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This is an auction for VANILLA BEANS & BRODO: REAL LIFE IN THE HILLS OF TUSCANY by Isabella Dusi.

"VANILLA BEANS & BRODO is an exploration of a medieval Tuscan village and its people, from a tortured past to a thriving present. Montalcino, perched for centuries atop a hill in Tuscany, is noted today for its exceptional Brunello wine and the annual Sagra, an archers' tournament. Australians Isobel and Lou Dusi arrived there as empty nesters. Over time, as they found acceptance among the Montalcinesi, they became Isabella and Luigi. But their book is less about cultural adaptation than about paying meticulous attention to every facet of Italian life. Dusi avoids the trap of mocking the unfamiliar or seemingly bizarre. She takes small steps to insinuate herself into social life, always mindful of a history that is not her own. She introduces us, without prejudice, to the ancient animosities between the country and village people, enthusiastically supports the local soccer team, and works to save a church in her Pianello quarter. Most of the stories, though, belong to the Montalcinesi Duci's landlords, shopkeepers, village officials, historians, hunters, and amateur archaeologists."
- Library Journal (US)

Amazon.com review:

"Isabella Dusi, an Australian, settled in Montalcino, a mountain eyrie famous for its wine and the proud nature of its inhabitants. Her acceptance into this close-knit community was a hard-won thing and has inspired her to capture the spirit of Montalcino. She destroys the myth that Tuscan villages are tranquil places, and instead reveals a life infinitely rich and full of drama."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2001.

456 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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