Review To Find: The Search For Meaning In Life On The Gringo Trail J.R. Klein
Biography , Book reviews / March 25, 2020

That is a book about a travel experience which turns into a spiritual journey. If I would have read this literary work in a different time, I would have recommended it to travel lovers, but today, in these hard days and after diving into the wonderful remembrances of the author, I can absolutely say that this book is for everybody, especially for those who are struggling with fear, panic and grief. The story is about the quest for a new way of living. And that is my review about the book titled: To Find: The Search For Meaning In Life On The Gringo Trail. The work is a heartfelt memoir written by J.R. Klein about his travel through Mexico and Central America in 1980. The writing style is poetical, such as a fiction book, even though is true like the experience the author narrated. At the beginning of the story, the author, who chooses to be called Alex, is a science student in the United States. He has a girlfriend, but he does not feel fulfilled. We are in the 1980s; Alex feels emptiness in his life and, to get rid by his inner suffering, decides to start an adventurous…

Review To the Survivors Robert Uttaro
Book reviews , Essays / March 4, 2020

To the Survivors is the touching memoir written by Robert Uttaro. The book arrived in my hands at the proper time and just some days after learning about the upcoming conviction of Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer accused of sexual harassment and sexual violence against some now popular actresses. To the Survivors is the journey of a 30 year American guy, Robert Uttaro, who serves as a voluntary counselor at a healing center for sexual trauma survivors in the United States. Indeed, the complete title of the book is To the Survivors: One Man’s Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence. The work is a light of hope in the black hole of loneliness of women, men and even children who have been victims of sexual violence. Anyway, the work is not a debate about sexual violence, it is a way to give a voice to those who were raped by their best friends, their partners, their husband, their employer, by the priest in their parish. Behold: true stories, true life, not a Television show such as the one about the aforementioned Weinstein. These stories tell about sexual violence by the depths of the soul…

Best modern Italian novels translated into English
Book list , Italian books / February 18, 2020

Where to buy the best modern Italian novels translated into English? You can buy them in this post. As an Italian book lover, in fact, I selected, the best fiction books written by Italian novelists and translated into English from 2015 to now. In this list of the best modern Italian books translated into English, you won’t find the usual modern Italian novels you already bought and read, but new and contemporary Italian fiction books, recently released, translated into English and that you haven’t read, yet! Explore the list, read the description, click the links and then push the button to buy these rare pearls of the modern Italian literature. If you are a lover of Italian books and culture, I guarantee that these books are really unmissable for you, because they are the English editions from recent and contemporary novels written by Italian authors. I am also sure they will become the best modern books of this latest decade. The first best modern Italian novel translated into English is What Hell is Not, by Italian novelist Alessandro D’Avenia. What Hell is Not is the English translation from Ciò che Inferno non è. It has been released in 2019 and…

Best books 2019
Advicesbooks Prize / January 13, 2020

What are the best books of 2019? Rather, what are the best books I read and reviewed last year? Read this post to discover it, because you are just landed on the article of Advicesbooks Prize.  The prize relates to the best books I read and reviewed in the previous year. I read tons of books every year, but this year, I am absolutely sure about the best books I read in 2019. They are two: one written by a traditionally published author and another one written by a self-published author. Well, the best books I read in 2019 are: The Painted Bridge, by Wendy Wallace and The Certain Hope by E. C. Jackson.  Those are two fiction books written by women and with unforgettable female characters. The Painted Bridge is the poignant story of a woman who tempted to save sailors from a shipwreck and who is interned by her husband in an asylum during the kingdom of Queen Victoria, an age where women were denied every human right. The detail which made this novel poignant and internationally translated is the fact that the husband is a vindictive and malevolent priest! The staying in the asylum will be for…

Recensione Io sto con Marta! Giorgio Ponte
Italian books , Review IT / December 4, 2019

“Dedicato a tutti coloro che lottano per realizzare un sogno”. Questo il sottotitolo che mi ha spinto a leggere (e recensire) “Io sto con Marta!”, romanzo d’esordio di Giorgio Ponte. Io sto con Marta! è un lungo e vivido racconto di 400 pagine dedicato a tutti quelli che ogni giorno lottano per realizzare il sogno più importante della vita: avere un lavoro. E non un lavoro qualunque, ma quello sicuro, con una retribuzione dignitosa e in linea con le proprie aspirazioni. Lo stesso cercato e inseguito dalla protagonista, la 29 enne Marta Barbieri, siciliana di Palermo, che, dopo una laurea umanistica, si trasferisce a Milano per sostenere un colloquio con una casa editrice. Il colloquio, però, è il primo di una lunga serie di deludenti esperienze professionali. Da quel momento, Marta Barbieri diventa la giovane precaria con un talento naturale per i disastri, lavorativi ed esistenziali. Attraverso un personaggio buffo e tragicomico, Marta, appunto, Giorgio Ponte regala al lettore un’analisi lucida e spietata del mercato del lavoro in Italia, sfatando il mito della leggendaria Milano, dove, “se vuoi un lavoro si trova” e dove “tutti trovano sempre un lavoro”. Milano, come altre città italiane, viene descritta in chiaroscuro, con le…

