The Stone Boudoir: Travels Through the Hidden Villages of Sicily [NOOK Book]

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In this sparkling book, Theresa Maggio takes us on a journey in search of Sicily’s most remote and least explored mountain towns. Using her grandparents’ ancestral village of Santa Margherita Belice as her base camp, she pores over old maps to plot her adventure, selecting as her targets the smallest dots with the most appealing names. Whether she’s writing about the unique pleasures of Sicilian street food, the damage wrought by molten lava, the ancient traditions of Sicilian bagpipers, or the religious ...
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The Stone Boudoir: Travels Through the Hidden Villages of Sicily

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Overview

In this sparkling book, Theresa Maggio takes us on a journey in search of Sicily’s most remote and least explored mountain towns. Using her grandparents’ ancestral village of Santa Margherita Belice as her base camp, she pores over old maps to plot her adventure, selecting as her targets the smallest dots with the most appealing names. Whether she’s writing about the unique pleasures of Sicilian street food, the damage wrought by molten lava, the ancient traditions of Sicilian bagpipers, or the religious processions that consume entire villages for days on end, Maggio succeeds in transporting readers to a wholly unfamiliar world, where almonds flower in February and the water tastes of stone. A beautifully wrought meditation on time and place, The Stone Boudoir will be cherished by all who love fine travel writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619020269
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 559,529
  • File size: 448 KB

Meet the Author

Theresa Maggio grew up in the New Jersey Meadowlands, the granddaughter of Sicilian immigrants, and has worked as a free-lance travel and science writer since the early 1990s. The author of Mattanza, which was named one of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2000 by the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor, her work has appeared frequently in the New York Times as well as the Financial Times, the London Daily Telegraph, the New York Daily News, and the Miami Herald, among other publications. She lives in Vermont. Visit her website at www.theresamaggio.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Enjoyable

    This was a quick read,enjoyable with beautiful descriptions. It leaves you wanting to know more about Sicily.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

    great read

    I loved this book. I've read it three times. It made me want to travel to Sicily and experience it for myself. I really enjoy her writing and wonderful descriptions. I've recommended it to several people and they have also loved it. It was very different from other "travel to Sicily" books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    I really enjoyed this book until about Chapter/Essay 25, at which point it turned into just another book about Mediterranean food and festivals. Man, I've read all of that, again and again, in 'A Year in Provence' and 'Under the Tuscan Sun' and a dozen other books. It seems as if only a half-dozen villages are really discussed, and half the book seems to be on Polizzi Generosoa. I really enjoyed the book until Chapter 25, but then it was the same old rehash of the wonderful food and delightful festival attendees. It was also at that point that the author seemed to start spending a lot of time in bars, reporting on snatches of overheard conversation, but not expanding this into anything interesting. 'A Year in Provence' is the same thing as this book but told in a much more intimate and amusing manner. I kind of had the feeling that the author was trying to fill pages, not to really relate anything that mattered. She should have taken the first 25 chapters and expanded them, rather than just re-hash typical trash.

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