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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 26 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551923564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551923567
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #456,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

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.

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This is not a glamorous, yuppie-audienced "Bella Tuscany." It is not a me-too account of Italy from an yet-another-New-World Italian's eyes.
It's wonderful account of a relationship between a daughter and father, and Old and New World, and a people with its extended "family." It is written totally from the heart and sings of a place and time so unnoticed it now demands attention. Yes, my roots are from the same village, and Ms. Coletta has found a way to write that speaks for and to many of us descended from those brave immigrants who left Italy with nothing, and built something in the New World. She speaks of this town and its people as if they moved her arm and pen themselves.
It is charmingly brief, a short story more than a novel, yet encapsules a soul that is indeed different. This town has its own dialect, and mannerisms different from surrounding parts of Lazio. There are enough happy and sad moments to take the readers heart and make them feel the change of emotion in one sitting, like an amusement park ride.
Read it, and pass it on. If you've never been to the place where "there's nothing to do but always something to eat," then don't knock it because you're just not able to grasp it all.
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The Library Journal review is full of Merda..... Jan. 28 2002
By Joseph Zuccaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not a glamorous, yuppie-audienced "Bella Tuscany." It is not a me-too account of Italy from an yet-another-New-World Italian's eyes.
It's wonderful account of a relationship between a daughter and father, and Old and New World, and a people with its extended "family." It is written totally from the heart and sings of a place and time so unnoticed it now demands attention. Yes, my roots are from the same village, and Ms. Coletta has found a way to write that speaks for and to many of us descended from those brave immigrants who left Italy with nothing, and built something in the New World. She speaks of this town and its people as if they moved her arm and pen themselves.
It is charmingly brief, a short story more than a novel, yet encapsules a soul that is indeed different. This town has its own dialect, and mannerisms different from surrounding parts of Lazio. There are enough happy and sad moments to take the readers heart and make them feel the change of emotion in one sitting, like an amusement park ride.
Read it, and pass it on. If you've never been to the place where "there's nothing to do but always something to eat," then don't knock it because you're just not able to grasp it all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Touching and enchanting July 10 2007
By Margaret M. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I agree with the previous reviewer. This is decidedly NOT another Under the Tuscan Sun, which seems to have an "I'm used to being spoiled" attitude. I bought this book for my mother-in-law because her father did come from Italy (Sicily). I found it on her bookshelf this weekend and decided to read it myself. I was touched by the relationship between Maria and her father, both of whom are appreciative of the way the townspeople embrace them. Her father might have left the town 64 years ago, but you'd never know it by how he and his Canadian-born daughter/son-in-law/grand daughter are scooped up into the fabric of the life in Supino. I smiled and decided that one sentence kind of summed up the aura of the place when the neighbor, Joe, says to Maria on several occasions: "Maria, why do you worry so much?" The Italian focus on family, helping and respecting each other, and getting together over coffee to discuss the day's events made me want to retire and try it here, but wistful that it probably can't be duplicated.
a great read Sept. 6 2013
By victorsecarin - Published on Amazon.com
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Both this and the second installment "Summers in Supino" reveal an intelligent writer with a subtle sense of humor and the gift of marrying funny moments to dramatic ones every bit as naturally as real life does. There is real love of the subject country and the subject people, felt on every page.
MY FATHER CAME FROM ITALY July 30 2013
By Brenda Wallin - Published on Amazon.com
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I LOVED THE BK SO BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DAUGHTER & FATHER & THEIR TRIP TO ITALY TOGETHER. IT WAS LIKE HER FATHER HAD NEVER LEFT AFTER 63 YRS. THE MEMORIES & HISTORY THAT MARIA WILL HAVE FOREVER. WHAT A BLESSING.
If you've ever spent any time deep in Italy or ever wanted to... March 14 2013
By Ravenous Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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A very personal book... a sincere and humorous love letter to Italy that side swipes you with its pathos and poignancy.


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