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La Bella Lingua


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Author : Dianne Hales
language : en
Publisher: Broadway
Release Date : 2009



La Bella Lingua written by Dianne Hales and has been published by Broadway this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2009 with Travel categories.


Follows the author's quest to learn Italian over twenty-five years and her study of the ties between the language and Italy's culture, literature, history, and food.

La Bella Lingua


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Author : Dianne Hales
language : en
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date : 2010



La Bella Lingua written by Dianne Hales and has been published by HarperCollins Australia this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2010 with Australians categories.


For anyone who has ever travelled to Italy or simply dreams of going there one day, the fantasy of living la dolce vita is powerfully seductive. Dianne Hales is no exception, but she also fell truly, madly and deeply in love with the language. The result is La Bella Lingua, a joyous, funny and warmly affectionate celebration of Italy.

La Passione


La Passione
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Author : Dianne Hales
language : en
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Release Date : 2019-04-16



La Passione written by Dianne Hales and has been published by Crown Archetype this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2019-04-16 with History categories.


From the New York Times bestselling author knighted by the President of Italy for her writing, a jubilant exploration of how Italy transformed the Western world's most vibrant passions -- from literature to art, music to movies. No country has matched Italy’s impact on culture. Just think of painting without Leonardo, opera without Verdi, fashion without Armani, food without the signature tastes of pasta, gelato, and pizza. The first universities, first banks, first public libraries? All Italian. Dianne Hales attributes these landmark achievements to la passione italiana, a primal force that stems from an insatiable hunger to discover and create; to love and live with every fiber of one's being. This fierce drive, millennia in the making, blazes to life in the Sistine Chapel, surges through a Puccini aria, deepens a vintage Brunello, and rumbles in a gleaming Ferrari engine. Our ideal tour guide, Hales sweeps readers along on her adventurous quest for the secrets of la passione. She swims in the playgrounds of mythic gods, shadows artisanal makers of chocolate and cheese, joins in Sicily’s Holy Week traditions, celebrates a neighborhood Carnevale in Venice, and explores pagan temples, vineyards, silk mills, movie sets, crafts studios, and fashion salons. She introduces us, through sumptuous prose, to unforgettable Italians, historical and contemporary, all brimming with the greatest of Italian passions—for life itself. A lyrical portrait of a spirit as well as a nation, La Passione appeals to the Italian in all our souls, inspiring us to be as daring as Italy’s gladiators, as eloquent as its poets, as alluring as its beauties, and as irresistible as its lovers.

Mona Lisa


Mona Lisa
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Author : Dianne Hales
language : en
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date : 2015-08-18



Mona Lisa written by Dianne Hales and has been published by Simon and Schuster this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2015-08-18 with Art categories.


"A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. No face has ever captivated so many for so long. Every year more than nine million visitors trek to her portrait in the Louvre. Yet while everyone recognizes her smile, hardly anyone knows her story. This book rests on the premise that the woman in the Mona Lisa is indeed the person identified in its earliest description: Lisa Gherardini (1479-1542), wife of the Florence merchant Francesco del Giocondo. Dianne Haleshas followed facts wherever she could find them -- from the Florence State Archives, to the squalid street where she was born, to the ruins of the convent where she died. Lisa Gherardini was a quintessential woman of her times, caught in a whirl of political upheavals, family dramas, and public scandals. Descended from ancient nobles, she gave birth to six children and died at age sixty-three. Her life spanned the most tumultuous chapters in the history of Florence, decades of war, rebellion, invasion, siege, and conquest--and of the greatest artistic outpouring the world has ever seen. Her story creates an extraordinary tapestry of Renaissance Florence, inhabited by larger-than-legend figures such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli. Mona Lisa: ALife Discovered takes readers beyond the frame of Leonardo's masterpiece and introduces them to a fully dimensional human being"--

Bella Figura


Bella Figura
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Author : Kamin Mohammadi
language : en
Publisher: Vintage
Release Date : 2018-05-08



Bella Figura written by Kamin Mohammadi and has been published by Vintage this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2018-05-08 with Self-Help categories.


