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Using a story line that recalls Paul Paolicelli's Dances with Luigi (LJ 3/1/00) and Annie Hawes's Extra Virgin (LJ 12/00), McLean has written a tale of Italy as seen through her father's eyes. The writing is wonderful, the anecdotes are captivating, and the family pictures sprinkled throughout are charming and add much to the tale. But after reading several of these types of stories, readers may find that McLean's just blend in with the others. There is nothing unique here; it is the same old tale about an individual with a fast-paced lifestyle who endures and survives slow-paced Italian village life. For libraries with a strong interest in Italy, this book is an added pleasure. Otherwise, one of the books mentioned above will suffice. Stephanie Papa, Baltimore Cty. Circuit Court Law Lib.
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Maria Coletta McLean is a graduate of York University and a member of a long-standing writing group. She is the mother of six, vice-president of her family's 50-year-old business, The Columbia Coffee Co., and lives in Toronto. This is her first book.