“If we do not free and unite the whole of Italy, we shall never achieve liberty in any part of her.”

Giuseppe Garibaldi

Fiction

Winters Tale – Mark Helpren

Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem

Her Husband – Diane Middlebrook

Gilead – Marilynne Robinson

March – Geraldine Brooks

Olive Kittredge – Elizabeth Strout

Snow – Orhan Pamuk

San Remo Drive – Leslie Eopstein

Attonement – Ian McEwan

Bel Canto – Ann Patchett

The Dress Lodger – Sheri Holman

Amazing Adventures of Kavilier and Clay – Michael Chabon

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

Wind Up Bird Chronicles – Hakuri Murakmi

Strivers Row – Kevin Baker

How Fiction Works – James Wood

The Road Home – Rose Tremain

Balsac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel – Dai Sijje

Karmak Cafe – Naguib Mahfouz

The Outcast – Sadi Jones

A Happy Marriage – Rafael Yglesias

Casa Rossa – Francesca Marciano

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Garcia Marquez

Mrs. Dolloway – Virginia Woolf

The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

The Childrens War – Monique Charlesworth

City of Theives – David Beniof

The 19th Wife – David Edershoff

Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates

A Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil

The Attack – Yasmina Khadra

Non Fiction

Fast Girls – Emily White

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare – Stephen Greenblatt

The Empathic Civilization – Jeremy Rifkin

Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff

The Invention of Everything Else – Samantha Hunt

The Wauchula Woods Accord: Towards a New Understanding of Animals – Charles Siebert

Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

War – David Halberstam

Colors – Orphan Pamuk

Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Talking Hands – Margalit Fox

Enstein: His Life and Universe – Walter Isaacson

Short History of Myth – Karen Armstrong

Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir – Bich Minh Nguyen

Sleeping With Bad Boys – Alice Denham

Reading Like a Writer – Francine Prose

The Places in Between – Rory Stewart

The Girls Who Went Away – Anne Fessler

Strange Piece of Paradise – Terri Jentz

Oracle Bones – Peter Hessler

An Offer We Can’t Refuse – George De Stefano

You’re Wearing That? – Deborah Tannen

Tulip and the Pope: A Nun’s Story – Deborah Larsen

Going Sane – Adam Phillips

Blood Relation – Eric Konigsberg

The Planets – Dava Sobel

Warped Passages – Lisa Randall

Mary Boleyn: The Great & Infamous Whore – Allison Weir

Imagined Cities – Robert Alter

Marriage, A History – Stephanie Coontz

Landscape of History – John Lewis Gaddis

Journal of the Dead – Jason Kersten

Stolen Figs – Mark Rotella

The View From Lazy Point – Carl Safina

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life – Steve Almond

Tagore: Selected Poems – Rabindranath Tagore

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Betty Herself

Betty LaSorella

was born into an Italian family in Cicero, Illinois. After a lot of rabble-rousing and kid-raising, she now writes books and cooks up mischief and good food in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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