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A VALLEY IN ITALY, $13.00, Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

In this charming celebration of Italian life, a gifted writer details the year she and her artist husband spent restoring a severely run down villa in the small Umbrian village of San Orsola to its former grandeur and chaptures the sights and sounds of a small town in the Umbrian hills, where life is lived according to the seasons and abounds in hearty food, rich wine, and the friendship of neighbors. Life is to be as enjoyable as possible.

 

Umbria: Italy's Timeless Heart, $22.50 (hardcover), Paul Hofmann

Paul Hofmann, whose most recent travel guide, The Seasons of Rome, was hailed by The New Yorker as an "indispensible book, a book to cherish," knows Umbria intimately. After four decades of visits and sojourns, he has produced this volume, rich with personal and historical anecdotes, profiling its cities and towns, villages and natural sights. Hofmann's affection for the region is infectious, his insight unparalleled, and in his able hands, its simple joys---twisting country roads, robust wines, hearty food---unfold for the visitor.

Fiction

After Hannibal (fiction), Barry Unsworth

Set in the beautiful landscape and rich history of Umbria, this is a witty and illuminating work of manners and morals. Golden Umbria is home to breathtaking scenery and great art; it is also where Hannibal ambushed and slaughtered a Roman legion, and where local place-names still speak of that bloodshed. This region is now prey to a different type of invasion: outsiders buying villas with innocent and not so innocent dreams. Among those clustered along one hillside road are the Greens, a retired American couple seeking serenity; the Chapmans, whose dispute over a wall escalates into a feud of operatic proportions; and Fabio and Arturo, a gay couple who, searching for peace and self-sufficiency, find treachery instead. Add to this mix a wily and corrupt British "building expert," and a lawyer who practices subterfuge and plans his client's actions like military strategy, and you have a sharp, entertaining, and bittersweet work.

$13.00 (softcover)
 

RAT KING

Dead Lagoon, an Aurelio Zen mystery, $12.00, Michael Dibdin

This mystery, with a Venetian setting, provides interesting insight into Venetian history, politics and manners. In this novel, one of a series, Dibdin gives readers a deliciously creepy novel featuring the urbane and skeptical Aurelio Zen. Here Zen returns to his native Venice, searching for a missing American millionaire and encountering an assortment of corpses-- including a suspiciously new skeleton that surfaces on the Isle of the Dead. Also available at $12.00 each: Cosi Fan Tutti (Naples) ; Rat King (Perugia) ; Long Finish (Rome) ; Vendetta (Sardinia) ; Blood Rain (Sicily)(paper due in May 2001/ hardcover is $23.00)

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