Book Cover

Figli del diavolo

Author: Liliana Lazar

Language: Italian

Summary: Una testimonianza storica sotto forma di romanzo, una storia ispirata a fatti realmente accaduti che ci trascina in un capitolo oscuro del nostro recente passato; un libro sugli abusi, sull’orrore perpetrato a danno dei più deboli nell’indifferenza generale.
Continue reading “Figli del diavolo”

Reading the world: confessions of a literary explorer

Author: Ann Morgan

Language: English

Summary: In 2012, the world arrived in London for the Olympics… and Ann Morgan went out to meet it. She read her way around all the globe’s 196 independent countries (plus one extra), sampling one book from every nation. It wasn’t easy. Many languages have next to nothing translated into English; there are tiny, tucked-away places where very little is written down at all; some governments don’t like to let works of art leak out to corrupt Westerners.

Continue reading “Reading the world: confessions of a literary explorer”

Followives

Author: Irene Perali

Language: English

Summary:  Have you ever left everything behind to follow a dream…which is not yours?
The novel Followives is all about this: five intertwined stories of wives following their husbands who moved from Italy to California to pursue unique career opportunities.

Viola, Bianca, Luna, Giada, and Aurora have just started to discover their career paths in vibrant Milan. These five women don’t have a lot in common until the men in their lives decide to chase their dream jobs in the United States.
Weighing their sentiments more than their aspirations—because there are million perfect jobs, but only one perfect husband—the women leave their lives behind to undertake the Californian adventure.
Unemployed and lonely in a new country, the followives confront endless challenges. Impostor Syndrome, hectic jobs or no jobs at all, sky-high rents and home sickness are just a few of the troubles through which these women’s stories intersect.
The heroines will question everything, including the authenticity of their love, which they have traded for their lives in Italy.

Followives explores different aspects of the immigration flow of mostly male engineers from Italy to California in the 2010s.
The often-unspoken voices of their wives provide a unique point of view that demystifies the contemporary California Gold Rush.

At first, it may seem only a romance novel, but Followives invites the reader to reflect on some critical themes of our society:
Love and career: are we willing to take a step back in our careers in favor of our partners’ careers? Do women do that more often than men?
Living far from your country: can the advantages of living in a foreign country alleviate the nostalgia for your homeland?

Whether you are from Italy, California or any other country, if you enjoy reading about complex relationships, deep psychological characterization and vivid descriptions, Followives is your next book.

Continue reading “Followives”

Book Cover

Bianco come Dio

Author: Nicolò Govoni

Language: Italian

Summary: Se ti dicono che il mondo è sbagliato e non puoi fare nulla per aggiustarlo, hai due possibilità: ti rassegni a vivere una vita che non è la tua, con il dubbio di sprecare tempo prezioso, o ti rimbocchi le maniche e provi a migliorare le cose, un bambino alla volta. È quello che sceglie Nicolò, vent’anni carichi di domande, di energia e di un’inestinguibile ricerca di senso. Continue reading “Bianco come Dio”

book cover

Paper Wishes

Author: Lois Sepahban

Language: English

Summary: A ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family’s life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It’s 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American, which means that the government says they must leave their home by the sea and join other Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert.

Continue reading “Paper Wishes”

Book Cover

Fluent Forever: how to learn any language fast and never forget it

Author: Gabriel Wyner

Language: English

Summary: For those who’ve despaired of ever learning a foreign language, here, finally, is a book that will make the words stick. At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently.  He didn’t learn them in school — who does? — rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resources. In Fluent Forever Wyner reveals what he’s discovered.

Continue reading “Fluent Forever: how to learn any language fast and never forget it”