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"My Home Sweet Rome" now in paper PDF Print E-mail
Apr 01, 2014 at 03:15 PM

Image It's a great place to visit, but would you really want to live there? If you want to be able to answer that question, read mybook, My Home Sweet Rome: Living (and Loving) in the Eternal City, which is now on Amazon.com ( http://goo.gl/fVqFwM or http://goo.gl/eUBjpL) bboth in print and Kindle format. And if you like it and enjoy it, please write a review. Reviews are particularly important for independent authors.

As for me, after living in the Eternal City for close to 40 years, I can answer that question in the affirmative; I am here for the duration. But it is a resounding "yes, but". A native New Yorker, I moved to Rome after graduate school and am not going anywhere. But I wrote My Home Sweet Rome to describe what life is really like in the Italian capital: beguiling, intoxicating and ......infuriating. Italy's people, its food, the architectural and artistic remnants of a glorious past are probably unequalled. But the country's stifling bureaucracy, its dead-end politics and contradictory social customs can make you despair and daily life can often be a challenge.

As a foreign correspondent, I also lived through the less pleasant phases of recent Italian history like the Mafia's attack on the State, terrorism, the assassination attempt on the life of the first (but not the last) non-Italian Pope and the meteoric rise of Silvio Berlusconi. And as an attractive single woman, I also leaerned a lot about what love (and sex) are really like with Italian men, be they average Giuseppes or high-placed movers and shakers.

"Ever wondered what it would be like to wake up every morning surrounded by a cast of Roman characters straight out of Fellini? To fall in love with not one Italian, but many, again and again? Sari Gilbert is the ultimate insider-outsider, a journalist who knows what's really going on and has a wonderful ability to describe what it looks like, smells like, feels like, to live like a Roman." Robin Lustig, British journalist and commentator.


"I can't imagine a better introduction to Rome than this - a first-hand account with lots of illuminating and often amusing anecdotes. It is the most perceptive analysis of the Italian way of life that I have read since Luigi Barzini's The Italians fifty years ago."
Katherine, former U.S. diplomat and Rome resident.

 

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