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True Stories

edited by James O'Reilly and Tara Austen Weaver

Reviewed November 21, 2002.
Travelers’ Tales, San Francisco, 2002.  222 pages.
Available at Sembach Library.  (945.5 TRA)

My readers probably know by now that I thoroughly enjoy cross-cultural stories of travelers or people deciding to settle in a foreign culture.  This book is a collection of such tales, all set in Tuscany.

Each essay is only a few pages long, with embedded quotations from other writers peppered along the way.  Ferenc Mate and Frances Mayes, whose books on Tuscany I’ve already enjoyed, were included, as well as some famous literary names that I did not know had ever been in Italy.

Looking back, no single essay stands out in my mind, but all in all I found the book a delightful diversion, a chance to escape to Tuscany for a few minutes at a time.  I liked the format and want to look up some more of the Travelers’ Tales books.

Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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