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***Notes From a Roman Terrace

by Joan Marble

Reviewed September 13, 2005.
Doubleday, New York, 2003.  285 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (712.609 MAR).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005 (#4, Cross-Cultural)

Notes from a Roman Terrace is a lovely book that gives the reader the flavor of living in Rome.  Joan Marble and her family have had a home in Rome for over forty years.  This book talks about their first flat with a proper terrace and the trials and tribulations they went through to get a proper garden going on that terrace in an old palazzo not equipped for watering plants.

She also talks about the wonder as well as daily challenges of living in Rome, including the tendency of long-forgotten friends to suddenly look them up.  She talks about the colorful characters and fellow-gardeners whom she has met in Rome.  And she also gives a perspective on Italy and Italians from an outsider who lives among them with great fondness.

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