Dianne Hales - La Passione (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 4:00pm

From New York Times bestselling author Dianne Hales, knighted by the President of Italy for her writing, comes a jubilant exploration of how Italy transformed the Western world's most vibrant passions. 

No country has matched Italy’s impact on culture. Just think of painting without Leonardo, opera without Verdi, fashion without Armani, food without the signature tastes of pasta, gelato, and pizza.  The first universities, first banks, first public libraries? All Italian. Dianne Hales attributes these landmark achievements to la passione italiana, a primal force that stems from an insatiable hunger to discover and create; to love and live with every fiber of one's being.  This fierce drive, millennia in the making, blazes to life in the Sistine Chapel, surges through a Puccini aria, deepens a vintage Brunello, and rumbles in a gleaming Ferrari engine.

Our ideal tour guide, Hales sweeps readers along on her adventurous quest for the secrets of la passione.  She swims in the playgrounds of mythic gods, shadows artisanal makers of chocolate and cheese, joins in Sicily’s Holy Week traditions, celebrates a neighborhood Carnevale in Venice, and explores pagan temples, vineyards, silk mills, movie sets, crafts studios, and fashion salons. She introduces us, through sumptuous prose, to unforgettable Italians, historical and contemporary, all brimming with the greatest of Italian passions—for life itself.

A lyrical portrait of a spirit as well as a nation, La Passione appeals to the Italian in all our souls, inspiring us to be as daring as Italy’s gladiators, as eloquent as its poets, as alluring as its beauties, and as irresistible as its lovers.

Dianne Hales is the author of La Bella Lingua, a New York Times best-seller; Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, translated into six languages; and more than forty trade and text books.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780451499165
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown Archetype - April 16th, 2019

A jubilant celebration of Italy’s outsize impact on culture, from literature to art, music to movies, that “masterfully examines the multitude of reasons why so many people fall in love with Italy and the Italian lifestyle” (Forbes)