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An Italian Journey: A Harvest of Revelations in the Olive Groves of Tuscany: A Pretty Girl, Seven Tuscan Farmers, and a Roberto Rossellini Film [Kindle Edition]

James Ernest Shaw

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"ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I have ever read on the good people of Italy, its foods, customs, and hospitality.” ~ Virginia H. Bliss

"I LOVED READING THIS BOOK!. It made me grateful to be half Italian." ~ Lynn Z

“THE MAN IS A GENIUS! James Ernest Shaw captured the Italian spirit.” ~ Lucretia Votta

“A GREAT BOOK” ~ Debbie Barnard Heinzman

"WONDERFUL BOOK!l An Italian Journey takes you to the real Italy...and you learn why its siren song is so magical." ~ Nancy E Roberts

"A MUST READ!! You will love it" ~ Maria Lodge

"A VERY GOOD BOOK! James Ernest Shaw writes very well—you can almost feel and see the things that he does.” ~ Roberta

"I LOVE ITALY & LOVED THIS BOOK! I fell in love with Italy 3 years ago. This book brought back some of the delightful scenes and experiences. I, too, noticed and enjoyed the hospitality. Tuscany was so beautiful and magical, just as the author described. It was like being there again." ~ Nancy

"A MARVELOUS BOOK ABOUT MARVELOUS PEOPLE! The book transported me back to two happy experiences. One was growing up on a farm with my Italian grandma, the other was spending a summer in Tuscany. Shaw's adventures are divided into engaging chapters that nicely incorporate quotes and beautiful illustrations. AN ITALIAN JOURNEY made my heart glow with appreciation for Italians, the land, and life in general." ~ Janine O

"PLANNING A TRIP TO ITALY? Read this so you don't miss out on the Italy that tours never visit. If you're staying at home, just sit back and enjoy the ride. Preferably with a nice Tuscan wine at your side." ~ Dianne Hales, author of La Bella Lingua

"MANY OF US WOULD LOVE TO LIVE THIS BOOK. James Shaw has done it for us and allowed us to come along. I like it all, an adventurous journey with a compassionate author. Well Done, Well Done." ~ Roscaloni

"I DIDN'T WANT AN ITALIAN JOURNEY TO END. We all have a "story" to tell of how our lives have been shaped by our faith. I so appreciated how the author wove the story of his faith journey into his journey of discovery in Italy. I'll be sharing this wonderful book! Ciao!" ~ Jeanne A

AN ADVENTURE OF THE HEART in the mold of literature's classic spiritual journeys.

IT BEGAN WITH A GIRL. Then it was Italian food. After that it was books and discovering that even Mark Twain had fallen for Italy.

E.M. Forster was smitten too: “Love and understand the Italians,
for the people are more marvelous than the land.”


Italian movies immortalize the mystique. Fellini called it "La Dolce Vita."
Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso" took James Shaw back to the sweet memories of his childhood and the Italian family who operated the hometown theater. And just like in the movie, young James had an “Alfredo” who, by example, taught him about serving people.

James learned that Italians don't feel they're special. Luigi Barzini, author of
"The Italians," repeatedly asked, “Why are we the way we are?”—and found no
conclusive answer.

But James was convinced there was a reason why the Renaissance was born in Tuscany–and Italy has given the world Saint Francis, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Galileo and now Benigni, whose film "Life Is Beautiful" shows us that the Italian zest for living can even make a heaven of a hell.

And so, after a lifetime of thinking about Italy James became convinced that the way to find out why Italians are the way they are, would be to eat with them at their kitchen tables. Day after day he picked their olives and the Italians began treating him like family. And James began seeing their unique human quality that attracts people to Italy and keeps pulling them back again and again.

But the story doesn't end in the olive groves of Tuscany. To discover the
heart of Italian life, James had to travel back to World War II Italy.

An Italian Journey will inspire you to follow your passions, your enthusiasms,
to your own Beautiful Discoveries.


About the Author

James Ernest Shaw lives and writes on a small farm in Wisconsin, when he is not in Colorado or Tuscany. James is staying close to the land after a lifetime of adventure, flying and filming all over the world. He and his wife, Mardi, divide their time among their five children and six grandchildren.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 637 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: CAMPAGNA; Second NO PEN & INK DRAWINGS NO COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS edition (Nov. 27 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NZ4UUW
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-warming voyage Jan. 27 2012
By Dianne Hales - Published on
There is a bit of Italian, I believe, in everyone's soul and many different ways to discovering and enjoying this special spirit. In AN ITALIAN JOURNEY, James Ernest Shaw takes us along on a voyage, not just into Italy's heart, but his own. Shaw sought to connect with Italians by working side-by-side with them in Tuscan olive fields. But he harvested far more than a seasonal crop. Italy's people are indeed even more marvelous that their land, and Shaw's book is a worthy tribute to them.

If you're planning a trip to Italy, read this so you don't miss out on the Italy that tours never visit. If you're staying at home, just sit back and enjoy the ride. Preferably with a nice Tuscan wine at your side.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good you will want to read it again Feb. 14 2012
By Ilona - Published on
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The reader of An Italian Journey is in for a special treat as they follow the author throughout his journey to small olive farms in Tuscany. As his mode of transportation, James Ernest Shaw chose to use a bicycle on which he pulled a 50 lb. trailer. What an excellent way to experience the land and people of Italy. Before you finish reading the book, you will have no doubt of James' love for God, his relationship with Christ, and his love for the land that God created. This is one of those books you will want to read twice.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming!!! Dec 25 2011
By DianaRZ - Published on
I thoroughly enjoyed An Italian Journey! What a charming and wonderful story with such heart and vivid imagery! I found myself picking it up and not wanting to put it down. Perhaps it is my own love of Italy and my dream of living there and James' ability to transport me into my dream or perhaps it is just a wonderful book. Either way, I recommend you see for yourself!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Italian Journey March 7 2013
By Susan de Siena - Published on
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I've been to Italy twice and, like the author, I've fallen in love with Italy and the Italian people. I enjoyed reading about the author's experiences working in the olive groves and his interaction with the people. I did not enjoy reading about his religious opinions. Evolution vs. Creation - really? Better the author had stayed with harvesting olives and learning Italian.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading Aug. 27 2012
By Ilene J. Modica - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
My husband & I have been to Italy twice in the past two years. We visited the Tuscany region and several of the areas written about in the book. I really found myself riding along with you -- of course I would never have made it on a bike but I loved the story. Thank you for the enjoyable reading and getting to know some of the people you stayed with. You made me feel like I met them too. Thank you again!!

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