Do you want to know about some aspects and nuances of italian culture ?
Today I want to reccomend the books of a great italian writer :
– Gaia BAmman was born and raised in Italy. She moved to the United States in her twenties to pursue her PhD in molecular biology. She’s currently a Professor of biology at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, where she was voted “the professor of the month” by her students. Her research and commentaries have been published in prestigious peer-reviewed international journals including Nature.
A bookworm from birth, she wrote throughout her childhood and won two short story competitions in Italy in her teens. Gaia is an avid traveler and her fiction is often inspired by her life adventures. She is mostly passionate about people and the struggles they face to embrace life. Her highest hope is to reach and help as many as she can through her writing as well as her teaching. She authored the Italian Saga, an irreverent series of humorous and insightful young adult novels taking place against the gorgeous backdrop of Northern Italy.
Among her favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Jandy Nelson, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Antoine de Saint Exupèry.
To learn italian language you need to understand italian culture
About the books
The Italian Saga is an addictive series of books following the same characters throughout their life doing all the things they thought they never would while searching for happiness.
The main character of the series is Leda, a bookish tomboy. She grows up in Italy in the 80s and 90s showing the reader a disarmingly honest portrait of a country most people think they know; a world where superstition, religion, and sensuality mix in an unlikely combination.
Book one, “An Italian Adventure, It Will All Make Less Sense When You Grow Up” is a romp through childhood, family, adventures, and friendship. Book two, “Out of the Nest, An Italian Summer” takes place on the summer of 1990 when the 14th FIFA soccer world cup took place in Italy and it’s a book about first crushes and first kisses. Book three, “Forget Nico, Falling for the Wrong Italian” is a heartfelt recount of a tormented love story in the context of teen angst, loneliness and insecurity. Book four, likely to be released at the end of 2016, will be titled “Sex-O-S, the Tragicomic Recount of an Italian Surviving her First Time” and it addresses the emotional and physical experience of a teenager figuring out her own sexuality.
The books, at first sight lighthearted and humorous, delve into problematic topics including divorce, abuse, sexuality, bullying, eating disorders, and many other issues plaguing young adults and not nearly talked about enough in our society. The beautiful descriptions ranging from the serene northern countryside to landmark places like Cinque Terre, the Alps, Milan, Padua, the Tuscan hills, and the unbelievable island of Sardinia take the reader for a journey they will likely never forget. Recommended to everyone thirteen and up with a fair warning: the books describe life through a candid lens and are not for the prudish. Also, there are some swearwords, but they are mostly in Italian (although the books are written in English).
Here you can read some interviews to Gaia B. Amman