I'm rather partial to this book, for obvious reasons. :-) It's a love story, a mystery and a tale of decadent popes, princes and the chef that fed them all.
This book was my first labor of love. Apicius was the world's first famous gourmand. He lived a luxurious life and had a wild, tragic death. I tell the story of how he got there.
Christine Simon$27.00 $25.11
This book is fun, and funny, and is the perfect feel-good book! A vacuum-cleaner salesman makes up a lie about a movie being made in their small town, and hilarity ensues.
Laura Morelli$16.99 $15.80
The Night Portrait is an astonishing, epic tale that seamlessly spans centuries of history and art, encompassing the beauty of the Renaissance and the horrible truths of Nazi Germany. Masterfully imagined and unforgettable, this riveting novel shows us the power of art to bring hope in a world of despair.
A stunning novel about a woman whose impact spanned continents and countries. Anita began her life as a revolutionary when she met Giuseppi Garibaldi, who was then the leader of the Brazilian resistance. She would then follow him, not to the ends of the earth, but to Italy, his native land, where he paved the way for Italy's unification. It's a story of love and romance, family and friends, and town and country--and what one will do to protect those things at all costs.
Stephanie Storey$24.99 $23.24
A delightful first-person story from one of Rome's most famous painters.
The latest from Alyssa Palombo, in which she turns our notion of bad-boy Cesare Borgia on its end.
Was Nero really as horrible as we think him to be? Or just misunderstood? Margaret George paints a fascinating new look at the emperor who watched Rome burn.
Olivia Kate Cerrone$12.00
Sicily's past is a tough one, particularly for the boys working in the sulfur mines. A short book, but one that will remain long in your memory.
My blurb for this novel: “This multilayered, astonishing novel takes you into the heart of a dark family legacy and twists you up with emotion on every page. How Fires End is beautifully written and startling in its revelations. I can’t stop thinking about this heartbreaking book.”
Anthony Doerr$16.00 $14.88
You may know Doerr from his other stunning novel, but lovers of Rome will love his poignant observations from the time he spent in the Eternal City after winning the Rome Prize.
Kate Quinn$16.00 $14.88
Kate Quinn has a number of books out, but I'm partial to this series, which features a different take on Bartolomeo Scappi, the famous chef I wrote about in my novel, THE CHEF'S SECRET. Intrigue, mystery, scandal and love affairs galore.
Jessie Chaffee$16.00 $14.88
A young woman's quest to find herself emotionally--and physically--in a city where food is means more than just sustenance.
Laura Morelli$16.49 $15.34
The first book I read by Laura Morelli, about a young gondola maker. It's a love story with an eye-opening dash of Venetian history on the side.
Lori Nelson Spielman$16.00 $14.88
A book about love and sisterhood set against the backdrop of il bel paese.
Sadly, the world is without Elle Newmark now. She was a brilliant food writer and one of the people who dipped deep into Italy's past and left a lasting mark on me.
The Roman myths that inspired countless other tales. This translation is absolutely beautiful and brings out Ovid's mastery of story.
Melodie Winawer$16.99 $15.80
A time-traveling love story that takes place in the midst of the Black Plague that nearly wipes out Siena.
Elena Ferrante$26.00 $24.18
Ferrante's newest novel is a page-turner and a deep look into the life of a young girl discovering the layers of lies her father and his family have developed around them.
Mark Lamprell$21.99 $20.45
A love story, narrated by Rome itself.
I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54
Robert Graves$17.95 $16.69
A masterpiece of fiction that has inspired movies, television and plays. Once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down.
The world's first "novel," this is a raucous, wild, sex-filled novel about the bizarre exploits of retired gladiator, Encolpius, and his slave and boyfriend Giton, a handsome sixteen-year-old boy.
Phyllis T. Smith$14.95
A look at the world of Ancient Rome through the eyes of Livia, one of the most infamous women in history.
Roma is a sweeping novel that spans centuries of la bella citta.
Robert Harris$17.00 $15.81
Robert Harris takes the reader through the days leading up to, and through the eruption that buried the city.