Books for Cultural Diversity: Italy

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August is typically the last month for summer travel, and a perennial popular vacation destination is Italy. Italy has been the setting for many great novels, a place of culinary interest, and home to numerous talented writers. Revel in Italia with this month’s book picks:

Don't MoveDon’t Move by Margaret Mazzantini, Translated by John Cullen
The winner of Italy’s most prestigious literary prize, this novel is one you won’t want to put down. Timoteo, a prominent surgeon, waits in a hospital waiting room to hear the fate of his fifteen-year-old daughter. As her life hangs in the balance, Timoteo’s own life flashes before his eyes.
Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano, Translated by Virginia Jewiss
A groundbreaking bestseller in Italy, this enthralling insider account of the Camorra, an incredibly violent and powerful organized crime network in Naples, is the basis for the television series of the same name.
My Brilliant Friend
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, Translated by Ann Goldstein
This Neapolitan series took the U.S. by storm, but if you missed it, now’s the time to pick it up. It begins with Elena and Lila, best friends growing up in a poor Naples neighborhood in the 1950s. As they grow and change so does Italy’s socio-economic and political climate.
A Room With a View
A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
Lucy Honeychurch is touring Italy with her overbearing cousin. There, she falls in love with one unsuitable man and becomes engaged to another in this classic novel about values, social class, and cultural conventions.
Rustic Italian Food
Rustic Italian Food by Marc Vetri and David Joachim
From acclaimed chef Marc Vetri comes a cookbook of handcrafted regional Italian cooking. The 120 recipes include everything from homemade breads to flavorful pastas—all recipes that cooks of any skill level can enjoy.
Under the Tuscan SunUnder the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
This bestselling memoir about moving to Italy, taking chances, and embracing life is still a must-read for anyone who loves Italy.