This year, for the first time in decades, I didn’t go to Italy. But Italy came to me–in the form of wonderful books and programs inspired by a passion for Italy. I was happy to feature them in my summer blogs. The harvest season seems a perfect time to share a round-up with you:
In lyrical essays, a symphony of citizens—artisans, rowers, teachers, performers, shop owners—present a first-hand view of their city as they had never seen it: deserted, silent, isolated, anxious, yet never more beautiful or enchanting. These eyewitnesses take us inside a magical place that comforts, energizes and inspires them with dreams of a new future for Venice. Click here to buy online. All proceeds will be donated to organizations that support Venetian culture and arts.
In 1975 Solace Wales and her husband, both artists, began living part of every year in Sommocolonia in the coastal mountains of Tuscany. She learned about her neighbors’ harrowing experiences in World War II and about the African American troops garrisoned there. Braided in Fire recounts an almost-forgotten page of history and pays tribute to great sacrifice and bravery. Click here for ordering information.