I’m Not Scared, Nicolo Ammaniti, 2001
Young Michele uncovers a terrible secret that still has the power to do serious damage. This international bestselling thriller is set in Southern Italy.
Casa Rossa, Francesca Marciano, 2002
A tumble-down Puglia family farmhouse is the site for sexual intrigue and betrayal of three generations of Italian women in this lush, believable and complex page-turner.
An Italian Education, Tim Park, 1995
A portrait of Italian family life, at school, at home, in church, and in the countryside by a British-born writer, married to an Italian wife and living outside Verona.
Desiring Italy, edited by Susan Cahill, 1997
Twenty-eight women writers’ anthology (such as Kate Simon, Elizabeth Spencer, Shirley Hazzard, etc.) about their stories in Italy, and what makes the country so seductive to women. The stories (some are fiction, others memoirs, and others essays) are organized geographically –from northern Italy to Rome and on to the south.
Twilight in Italy, Sea and Sardinia, and Etruscan Places, D. H. Lawrence, 1932
Italian Journey, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1786-1788
The famed German writer’s letters and journals from his 37th year, spent in Italy, a period abroad that saw him writing about literature and art and turning town classicism in his own artistic development.
The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain, 1869
A satiric look at a citizen of the New World encountering the old, this travel journal — originally published as newspaper dispatches — documents Twain’s cruise on the Quaker City to Europe and the Holy Land among religious pilgrims.
Italian Hours, Henry James, 1909
Spanning nearly forty years, these charming, appreciative, insightful collected essays contain the noted author’s views on Italy, with two new essays and an introduction added for this anthology.
Italian Days, Barbara Grizutti Harrison, 1985
Divided into 8 chapters, covering Milan to Sicily, the essayist’s critical, detailed, richly observed travel book is comprehensive, revealing and lyrical.
The Italians, Luigi Barzini, 1964
Called an “invaluable and astringent guidebook,” by The New Yorker, this book by the bestselling Italian author, publisher and politician tries to get a handle on the national character and dissect the myths of Italian charm and living la dolce vita.
La Bella Figure: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind, Beppe Severgnini, 2006
The Italian newspaper columnist presents an episodic, often hilarious, look at his fellow countrymen – including a chapter on entire chapter on car sex in Naples!