There are some very good books coming out of West Africa, though – books that really capture life, culture, and a world that people outside of Africa often don’t get to see either in person or in print. With one of my newest favorite authors, Aminatta Forna, Sierra Leone is firmly represented on that growing list.
Can we just discuss for a moment here the fact that a picture of someone reading from the Kindle app on their iPad is nowhere near as artsy and appealing as a picture of someone reading an actual book?
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Travelling is always a great experience. It is even more great if you know some of the area’s history, and can see things in context. That’s why we’re bringing you this randomly occuring series, Before You Go, Read.
Naples, Italy is an amazing and awful and fascinating and frustrating city. During a day in Naples, it is not uncommon to feel all these things on the same day. Two books can help to unlock the mystery of Naples.
The first book is historical fiction with a strong romantic theme. The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella is the story of a young Italian woman who is a fabulous cook, and follows her life as it is impacted by World War II. It is also the story of a young English officer sent to Naples to prevent marriages between local women and English soldiers. While the outcome seems obvious, the story is truly amazing. The book cover and the Amazon listing both focus on the romantic story, but I was significantly more fascinated by the evocative descriptions of war-time life in Naples. Prior to reading this book, I could not imagine the ways in which the war destroyed the city. It gave me a new perspective on both the city itself, and an amazing appreciation for its older residents.
There is no way to adequately express how much my perspective on Naples was altered by these two books. I give them my highest recommendation for deepening my appreciation for the region and its people.
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