by Megan Williams
In Rome, a traveler must quickly learn valuable lessons on how to assimilate into Roman culture. Never purchase a hamster unless you are wholly committed to its care. Never drink a cappuccino anytime after breakfast, unless you want to be recognized as a foreigner. Never wave at your Italian aerobics instructor if you don’t recognize the man she is kissing. And never, ever, eat the banana from a fruit bowl arrangement. Saving Rome is a collection of stories about family, friends, second chances, rebirth and new life — all connected to the dramatic backdrop of Rome. Canadian Megam Williams, who maker her home there with her Italian family, looks at it all from the perspective of both an insider and an outsider.