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September 8, 2016

Featured Book: Calabria - The Other Italy by Karen Haid

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Once the hub of the Mediterranean, Calabria now dangles, largely ignored, at the bottom of the Italian boot, struggling for survival, acceptance and a place in modern Italy and the world. Little-known even to Italians outside the nefarious activities of its 'Ndrangheta mafia organization, Calabria allures with its simplicity and rewards with an underlying complexity, as in savoring an artisanal cheese, appreciating an ancient Greek masterwork or interpreting a particularly expressive phrase in the local dialect.

Calabria: The Other Italy paints a compelling picture of contemporary Calabria and Southern Italy, weaving observation, personal anecdote, salient historical information and social commentary into a nonfiction narrative that combines travelogue with an exploration of everyday life and culture. At times humorous, at others poignant, this engaging work portrays the joys and challenges of the "other Italy."
~Goodreads.com



“an intoxicating blend of humor, joy and reverence for this area in Italy’s deep south” (Publisher’s Weekly)

“part history, part travel guide, part memoir -- and as informed and informative as it is engaging and entertaining, making it very highly recommended” (Midwest Book Review)

“Calabria: The Other Italy is a phenomenal book that captures the heart and soul of one of Italy’s most obscure and attractive regions.” (PRIMO Italian American Magazine)


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