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In Maremma

Life and a House in Southern Tuscany

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November 29, 2011 | Paperback | 4.9 x 8.8, 160 Pages | ISBN 9781582437774
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“The lovely effect this [book] has is that you don’t yearn to uproot your entire life and move to Italy... The mundane is made charming. Priceless.” —Los Angeles Times

Now with stunning illustrations and color photographs, this newly expanded edition of In Maremma recounts David Leavitt and Mark Mitchell’s restoration of a dilapidated 1950s farmhouse in southern Tuscany. Beautifully written, witty, and concise, it recounts the process by which they became initiated into a part of Italian life foreigners rarely see. The pleasures of the olive harvest and picking wild asparagus are juxtaposed with the vagaries of political corruption and self-perpetuating bureaucracy. Landscape and weather provide the stuff of reverie, as do the benefits of boredom and the longing for peanut butter. A celebration and exploration of a little-known part of Italy, In Maremma is a fond if sometimes critical corrective to other more rapturous portrayals of Tuscany.

DAVID LEAVITT and MARK MITCHELL are the authors of numerous books, including Pages Passed from Hand to Hand and Italian Pleasures. They divide their time between Florida and Italy.

Praise

“Learning to do things ‘the Italian way’ coupled with the complexities only gay men can impart to creating a home proves to be an ultimately rewarding (and entertaining) endeavor.” —Genre

“The lovely effect this [book] has is that you don’t yearn to uproot your entire life and move to Italy… Instead, you watch yourself… as if, for one glorious moment, you were a traveler, a tourist, a visitor, a foreigner. The mundane is made charming. Priceless.” —Los Angeles Times

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