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A House in Sicily

A House in Sicily

  • Author: Daphne Phelps
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • ISBN: 9780786707942
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
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This is the captivating memoir of a resourceful woman who started life anew in the "most beautiful house in Sicily." For fifty years, at Casa Cuseni in the small Sicilian town of Taormina, Daphne Phelps has extended her English charm and warm hospitality to seasoned travelers and professional escapists as well as to writers and artists like Tennessee Williams, Bertrand Russell, Henry Faulkner, and Roald Dahl. This memoir tells their story, and hers. It begins in 1947 when, thirty-four years old and war-weary, a modest Englishwoman arrived in Taormina with little Italian, less money, and a plan to sell the property she had unexpectedly inherited. Instead, she fell in love, not just with the airy quarters of the golden stone house on a hillside but also with a community and its way of life. To save Casa Cuseni from certain demolition, Daphne converted her enchanting inheritance into the wondrous pensione that for nearly half a century she has run with the blessing of every Taorminan from the local silk-shirted godfather, Don Ciccio, to Concetta Genio, her steadfast cook, housekeeper, and friend. "A loving portrait ... of a vanishing way of life." - New York Times Book Review; "The often humorous clash of cultures ... [and] the stories of the ordinary Sicilian men and women who populate the pages that make this book, and this place, so special,... so thoroughly alive." - Chicago Tribune.

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

Her Father's House and Other Stories of Sicily

  • Author: Maria Messina
  • Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
  • ISBN: 9781558616486
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 144
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Stories of Sicily, immigration, and the lives of Sicilian women in the early 20th century.

Midnight In Sicily

Midnight In Sicily

On Art, Feed, History, Travel and la Cosa Nostra

  • Author: Peter Robb
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1466861290
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 480
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year From the author of M and A Death in Brazil comes Midnight in Sicily. South of mainland Italy lies the island of Sicily, home to an ancient culture that--with its stark landscapes, glorious coastlines, and extraordinary treasure troves of art and archeology--has seduced travelers for centuries. But at the heart of the island's rare beauty is a network of violence and corruption that reaches into every corner of Sicilian life: Cosa Nostra, the Mafia. Peter Robb lived in southern Italy for over fourteen years and recounts its sensuous pleasures, its literature, politics, art, and crimes.

The House at the Edge of Night

The House at the Edge of Night

  • Author: Catherine Banner
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada
  • ISBN: 0385686293
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
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A sweeping, propulsive family saga set on a romantic and beautiful Italian island, for fans of Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Beautiful Ruins. On the tiny, idyllic island of Castellamare, off the coast of Sicily, lies The House at the Edge of Night, an ancient bar run by the Esposito family. There, over the course of three generations--from the eve of World War One to the aftershocks of the 2008 financial crisis--the Esposito women will fight to hold their family together against the threats that break across their shores. As lush and magical as the island at its centre, The House at the Edge of Night is a story of love and secrets, endurance, loss and, ultimately, triumph. From the Hardcover edition.

Sicilian Odyssey

Sicilian Odyssey

  • Author: Francine Prose
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books
  • ISBN: 1426209088
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 192
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A blending of art and cultural criticism, travel writing, and personal narrative, Sicilian Odyssey is Francine Prose's imaginative consideration of the diverse cultural legacies found juxtaposed and entangled on the Mediterranean island of Sicily. She writes of the intensity of Sicily, the "commitment to the extreme," where the history is more colorful, the sun hotter, the cooking earthier, the violence more horrific, the carnival more raucous, the politics more Byzantine than other places on Earth, and how much the island can teach us about the triumph of beauty over violence and life over death. Prose examines architectural sites and objects and looks at the ways in which myth and actuality converge. Exploring the intact and beautiful Greek amphitheaters at Siracusa and Taormina, the cathedral at Monreale, the Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina, and some of the masterpieces of the Baroque scattered throughout the island, Prose focuses her keen insight to imagine them in their own time, to examine the evolution and decline of the cultures that produced them, and to deconstruct powerful responses each evokes in her. Illuminated by the author's own photographs, Sicilian Odyssey brings exotic and enigmatic Sicily to life through the prism of its past. From the Hardcover edition.

That Summer in Sicily

That Summer in Sicily

A Love Story

  • Author: Marlena De Blasi
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • ISBN: 1741757592
  • Category: Man-woman relationships
  • Page: 283
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Almost a fairytale, Marlena de Blasi takes us with her on a trip to Sicily, telling in her inimitable style fascinating stories of love, landscape, aristocratic romances and food.

Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons

Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons

Travels in Sicily on a Vespa

  • Author: Matthew Fort
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780312559182
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 337
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A travelogue for the seasoned food traveler and weekend gourmet alike; includes some recipes.

Bitter Almonds

Bitter Almonds

Recollections and Recipes from a Sicilian Girlhood

  • Author: Mary Taylor Simeti,Maria Grammatico
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 150402625X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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At the age of eleven, the daughter of a Sicilian sharecropper, Maria Grammatico, entered the San Carlo Institute in the mountaintop town of Erice, an orphanage run by nuns who were famous throughout Sicily for their almond pastries, but who were less adept at dealing with young girls. After ten years of hard work and harsh discipline, Maria emerged with the secrets of the nuns’ pastries hidden inside her head. This is the story of her carefree country childhood—her Dickensian life in the orphanage with no heat, no running water, and only wood-burning ovens—and her triumphs as an entrepreneur and a world-famous pastry chef. Bitter Almonds includes 46 of the recipes that she ‘stole’ from the nuns, committed to writing for the first time in these pages.

Made In Sicily

Made In Sicily

  • Author: Giorgio Locatelli
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0062130382
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 432
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From Giorgio Locatelli, bestselling author of Made in Italy, comes an exquisite cookbook on the cuisine of Sicily, which combines recipes with the stories and history of one of Italy’s most romantic, dramatic regions: an island of amber wheat fields, lush citrus and olive groves, and rolling vineyards, suspended in the Mediterranean Sea. Mapping a culinary landscape marked by the influences of Arab, Spanish, and Greek colonists, the recipes in Made in Sicily showcase the island’s diverse culinary heritage and embody the Sicilian ethos of primacy of quality ingredients over pretentiousness or fuss in which “what grows together goes together.”

Sicilian Food

Sicilian Food

Recipes from Italy's Abundant Isle

  • Author: Mary Taylor Simeti
  • Publisher: Grub Street Publishers
  • ISBN: 1908117915
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 352
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The definitive guide to Sicilian cooking filled with authentic, hard-to-find recipes from this sun-drenched island. Gleaned from the author’s friends, family, and acquaintances on the island of Sicily, Sicilian Food is a delicious journey through the food, traditions, and recipes of this corner of the world. Mary Taylor Simeti, an American who married a Sicilian, set out to discover the food of her husband firsthand. She haunted former convents and palaces where Palermo’s libraries have been maintained. She tested each ancient recipe herself and updated the methods, providing clear and easy-to-follow directions. The book reflects the unique culture of Sicily, both the external influences of a series of conquerors and the domestic changes brought about by peasant, clergy, and aristocrat alike. There are recipes using the vegetable abundance of the Sicilian landscape, recipes for ice cream or granita, and recipes with names like Virgins’ Breasts and Chancellor’s Buttocks. Rich with history, the book draws from Sicilian archives and museums and quotes from Homer, Plato, Apicius, Lampedusa, and Pirandello—offering not only a culinary adventure but also an experience that feels like traveling to Sicily.

Seeking Sicily

Seeking Sicily

A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean

  • Author: John Keahey
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1429990678
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 336
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"Keahey's exploration of this misunderstood island offers a much-needed look at a much-maligned land."—Paul Paolicelli, author of Under the Southern Sun Sicily is the Mediterranean's largest and most mysterious island. Its people, for three thousand years under the thumb of one invader after another, hold tightly onto a culture so unique that they remain emotionally and culturally distinct, viewing themselves first as Sicilians, not Italians. Many of these islanders, carrying considerable DNA from Arab and Muslim ancestors who ruled for 250 years and integrated vast numbers of settlers from the continent just ninety miles to the south, say proudly that Sicily is located north of Africa, not south of Italy. Seeking Sicily explores what lies behind the soul of the island's inhabitants. It touches on history, archaeology, food, the Mafia, and politics and looks to nineteenth- and twentieth-century Sicilian authors to plumb the islanders' so-called Sicilitudine. This "culture apart" is best exemplified by the writings of one of Sicily's greatest writers, Leonardo Sciascia. Seeking Sicily also looks to contemporary Sicilians who have never shaken off the influences of their forbearers, who believed in the ancient gods and goddesses. Author John Keahey is not content to let images from the island's overly touristed villages carry the story. Starting in Palermo, he journeyed to such places as Arab-founded Scopello on the west coast, the Greek ruins of Selinunte on the southwest, and Sciascia's ancestral village of Racalmuto in the south, where he experienced unique, local festivals. He spent Easter Week in Enna at the island's center, witnessing surreal processions that date back to Spanish rule. And he learned about Sicilian cuisine in Spanish Baroque Noto and Greek Siracusa in the southeast, and met elderly, retired fishermen in the tiny east-coast fishing village of Aci Trezza, home of the mythical Cyclops and immortalized by Luchino Visconti's mid-1940s film masterpiece, La terra trema. He walked near the summit of Etna, Europe's largest and most active volcano, studied the mountain's role in creating this island, and looked out over the expanse of the Ionian Sea, marveling at the three millennia of myths and history that forged Sicily into what it is today.

