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Sicily, Culture through the Ages

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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On Persephone's Island

On Persephone's Island

by Mary Taylor Simeti

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Strong on the delights of rural life, Simeti's portrait of Sicily takes the form of a year-long journal, capturing the spirit of the people, daily life, traditions and the land. (ITL03, $15.95)

Midnight in Sicily, On Art, Food, History, Travel and La Cosa Nostra

Midnight in Sicily, On Art, Food, History, Travel and La Cosa Nostra

by Peter Robb

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Combining interviews, research and essays on Sicilian history and culture, this vivid report by journalist Robb is a superb introduction to Italy's glorious, corrupt and troubled south. (ITL74, $20.00)

The Leopard

The Leopard

by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Giuseppe Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition. (ITL11, $16.00)

Eyewitness Guide Sicily

Eyewitness Guide Sicily

by Eyewitness Guides | DK Publishing

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This superb guide to Sicily features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a synopsis of the island's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry. (ITL468, $23.00)

Sicily Map

Sicily Map

by Touring Club Italiano

  • 2011
  • MAP

A detailed map of Sicily (1:200,000) printed on water- and tear-resistant paper. (ITL181, $13.95)

 
Sicily Adventure Map

Sicily Adventure Map


by National Geographic Society

  • 2011
  • MAP

Printed on water- and tear-resistant paper, this handy, double-sided map (1:200,000) map includes insets of Lipari and other islands. (ITL20, $11.95)

Blue Guide Sicily

Blue Guide Sicily


by Ellen Grady

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 500 PAGES

This in-depth guide to Sicily's ancient history and archaeology features detailed maps and site plans. (ITL125, $26.95)

Eyewitness Top Ten Sicily

Eyewitness Top Ten Sicily


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Sicily. (ITL686, $14.00)

Insight Guide Sicily

Insight Guide Sicily


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A handsomely illustrated guide to the history, culture and attractions of Sicily and surrounding islands for the traveler featuring dozens of full color maps, hundreds of photographs and short essays on topics of interest. (ITL168, $21.99)

Michelin Green Guide Sicily

Michelin Green Guide Sicily


by Jonathan Gilbert

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Organized alphabetically and featuring Michelin's famous star ratings, this venerable driving guide includes excellent local maps and site plans, suggested tours and visitor sites. (ITL795, $21.99)

Wallpaper City Guide Palermo

Wallpaper City Guide Palermo


by Wallpaper City Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations. (ITA479, $11.95)

Excellent Cadavers, The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic

Excellent Cadavers, The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic


by Alexander Stille

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 467 PAGES

This fast-paced book is a gripping account of corruption in Italy. The author offers an utterly absorbing account of the assassination of two top anti-Mafia prosecutors in 1992. (ITL58, $17.95)

Gomorrah

Gomorrah


by Roberto Saviano | Virginia Jewiss

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Savaiano's expose of the Naples mob documents in graphic detail the depredations and violence of the killers, criminals and thugs of the Camorra. (ITL885, $16.00)

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

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


by John Keahey

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

Taken with Sicily, its culture and its literature, Keahey explores the food, history and pure pleasure of the place, using his heroes Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Leonardo Sciascia and other Sicilian literary greats as guides. (ITA274, $27.99)

Sicilian Odyssey

Sicilian Odyssey


by Francine Prose

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Novelist Francine Prose tries her hand at travel writing in this lyrical, vibrant and concise portrait of Sicily. Prose evokes Sicily's history, art, landscape and cuisine through considerations of her own journey across the island. (ITL451, $20.00)

Sicily, An Illustrated History

Sicily, An Illustrated History


by Joseph Privitera

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 145 PAGES

Privitera covers the scope of Sicily and its diverse civilizations in lively prose and well-chosen illustrations in this succinct history. (ITA158, $12.95)

Sicily, Three Thousand Years of Human History

Sicily, Three Thousand Years of Human History


by Sandra Benjamin

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 498 PAGES

With clarity and authority, Benjamin traces the rich legacy of the Greeks and Romans, Vandals and Goths, Arab traders, Normans, Bourbons and others who have contributed to the multi-faceted history of the kingdom of Sicily. (ITL731, $24.00)

Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present

Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present


by G. Messineo | E. Borgia

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 72 PAGES

In this illuminating overview, ingenious overlays depict 17 important sites as they appear today and how they may have appeared in the past. (ITL733, $29.95)

A House in Sicily

A House in Sicily


by Daphne Phelps

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

An old-fashioned memoir of life at Casa Cuseni, the pensione and garden in Taormina run by the indomitable Daphne Phelps, which has been a sanctuary for Tennessee Williams, Betrand Russell and other guests, famous and infamous, since 1947. (ITL148, $16.95)

Palermo

Palermo


by Roberto Alajmo

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 193 PAGES

In this charming little book, Alajmo offers a wry, lyrical portrait of his native city, its people, charms and "big problems." What follows is a rollicking, odd journey through the peccadilloes of the Sicilian city. (ITA212, $19.95)

Palmento, A Sicilian Wine Odyssey

Palmento, A Sicilian Wine Odyssey


by Robert V. Camuto

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

An American journalist living in France, Robert Camuto roams the vineyards and visits with vintners from Palermo to Marsala and the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in this year-long celebration of the culture and spirit of Sicily, Italy's largest and oldest wine region. (ITA205, $18.95)

Places of My Infancy

Places of My Infancy


by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 76 PAGES

This brief memoir, source material for a remarkable novel, chronicles the lost paradise of Lampedusa's childhood on his family's estate in Sicily at the start of the 20th century. Lampedusa grew up as the only child in an aristocratic Italian family and did not begin his writing career until his fifties, just two years before his death. (ITA334, $10.95)

Sicilian Carousel

Sicilian Carousel


by Lawrence Durrell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 291 PAGES

Durrell writes with warmth and grace of his journey around the island in the 1950s. (ITL08, $12.00)

A Vittorini Omnibus

A Vittorini Omnibus


by Elio Vittorini | Ernest Hemingway

  • LITERATURE
  • 1973
  • PAPER
  • 308 PAGES

These short novels by a modern master include Vittorini's classic tale of a sophisticated man who returns to his native village in Sicily. (ITL10, $18.95)

Sicily, A Literary Guide for Travellers

Sicily, A Literary Guide for Travellers


by Andrew Edwards

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

From local authors to classic writers like Cicero and Shakespeare and 20th-century greats D.H. Lawrence, Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and Ezra Pound, this literary survey reveals Sicily's multifaceted personality through literature. (ITA436, $25.00)

Sicily, Through Writers' Eyes

Sicily, Through Writers' Eyes


by Claire Horatio

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 306 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

Homer, Herodotus, D.H. Lawrence, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Elio Vittorini and Peter Robb are represented in this magnificent tour of Sicily, its history, culture and allure. (ITL780, $33.95)

The Four Corners of Palermo


by Giuseppe Di Piazza

  • MYSTERY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES
  • COMING IN OCTOBER

In DiPiazza's slim crime novel, set in 1980s Palermo, you can practically smell the gunpowder. In four great mafia vignettes, we are introduced to the worst of mafia gang warfare. (ITA508, $14.95)

The Mask of Apollo

The Mask of Apollo


by Mary Renault

  • LITERATURE
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Master of historical fiction Mary Renault centers her novel in the turbulent world of fourth-century B.C. Greece, where a tragic actor finds Plato and his friend trying to subdue the tyrannical ruler of Syracuse. (GRE224, $16.95)

The Ruby in Her Navel, A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century

The Ruby in Her Navel, A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century


by Barry Unsworth

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Unsworth transports the reader to the 12th century in this richly imagined novel of love and intrigue set in Norman Sicily, where Christian knights, Anatolian belly dancers, Jews and Arabs mix and mingle. (ITL760, $14.95)

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water


by Andrea Camilleri

  • MYSTERY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The first of Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries, nicely translated and shot through (pun intended) with not just memorable characters but also with Sicilian lore and politics. If you like the series, it continues in 16 more installments -- and counting. (ITL528, $15.00)

The Wine-Dark Sea

The Wine-Dark Sea


by Leonardo Sciascia | Avril Bardoni | Alberto Mobilio

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 201 PAGES

A collection of 13 stories, all set in the celebrated writers' native Sicily, and featuring mafiosi, carabinieri and villagers. (ITL408, $14.95)

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