Link e suggerimenti per l’Italia e altrove – dicembre 2020

Con questa rubrica mensile, Federica, cara amica del té letterario di Expatclic, ci offre una panoramica interessantissima di link e di suggerimenti di quello che succede in Italia, ma non solo, per quanto riguarda l’offerta culturale. Grazie Federica! Parto da questa recente scoperta, ‘Il Festival del Classico’, i cui contenuti sono fruibili in modalità online https://festivaldelclassico.it/programma-2020/ Comincia domani, 3 dicembre, il Pisa Book Festival, fino al … Continue reading Link e suggerimenti per l’Italia e altrove – dicembre 2020

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The Gringo Champion

Author: Aura Xilonen

Language: English

Summary: The award-winning debut novel by young Mexican author Aura Xilonen, The Gringo Champion is a thrillingly inventive story about crossing borders that the Los Angeles Review of Books called “one of the must-read books of 2017.”

Liborio has to leave Mexico, a land that has taught him little more than a keen instinct for survival. He crosses the Rio Bravo, like so many others, to reach “the promised land.” And in a barrio like any other, in some gringo city, this illegal immigrant tells his story.

As Liborio narrates his memories we discover a childhood scarred by malnutrition and abandonment, adolescence lived with a sense of having nothing to lose. In his new home, he finds a job at a bookstore. He falls in love with a woman so intensely that his fantasies of her verge on obsession. And, finally, he finds himself on a path that just might save him: he becomes a boxer.

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Il té letterario di Expatclic del 13 novembre 2020

Oggi abbiamo parlato dei nostri libri di conforto. Quali sono i libri (o i generi) a cui ricorriamo quando ci sentiamo un po’ giù, stanche, e abbiamo bisogno di “liberare la testa”? Quali sono i libri che ci confortano? Sono uscite tante cose interessantissime da questa conversazione, come sempre vivace, partecipata e anche un po’ toccante. Una di noi punta sui libri a sfondo psicologico, … Continue reading Il té letterario di Expatclic del 13 novembre 2020

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Born to run: my story

Author: Cathy Freeman

Language: English

Summary: “Hi guys, ever since I was little I only had one dream – to win a gold medal at the Olympics. When I was twenty-seven years old, my dream came true. I’ll never forget that night at the Sydney 2000 Games – as I crossed the finish line, it was as if the whole of Australia was cheering for me. Sometimes I still wonder how it happened.

When I was growing up, I felt no different to anyone else. I loved having fun with my brothers, sleeping over at nanna’s and going horse riding with my dad. But I especially loved to run. With the help of my family, coaches and teachers, I became the best female 400-metre runner in the world. I hope you enjoy my story, and that it inspires you to chase after your dreams too!” (from the blurb)

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Splash!: 10,000 Years of Swimming

Author: Howard Means

Language: English

Summary: From man’s first recorded dip into what’s now the driest spot on earth to the splashing, sparkling pool party in your backyard, humans have been getting wet for 10,000 years. And for most of modern history, swimming has caused a ripple that touches us all–the heroes and the ordinary folk; the real and the mythic.

Splash! dives into Egypt, winds through ancient Greece and Rome, flows mostly underground through the Dark and Middle Ages (at least in Europe), and then reemerges in the wake of the Renaissance before taking its final lap at today’s Olympic games. Along the way, it kicks away the idea that swimming is just about moving through water, about speed or great feats of aquatic endurance, and shows you how much more it can be. Its history offers a multi-tiered tour through religion, fashion, architecture, sanitation and public health, colonialism, segregation and integration, sexism, sexiness, guts, glory, and much, much more.

Unique and compelling, Splash! sweeps across the whole of humankind’s swimming history–and just like jumping into a pool on a hot summer’s day, it has fun along the way.

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