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La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

Beppe Severgnini
Item #: D80395
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 217 / 2006
Publisher: Broadway
ISBN: 9780767914406
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Best known in the U.S. for Ciao, America!—which recounts, for his fellow Italians, his extended visit to the States—columnist Beppe Severgnini here offers his American friends a similarly cheeky guide to traveling in his own country. Riffing on stop lights (in Italy, not so much a command to stop as an invitation for reflection), airports (where customers will buy outdated cell phones if the salesgirl is beautiful), and the knack for pleasant living (each small town boasts a congenial barber, a well-stocked newsstand, professionally made coffee, proper pizza, and people with a kind word and a smile), Severgnini finds the places where Italians are at their best, worst, and most authentic.

 

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