GREAT READS TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR OWN ADVENTURES
A Month of Italy: Rediscovering the Art of Vacation by Chris Brady This story is one of going slow in order to go fast; it’s about rediscovering a lost art, namely the art of vacation. New York Times best-selling author Chris Brady describes his family's month-long sabbatical in the alluring Italian landscape in a way that charms the reader while reminding us that vacations are meant to restore and reinvigorate us. As one Amazon reader put it, "Not only are Chris's insights powerful and refreshing, but his vivid and witty writing is simply a pleasure to read. " Read more
Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home by Susan Pohlman After nearly 20 years of marriage, the Pohlmans, in the final stages of divorce, decide to spend a year in Italy, a decision their marital therapist called "an elaborate scheme of avoidance at best." The resulting story is full of charm, Kodak moments, and tumult typical of Americans abroad. But eventually, Susan and Tim adapt, learning how to be spouses again, and even friends.This new edition includes an update describing what's happened over the five years since the Pohlmans returned home. Read more
A Footpath in Umbria: Learning, Loving & Laughing in Italy by Nancy Yuktonis Solak Being a homebody, Nancy never would have spent a year in Italy had it not been for her husband's wanderlust. The couple didn't go there to buy or restore a house or to heal a trauma from the past. They simply wanted to experience "The Dream" - to live in Italy. What neither of them knew when they began was how the adventure would challenge their habits, upbringing, outlook on life – and relationship to each other. Read more
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Unlike some of my better-organized and more practical blogger friends, I have not included any books on these pages (or indeed any products anywhere on my blog or website) due to sponsorship of any kind. The books here are ones that have helped me on my own journeys, and I believe you might find them entertaining and useful while planning your own adventures.