Sicily

Sicily

Three Thousand Years of Human History

  • Author: Sandra Benjamin
  • Publisher: Steerforth
  • ISBN: 1586421816
  • Category: History
  • Page: 512
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Tourists, armchair travelers, and historians will all delight in this fluid narrative that can be read straight through, dipped into over time, or used as a reference guide to each period in Sicily’s fascinating tale. Emigration of people from Sicily often overshadows the importance of the people who immigrated to the island through the centuries. These have included several who became Sicily’s rulers, along with Jews, Ligurians, and Albanians. Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards, Bourbons, the Savoy Kingdom of Italy and the modern era have all held sway, and left lasting influences on the island’s culture and architecture. Sicily’s character has also been determined by what passed it by: events that affected Europe generally, namely the Crusades and Columbus’s discovery of the Americas, remarkably had little influence on Italy’s most famous island. Maps, biographical notes, suggestions for further reading, a glossary, pronunciation keys, and much more make this unique book as essential as it is enjoyable. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Sicilian

The Sicilian

  • Author: Mario Puzo
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1448106915
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
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Michael Corleone's exile in Sicily is ending, but on the instructions of his father, The Godfather, he must bring back to him the young man known as Salvatore Giuliano - if he can find him. At sea amid the treacheries of a brutal and unfamiliar land, Michael must find a way through the labyrinthine deceits that surround him, while Giuliano prepares himself for a final confrontation with Don Croce, Capo di Capi of the Sicilian Mafia. A novel of explosive suspense, heroic action - and evil on an epic scale. In the hands of Mario Puzo's brilliantly sinister talent, the reader comes to know again the terrible magic of the Mafia.

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

  • Author: Mario Giordano
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 1328863573
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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"On her sixtieth birthday, Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily, intending to while away the rest of her days with good wine, a view of the sea, and few visitors. But Sicily isn't quite the tranquil island she thought it would be, and something always seems to get in the way of her relaxation. When her handsome young handyman goes missing--and is discovered murdered--she can't help but ask questions. Soon there's an investigation, a smoldering police inspector, a romantic entanglement, one false lead after another, a rooftop showdown, and finally, of course, Poldi herself, slightly tousled but still perfectly poised."--

Foods of Sicily and Sardinia and the Smaller Islands

Foods of Sicily and Sardinia and the Smaller Islands

  • Author: Giuliano Bugialli,John Dominis
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
  • ISBN: 9780847825028
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 288
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In paperback for the first time, this gloriously illustrated culinary tour through the islands of Southern Italy is a real delight. The extraordinarily talented Giuliano Bugialli delights us with recipes, anecdotes and history of the food of this storied region. With direct lineage from ancient times, the food of Sicily and Sardinia, and their small neighbors Elba, Giglio, Capri, and Ischia is a study of history itself. Beautifully photographed on location, delicious regional dishes are framed with a rich visual background of ancient ruins, old cities, and rugged landscapes. Special picture stories highlight the culture of the islands: the Vucciria, Palermo's raucous food market, tuna fishermen plying the Sicilian coast, baking of Carta da Musica, a bread enjoyed over the centuries, and the traditional brick oven.

The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife

The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife

  • Author: Veronica Di Grigoli
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN: 9781514802250
  • Category: Man-woman relationships
  • Page: 260
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When career-girl Veronica flies to Sicily for a friend's wedding, she accidentally falls in love with one of the groom's three-hundred cousins. A year later she has given up her job, house and friends, and is planning her own wedding with her Latin Lover in the shimmering heat of Sicily.