“She walks down the street with a swing in her step and a lift to her head. She radiates allure as if followed by a personal spotlight. She may be tall or short, slim or pneumatically curvaceous, dressed discreetly or ostentatiously—it matters not. Her gait, her composure, the very tilt of her head is an ode to grace and self-possession that makes her beautiful whatever her actual features reveal.” This is the bella figura, the Italian concept of making every aspect of life as beautiful as it can be, that Kamin Mohammadi discovered when she escaped the London corporate media world for a year in Italy. Following the lead of her new neighbors, she soon found a happier, healthier, and more beautiful way of living. The bella figura knows: • That the food that you eat should give you pleasure while eating it. Pause for meals, and set a place, even if you are eating alone. • To seize any opportunity to get moving—be it taking the stairs, doing a coffee run at work, or dancing with abandon. • To drink a spoonful of excellent-quality extra-virgin olive oil four times a day. • To seek out nature, be it a city park, a tree on your street, or some wild place. • And to love yourself. The bella figura—occupies her space, emotionally and physically, with style and entitlement.

La Bella Figura


La Bella Figura
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Author : Beppe Severgnini
language : en
Publisher: Broadway Books
Release Date : 2008-11-12



La Bella Figura written by Beppe Severgnini and has been published by Broadway Books this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2008-11-12 with Travel categories.


Join the bestselling author of Ciao, America! on a lively tour of modern Italy that takes you behind the seductive face it puts on for visitors—la bella figura—and highlights its maddening, paradoxical true self You won’t need luggage for this hypothetical and hilarious trip into the hearts and minds of Beppe Severgnini’s fellow Italians. In fact, Beppe would prefer if you left behind the baggage his crafty and elegant countrymen have smuggled into your subconscious. To get to his Italia, you’ll need to forget about your idealized notions of Italy. Although La Bella Figura will take you to legendary cities and scenic regions, your real destinations are the places where Italians are at their best, worst, and most authentic: The highway: in America, a red light has only one possible interpretation—Stop! An Italian red light doesn’t warn or order you as much as provide an invitation for reflection. The airport: where Italians prove that one of their virtues (an appreciation for beauty) is really a vice. Who cares if the beautiful girls hawking cell phones in airport kiosks stick you with an outdated model? That’s the price of gazing upon perfection. The small town: which demonstrates the Italian genius for pleasant living: “a congenial barber . . . a well-stocked newsstand . . . professionally made coffee and a proper pizza; bell towers we can recognize in the distance, and people with a kind word and a smile for everyone.” The chaos of the roads, the anarchy of the office, the theatrical spirit of the hypermarkets, and garrulous train journeys; the sensory reassurance of a church and the importance of the beach; the solitude of the soccer stadium and the crowded Italian bedroom; the vertical fixations of the apartment building and the horizontal democracy of the eat-in kitchen. As you venture to these and many other locations rooted in the Italian psyche, you realize that Beppe has become your Dante and shown you a country that “has too much style to be hell” but is “too disorderly to be heaven.” Ten days, thirty places. From north to south. From food to politics. From saintliness to sexuality. This ironic, methodical, and sentimental examination will help you understand why Italy—as Beppe says—“can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters or ten minutes.”

Think Thin Be Thin


Think Thin Be Thin
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Author : Doris Wild Helmering
language : en
Publisher: Harmony
Release Date : 2005



Think Thin Be Thin written by Doris Wild Helmering and has been published by Harmony this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2005 with Health & Fitness categories.


Argues that the key to a healthy body lies in a healthy attitude toward food and exercise, utilizing proven psychological strategies and effective exercises to help readers transform negative behaviors and offering practical tips on how to curb emotional eating, motivating oneself to exercise, overcoming diet plateaus, and more. Original. 17,500 first printing.