RESPECTED HOUSE AUTHOR: As the author of the 2009 Crown title LA BELLA LINGUA, Hales is immensely respected as a journalist and expert on Italian linguistics and culture.
INNOVATIVE APPROACH: Hales engages with her own passion for Italian culture to bring her reader right up against the glass. Having a choice selection of historical figures sets this book apart as a cross-genre “Who’s Who” of Italian authors, lovers, foodies, and explorers.
EVERGREEN SUBJECT: Whether it’s the food, the culture, the wine, or the intrinsic romance of the country, Italy has remained a fascination across the ages. Authors like Frances Mayes and Beppe Severgnini have explored these to critical acclaim and buoyant readership, and LA PASSIONE will sit comfortably astride these authors and works within the canon.
“What would we do without Italy and the treasures she has given to the world? Thank God we won’t have to find out. Dianne Hales exquisitely reveals how the passion of Italians—ancient and modern, famous and anonymous, unwavering even in the most difficult of circumstances—has given birth to an explosion of art and innovation unlike any other culture. Hales captures the spirit of Italy and makes us more grateful than ever for its ardent creators. La Passione takes us on a journey that you simply won’t want to end.” —Kathy McCabe, host of Dream of Italy on PBS
“In this inquisitive celebration of the Italian spirit, Hales traverses the country, exploring its history and culture…. The chapters on food will delight readers…. Sure to inspire many vacations, this volume shows Italy’s many contributions to the world and captures the essence of the very things that make it such a wondrous place.” —Publishers Weekly
“[Hales’s] love affair with Italy shines through as she recounts the histories of colorful characters who made their names through war, art, food, wine, music, and more. She brings the reader with her to experience the country’s long-lasting traditions and the people whose dedication keeps that legacy alive today…. Frothy as a cappuccino and rich as tiramisu, La Passione is a delightful excursion into the heart of Italian culture.” —Booklist
“Hales brings the sights and sounds of Italy to life with beautifully told stories of the passion that has permeated the country from its earliest recorded history to the present…. [She] successfully captures what it means to experience Italy and to be Italian, regardless of one’s background…. Italophiles will relish the depth and breadth of this delightful book.” —Library Journal
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