Palermo, City of Kings

Palermo, City of Kings

The Heart of Sicily

  • Author: Jeremy Dummett
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 1784530832
  • Category: History
  • Page: 272
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Palermo - the capital of Sicily - is a destination with a difference. The city is a treasure trove of original monuments and works of art, combined with architecture of grand proportions. Yet it also has a grittier side, shown by the continuing influence of the mafia. Jeremy Dummett here provides a concise overview of Palermo's eventful history, together with a survey of its most important monuments and sites. He looks at the influences of the city's various ancient rulers - the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Normans - as well as its more recent incarnation as part of the Italian state. In addition to being an essential companion for visitors to Palermo, this book can be equally enjoyed as a standalone history of the city and its place at the heart of Sicily.

Rick Steves Sicily

Rick Steves Sicily

  • Author: Rick Steves
  • Publisher: Rick Steves
  • ISBN: 1641711035
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 350
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Swim in the sparkling Mediterranean, marvel at the peak of Mount Etna, and get to know this region's timeless charm: with Rick Steves on your side, Sicily can be yours! Inside Rick Steves Sicily you'll find: Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring Sicily Rick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites Top sights and hidden gems, from the Norman cathedrals in the ancient city of Syracuse and the 13th-century Castello di Venere, to the sea caves of the Aeolian Islands How to connect with culture: Savor seafood-centric cuisine made from ancient recipes, catch an opera performance at the Teatro Massimo, or sample authentic Marsala wine Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps with Rick's candid, humorous insight The best places to eat, sleep, and relax with a glass of local Pinot Bianco Self-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums Detailed maps for exploring on the go Useful resources including a packing list, Sicilian and Italian phrase books, a historical overview, and recommended reading Over 350 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you down Complete, up-to-date information on Enna, Ragusa, Catania, Messina, Palermo, Trapani, Syracuse, Agrigento, Caltanissetta, the Aeolian, Aegadian, and Pelagian Islands, and more Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Sicily.

Sicilian Carousel

Sicilian Carousel

  • Author: Lawrence Durrell
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571288731
  • Category: History
  • Page: 240
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Having immersed himself in the islands of Rhodes, Corfu and Cyprus, Lawrence Durrell turns to Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, with its long and varied history and its spectacular archaeological remains. To equip himself for this formidable task, Durrell joined a tour, the 'Sicilian Carousel', and the account of his travels with a mixed bag of companions is characteristically sharp and witty. But the deeper theme is Mediterranean civilization, its manifestations and its meaning, not only in Sicily but in Greece, in Italy, in Southern France. The book includes several poems by Durrell, not previously published, all inspired by different parts of the island and is illustrated by a selection of elegant engravings. Sicilian Carousel is a book to treasure.

Sicily: A Cultural History

Sicily: A Cultural History

  • Author: Joseph Farrell
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing
  • ISBN: 1623710502
  • Category: History
  • Page: 293
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Long before it became an Italian offshore island, Sicily was the land in the center of the Mediterranean where the great civilizations of Europe and Northern Africa met. In ancient times it was the scene of conflicts between Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans and there are still more, better preserved Greek temples in Sicily than in the whole of mainland Greece. An Arab invasion in 827 made Sicily home to an Islamic culture, and through Sicily the Arabs introduced to Europe a range of products from sugar to pasta. Other conquering forces included the Catalan-Aragonese, the Spanish, the French, the Austrians and even the British who invented Marsala wine. Sicily today is familiar and unfamiliar, modernized and unchanging. Visitors will find in an out-of-the-way town an Aragonese castle, will stumble across a Norman church by the side of a lesser travelled road, will see red Muslim-styles domes over a Christian shrine, will find a Baroque church of breathtaking beauty in a village, will catch a glimpse from the motorway of a solitary Greek temple on the horizon and will happen on a the celebrations of the patron saint of a run-down district of a city, and will stop and wonder. There is more to Sicily than the Godfather and the mafia. • Land of Myth and Religious Feast: The myth of Persephone at the lake of Pergusa: the Holy Week processions in Enna and Erice; the festivities for St. Rosalia in Palermo, St. Agatha in Catania, St. James in Caltagirone. • History in Stone: The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento; Norman cathedrals in Palermo, Monreale and Cefalú; Saracen and Aragonese castles; Arab-Norman-Byzantine mosaics in the Palace of the Normans in Palermo, • Islands and Cities: The Aeolian Islands with their volcanoes at Stromboli and Vulcano; the hauntingly beautiful cities of Taormina and Cefalú; Mount Etna; the eighteenth-century Baroque towns of Ragusa and Noto.