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The Resource Summers in Supino : becoming Italian, by Maria Coletta McLean

Summers in Supino : becoming Italian, by Maria Coletta McLean

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Summers in Supino : becoming Italian
Title
Summers in Supino
Title remainder
becoming Italian
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by Maria Coletta McLean
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
An Italian Canadian woman recounts her annual summer trips with her husband to her ancestral village of Supino, Italy, in this heartwarming hybrid of travel guide and memoir. Written with humor and heart, it describes her process of adjusting to life in her father's hometown, as well as the eccentricities of its people. Supino's colorful landscapes and citizens make for vivid stories, from pizzerias in sheep pastures and fish restaurants hidden in the woods to village-wide celebrations of figs, watermelon, azaleas, and artichokes
Review
  • Colletta McLean writes a vivid memoir of holidays she and her husband Bob spent in the small village of Supino, Italy (also featured in her previous memoir My Father Came From Italy). She quickly transports readers into the charm and richness of village life — terra cotta rooftops, hills of beech trees and vineyards, cascading azaleas, friendly neighbors, bountiful gardens, and village shops. Readers can vicariously breakfast at Bar Italia with cappuccinos and cornettos, collect fresh bread and groceries from the street market, attend festivals in the surrounding villages, dine on local specialties, and experience the intricacies and eccentricities of Supinese life. As Bob and Maria's love for the place and the people grows, they begin to dream of living half of each year there. Bob decides to leave his business in Toronto in order to open his own café in Supino. That dream is scuttled when he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, but the tragic turn also reveals how the summer visitors have become citizens. Bob is mourned as a "son of Supino." The idyll becomes a story of love and family. As a Supinese friend tells Maria, ‘We are with you, ogni momento, ogni giorno, every moment, every day." Agent: Carolyn Swayze (Apr.) U.S. Distribution: Independent Publishers Group. --Staff (Reviewed June 24, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 25, p)
  • Canadian writer McLean continues the charming tales of her annual vacations to Italy she began in My Father Came from Italy . Rural Supino, southeast of Rome, is full of the down-to-earth characters and humorous events readers have come to expect in travel memoirs, and McLean and her husband, Bob, find themselves both overwhelmed and enchanted by their Italian neighbors. Plans to take a day trip, remodel their tiny patio, or even dine are routinely upended by their friends. As the newcomers learn to appreciate Supinese ways, they find themselves becoming more Italian in their outlook and habits. Wanting to spend more than a few weeks each year in Supino, Bob makes plans to open his own coffee bar in the town square. VERDICT McLean's story begins and ends with personal loss, but the sadness is balanced with much optimism. Her moving story, full of fondness for the Supinese and love for her family, is a good choice for readers who share a longing to connect with their ancestral homes.— Linda M. Kaufmann, Massachusetts Coll. of Liberal Arts Lib., North Adams --Linda M. Kaufmann (Reviewed June 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 10, p126)
Biography type
autobiography
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10217996
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1946-
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McLean, Maria Coletta
Dewey number
914.56
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • McLean, Maria Coletta
  • McLean, Bob
  • Canadians
  • Supino (Italy)
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becoming Italian : a memoir
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Summers in Supino : becoming Italian, by Maria Coletta McLean
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volume
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text
Control code
000051767229
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
185 pages
Isbn
9781770411371
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Label
Summers in Supino : becoming Italian, by Maria Coletta McLean
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000051767229
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
185 pages
Isbn
9781770411371
Isbn Type
(pbk.)

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