Review of A Dead Every Now and Then, by Paolo Borrometi, a book about Mafia
Book reviews , Italian books / November 8, 2019

This is a new book about mafia, namely an outstanding accounting about the Sicilian mafia you must absolutely read. In my new book review, indeed, I decided to discuss about A Dead Every Now and Then, a poignant accounting about the death threats and the assaults of the Mafia against a reporter in Sicily. As a Sicilian, I felt the duty to review this book on the mafia on my book site, in order to let you know not only a literary masterpiece, but also to better understanding the ominous network of trades of the Mafia in Sicily and its dangerous ties with the American Mafia. The original title in Italian of the book is: Un Morto Ogni Tanto and the author is a Sicilian colleague of mine: Paolo Borrometi, a mafia reporter born in Ragusa, Sicily, in 1983, who, currently, lives between the beautiful baroque village of Modica and Rome. Just like me, Paolo Borrometi started his journalistic career working as a freelancer for the Giornale di Sicilia, unveiling, in his articles, the names and the crimes of the most dangerous mafia families in the so called invisible provinces of Sicily. Yes, because the mafia is not only the…

Pulling God’s Teeth: Book One of The Last Italian, A Saga in Three Parts by Anthony Delstretto
Book description / October 17, 2019

PULLING GOD’S TEETH is the first volume of The Last Italian, A Saga in Three Parts, a gripping tale that begins in 1882, in Italy, and spans more than six decades of social and political tumult. Three generations of the Como and Vacci families face rapacious landowners, deadly epidemics, harrowing warfare, perilous immigration, and fascist brutality during the Kingdom of Italy’s final sixty-three turbulent years. Throughout, as the characters balance their commitments to love, loyalty, and honor against the implacable demands of physical survival, Fate forever stands ready to abruptly intervene. The other books of the trilogy include: BOOK TWO: FATE’S RESTLESS FEET (1911-1913) BOOK THREE: DEATH TO THE WOLF (1942-1945) PULLING GOD’S TEETH (1882-1886) Twenty-four-year-old Carlo Como goes out fishing one dawn on the wide river near his northern Italian village of Castrubello. The Pirino has provided a living for the Como family for generations, but this morning Carlo hauls in a very different catch: three large white rocks known as “God’s Teeth.” The valuable stones, coveted by local ceramic-makers, will allow him to marry his love, Tonia Vacci, a worker in the town’s dismal silk mill. But the fisherman’s good fortune is resented by estate manager Baldassare Gaetano,…

Review The Retreat Mark Edwards
Best sellers , Book reviews / September 23, 2019

The Retreat is the best psychological thriller of 2019 written by British novelist Mark Edwards. Here, I wrote my review about this gripping thriller. First of all, you must know that the book has been released only last year, on May, 2018 and already has had tons of positive customer reviews on Amazon. I am also one of these customers, but I wrote and published my review on my book site, not on Amazon. I bought the Kindle edition of The Retreat, only a month ago. Although The Retreat has a length of 356 pages, I read it in one breath. It is true that I read many books, but when I devour a book in a few days, only, it is because the story is compelling and masterly written. Page after page, chapter after chapter, I has been dragged in the scary world of Mark Edwards, a novelist who writes psychological thrillers in which dark things happen to ordinary people. The Retreat seems a horror novel, but it is more than that. It is a mystery written with the style of Agatha Christie, where all of the characters are guilt, but none is never really guilt. The entire gloomy…

Review In the Closet of the Vatican Frederic Martel
Book reviews , Essays / July 9, 2019

It is regarded as the most controversial book about the heart of the Catholic Church, namely the Vatican. I am discussing about In the Closet of the Vatican, the book written by French journalist Frederic Martel and this is my review about this controversial essay. First of all, you must know that the disclosure of the work has been authorized by Pope Francis. This is, at least, the first shocking revelation made by the author in the pages of his literary text. As a matter of fact, In the Closet of the Vatican is a collection of the interviews made by the journalist during a long tour between Italy and the South of America. These interviews represent an excellent journalistic inquiry about the untold and unmentionable secrets of the Vatican Church. Yes, because the Vatican is a church, the Catholic Church. However, according to the book, the Vatican is a world aside, with its lies, secrets and dirty deals, as suggested by the complete title, namely, In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy. The work is shocking and shaking, in my view, because reveals the impressive and the unthinkable degree of corruption of the Catholic clergy! Just think…