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May 2024

Where do you turn when you’re looking for your next great read? What about asking people who write books for their recommendations?, a terrific, informative website for avid readers, has asked more than 10,000 authors to list the five best books on their area of interest or expertise. I recently posted my recommended books for inspiring a passion for Italy and Italian.

As the author of La Bella Lingua, I had to start with Dante, Italy’s greatest poet, and to confess that the first adaptation of The Divine Comedy that I read was a comic book with Mickey Mouse (Topolino) as Dante. Hooked by the plot, I tackled English translations and was soon ensnared by Dante’s fantastic images and lush language.

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