Mother Tongue: An American Life in Italy

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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.2 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Wallis Wilde-Menozzi's books include The Other Side of the Tiber and Toscanelli's Ray. Her poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in Granta, The Best Spiritual Writing, Words Without Borders, and Tel Aviv Review. A collection of her essays was published in Italian as L'Oceano e'dentro di noi. Currently she is teaching migrant women who are waiting for their Italian papers.

"Mother Tongue is a sustained and generous meditation on difference, the discovery of oneself and one's own culture through the urgent need to come to terms with another. Few writers have savoured Italy so intimately and intelligently, over so many years, or brought their experience to the page with such candour and clarity." --Tim Parks, author of Europa

"This book is a large, beautiful window into the intelligent, literate, reflective life of Italy--intimately lived and observed by a modern American woman. A wise and delightful work, admirable in its synthesis of understanding, independence, and rare humility." --Shirley Hazzard, author of The Great Fire

"[Wilde-Menozzi] delves deeply into both the negative and the positive aspects of Italy's close-knit families and devotion to tradition . . . Wilde-Menozzi's writing is original and often poetic and moving." --Publishers Weekly

"A poignant and poetic memoir of an American woman's life in Parma, Italy . . . Wilde-Menozzi is passionate, sensuous, even fierce . . . Life, death, politics, language, art, books, food, and love commingle on the page . . . Evocative and moving." --Kirkus Reviews

"Someday I hope to have the courage to write a book like Wallis Wilde-Menozzi's Mother Tongue. As for our styles, it's clear that I'm a hockey player; she's a ballerina." --Beppesevergnini, author La Bella Figure: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind