My Venice and Other Essays

My Venice and Other Essays

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Baker & Taylor
The author of the Commissario Guido Brunetti series presents more than fifty humorous, passionate, and insightful essays about her life in Venice that also explore her family history, her former life in New Jersey, and the idea of the Italian man.

Perseus Publishing
Donna Leon has won a huge number of passionate fans and a tremendous amount of critical acclaim for her international bestselling mystery series featuring Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti. These accolades have built up not just for her intricate plots and gripping narratives, but for her insight into the culture, politics, family-life, and history of Venice, one of the world’s most-treasured cities, and Leon’s home for over thirty years. Readers love how Leon opens the doors to a private Venice, beyond the reach of the millions of international tourists who delight in the city's canals, food, and art every year.

My Venice and Other Essays will be a treat for Leon's many fans, as well as for lovers of Italy and La Serenissima. For many years, Leon, who is a perennial #1 bestseller in Germany, has written essays for European publications. Collected here are the best of these: over fifty funny, charming, passionate, and insightful essays that range from battles over garbage in the canals to the troubles with rehabbing Venetian real estate. She shares episodes from her life in Venice, explores her love of opera, and recounts tales from in and around her country house in the mountains. With pointed observations and humor, she also explores her family history and former life in New Jersey, and the idea of the Italian man.

& Taylor

The author of the international best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series, which is set in Italy, presents more than 50 humorous, passionate and insightful essays about her life in Venice that also explore her family history, her former life in New Jersey and the idea of the Italian man. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802120366
Branch Call Number: Biography L551L
Characteristics: ix, 222 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 24, 2014

Very short essays, which must have been published elsewhere, many of them years ago. Dates and places of publications would have improved the book a lot. Not many are really about Venice itself, though some of those are the best. One, for instance, is why Venice's lack of cars is among its primary virtues for residents. She shows her rage over a number of issues, including how Italian and New York men treat women. I loved some of her essays on life in her house in the Italian mountains, and how she and her brother coped with their mother's funeral. My favorite was a hilarious, understated conversation with an unnamed woman who also writes crime fiction, about their favorite ways of killing people. She has, in general, made Brunetti more compassionate than she comes off in some of these essays.

ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2014

"Mystery fans will recognize Donna Leon's name -- she's the author of the critically acclaimed Guido Brunetti series set in Venice. Having lived in Italy for three decades, Leon knows the floating city well. Here, in a series of short essays, she shares her opinions about the onslaught of masses of tourists to her adopted home (she's not a fan), as well as a wide variety of other subjects (she's also not keen about the American obesity epidemic or the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia). Even if you've never read her eloquent, atmospheric novels, anyone interested in an intimate look at Venice will find Leon to be a no-nonsense guide who writes in "sharply revealing and precisely vivid sentences" (Library Journal)." Armchair Travel February 2014 newsletter


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