My Venice and other essays

by Leon, Donna,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction 945.31 Leon
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3562.E534 Z46 2013x
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Non-Fiction Collection PS3562.E534 Z46 2013x
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Hampton Community Library Non-Fiction 945.31 LEO
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 945.31 LEON
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Travel Collection 914.53 Leo
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Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 914.531 LEO 2013
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Donna Leon has won a huge number of passionate fans and a tremendous amount of critical acclaim for her international bestselling mystery series featuring Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti. These accolades have built up not just for her intricate plots and gripping narratives, but for her insight into the culture, politics, family-life, and history of Venice, one of the world's most-treasured cities, and Leon's home for over thirty years. Readers love how Leon opens the doors to a private Venice, beyond the reach of the millions of international tourists who delight in the city's canals, food, and art every year.

My Venice and Other Essays will be a treat for Leon's many fans, as well as for lovers of Italy and La Serenissima. For many years, Leon, who is a perennial #1 bestseller in Germany, has written essays for European publications. Collected here are the best of these: over fifty funny, charming, passionate, and insightful essays that range from battles over garbage in the canals to the troubles with rehabbing Venetian real estate. She shares episodes from her life in Venice, explores her love of opera, and recounts tales from in and around her country house in the mountains. With pointed observations and humor, she also explores her family history and former life in New Jersey, and the idea of the Italian man.
On Venice
On music
On mankind and animals
On men
On America
On books.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The many thousands of readers who love Donna Leon's Guido Brunetti mysteries love them for multiple reasons, the least of which is probably their plots. Not that there is anything wrong with those plots, but it is the side dishes surrounding the plots that entrance us, especially the character of the cynical yet sensitive Brunetti and the way he interacts with his family. So it is with the essays in this collection of Leon's brief nonfiction writings. Whether she is musing about Venice, expressing not only an appealing crankiness about garbage or Bermuda shorts-wearing tourists but also an unassailable love of the human interaction that the city's car-free status makes possible; or about her love for classical music; or her mixed reactions to America; or her thoughts on men, she never fails to explore the periphery of her topic, deepening her theme and giving it context and nuance. A favorite? How about With Barbara Vine, in which two celebrated mystery writers chat about their favorite ways of doing somebody in ( Oh, I love a good push down the step )?--Ott, Bill Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Best known for her Venetian mystery series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti (The Golden Egg, etc.), Leon turns to real life with this engaging yet overstuffed essay collection on everything from her adopted city to animals. Divided into six sections-On Venice, On Music, On Mankind and Animals, On Men, On America, and On Books-Leon muses, reminisces, and often complains about her Italian home of more than 30 years. While Venice isn't associated with cleanliness, Leon makes it clear just how dirty the city is in the bluntly titled "Garbage" and "Shit" (the latter of the canine variety). But in the titular essay, it's clear also that she loves the community feel and unforced camaraderie of her neighborhood, where the city's lack of cars means citizens are "forced to walk [and] forced to meet." A music aficionado, with a particular penchant for the underappreciated Handel, Leon makes the arias and orchestrations come alive in "On Beauty and Freedom in the Opera" and "Confessions of an American Handel Junkie." Originally from New Jersey, though she's lived and taught in locations as varied as Saudi Arabia and China, Leon takes her native country to task on issues of obesity ("Fatties"), the Manhattan male ("The New York Man"), and fear ("The United States of Paranoia"). With most of the essays running no longer than three or four pages, the volume leans a bit too much on the side of quantity (there are 55 essays), but Leon's distinctive voice is reason enough to power through. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Leon, Donna.
Leon, Donna -- Homes and haunts -- Italy -- Venice.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Authors, American -- Homes and haunts -- Italy -- Venice.
Americans -- Italy -- Venice -- Biography.
Venice (Italy) -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Atlantic Monthly Press,2013
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Essays.
Language English
Description ix, 222 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780802120366 (hardcover)
0802120369 (hardcover)
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