robert’s tales give you more color, romance and knowledge of Italy than many an expensive visit will provide. Whether you wish to laugh, marvel or learn, this book will meet the need.

Doctor Antonio: A Tale of Italy

by Giovanni Ruffini, Christine M. Kulper (Illustrator)

First published in 1855, this completely re-formatted edition of Doctor Antonio, published in the year of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, has over 75 original illustrations by a Ligurian-based artist and an afterword introducing the Riviera of Giovanni Ruffini. Stranded by a coach accident in a small Osteria on the Italian Riviera, Sir John Davenne and his beautiful, delicate daughter Lucy come to terms with this strange land, its people and their customs. Under the guidance of the mysterious Doctor Antonio they slowly grow to love the country and its people; even as it is being torn apart by the unification struggle. Reaching an explosive climax against the back drop of the uprisings of 1848, this tale of love and loss on the Riviera presents a rich tapestry of Ligurian life and English society in the mid-19th century. Writing from exile in England, Ruffini combined a keen eye for the quirks and mores of the English aristocracy with an exile’s longing for his homeland. Both are drawn with skill and affection and he adds contemporary commentary on the many injustices of the age. Today it gives us a window into the past and is a wonderful example of classic writing from the golden age of Victorian fiction.

Italy To Die For: From The Savino Sisters Mystery Series

by Loretta Giacoletto

Too much togetherness spells disaster for these 30-something sisters vacationing in Italy. When glamorous Margo opts for a steamy romance in Florence, plain-Jane Ellen travels alone to their next destination, a charming hillside villa at La Spezia. The owner Lorenzo, a mysterious widower, insists on showing Ellen around Cinque Terre, five picturesque villages overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Ellen is determined to experience the local culture but instead encounters intrigue in Monterosso el Mare where gypsies are turning up dead faster than Lorenzo can show her the sights. Then Margo arrives, and soon discovers her own life is in danger.

The Villa In Italy: Four strangers. An Italian villa. A will

by Elizabeth Edmondson

Italy, 1958. None of the four strangers summoned to the magical Villa Dante on the coast of Liguria knew Beatrice Malaspina. Yet she named them in her will: Delia, an opera singer with no voice; George, a physicist haunted by the horrors unleashed at Los Alamos; Marjorie, a struggling detective novelist; and Lucius, a New York banker with grim memories of the war in Europe. They find a Palladian villa with enchanting frescoes, a medieval tower, and a garden that leads to the sea. The villa seems spellbound, with its tower locked and its fountains dry. Why are they there? Who was Beatrice Malaspina? And what is the devastating secret hidden in her villa?

3 Day Guide to Cinque Terre

A 72-hour definitive guide on what to see, eat and enjoy in Cinque Terre, Italy

Located in northern Italy between Pisa and Genoa lies the Italian Riviera—a sun-kissed coastal region that may be as pure as any place gets. This is where you will find Cinque Terre, not an overrun tourist destination, but more a sleepy place of sand, sea, wine and lazy days. Whether you’re just here to relax or to hike its famous trails you can, all with the help of this handy travel guide. You’ll find:
· History – We’ve put together a historic overview of Cinque Terre, exploring the region’s strategic locations as it changed hands between Romans, Tuscans and of course – a few visits by pirates.

  • Climate – Our brief guide to the usual climate of Italy and that of Cinque Terre can help you decide how to see the towns, whether in sultry summer or cool autumn.
  • Town Overviews – This guide provides information about all the favorite tourist spots and those that are lesser known, with it you’ll learn all there is to know about places to go in the city that you might not have even imagined were there.
  • Transport – Train, plane or road, however you want to get to Cinque Terre, it’s all made simpler with our handy guide to transport to and around the towns. This book is packed with tips and tricks to help you keep travel stress free and navigate the trails like a local.
  • Sightseeing – Helping you to make the most of your visit and turn your holiday into the trip of a lifetime, this guide is full of attractions to suit any type of adventurer, including; architecture, museums, bars, churches, piazzas and culture.
  • 3-Day Itinerary – For those of you who aren’t sure exactly what you want to see but want to explore Cinque Terre to the full there’s a handy itinerary all drawn up for you. Just pick and choose which parts you want to use and your trip of a lifetime is set.
  • Best Places for Any Budget – With comprehensive lists and reviews of the best places to eat, sleep and enjoy a night out all arranged by budget levels you’re bound to find something for you no matter what your budget is.

Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa

By David Downie, Photographs by Alison Harris

Most food guides for Italy suffer from the “too-much, too-little” syndrome. The territory is vast, yet for each city and village they rarely provide enough information. This guide focuses on a manageable territory–Liguria–and covers it in depth with an emphasis on understanding the local culture through its food. This is not an encyclopedic volume but a renowned food writer’s highly selective guide to Liguria’s authentic small eateries, culinary traditions, wine, wineries, food artisans, and gourmet shops. (The “big” restaurants are covered in a short and amusing sidebar that lists the places that everyone knows and can read about in any guide or on the Internet: a tip of the hat to the great toques, but many other suggestions are given so the reader can dine elsewhere. In Italy, the restaurants Michelin rewards with multiple stars have little to do with regional or local food.) Recommendations center on “where the locals eat.” The book is also lavishly photographed, perfect for the armchair traveler. There is a glossary of food items and unusual specialties, as well as a typical Ligurian menu, detailed indexes, many sidebars, and a map.

The Garden of Letters

by Alyson Richman

Portofino, Italy, 1943. A young woman steps off a boat in a scenic coastal village. Although she knows how to disappear in a crowd, Elodie is too terrified to slip by the German officers while carrying her poorly forged identity papers. She is frozen until a man she’s never met before claims to know her. In desperate need of shelter, Elodie follows him back to his home on the cliffs of Portofino. Only months before, Elodie Bertolotti was a cello prodigy in Verona, unconcerned with world events. But when Mussolini’s Fascist regime strikes her family, Elodie is drawn into the burgeoning resistance movement by Luca, a young and impassioned bookseller. As the occupation looms, she discovers that her unique musical talents, and her courage, have the power to save lives. In Portofino, young doctor Angelo Rosselli gives the frightened and exhausted girl sanctuary. He is a man with painful secrets of his own, haunted by guilt and remorse. But Elodie’s arrival has the power to awaken a sense of hope and joy that Angelo thought was lost to him forever.

Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter

The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic and most purely enjoyable novel yet: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. If you love the ancient charms of the Italian coast on the Ligurian Sea, if you long for Edinburgh and its cold rain and distant hot sun, and if you love stories of the dream factory that is Hollywood, you will not be able to part from this book until you are finished reading it. Even then, for months afterward, you’ll keep it close so you can reread a passage here and there that moved you.

Italy Dies

by Alex Monti

Who is trying to destroy Italy and break the European Union? Who is the mysterious British Lord living in Portofino, who receives the visit of a lethal assassin whom he loves more than his own children? Why did a prominent Colonel of the Italian Carabinieri Police steal three paintings from the Uffizi Museum? Why was he killed? Jen Lautenberg is close to obtaining the answers, but she is abducted after a secret party. Will she manage to escape her captors and save Europe? Ryan wants to escape Milan. Or should he stay and search for Jen, despite what she did to him? From Milan alleys to Monaco secret banks, from the cliffs of the Amalfi coast to a mysterious island on Lake Maggiore, chased by the Italian police forces and by two lethal assassins who hate each other, Jen and Ryan uncover an intricate web of deceptions and manipulations that is inexorably plunging Europe into irreversible chaos.