Self-help meets romance in 90s Italy with this powerful memoir exploring what it takes to be happy, perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Jandy Nelson, and Neil Gaiman
Italy, the late 1990s. What does it take to be happy?
Not a man, like nineteen-year-old Leda Balni was led to believe. Disillusioned by relationships she dives head first into her life to make it as fulfilling as possible.
Leda wants to become a genetic engineer.
Leda wants to sing in a band.
Leda wants to figure out what the hell is happiness and how to get it.
But what happens if she falls in love?
From Vespa adventures, to college exams, 1990s rock, philosophy, science, and chemistry—both the inorganic and the sizzling kind—teens and adults alike will laugh and cry with this thoughtful Italian memoir set in gorgeous Milan, Padua, and Garda Lake.
If you need for empowerment are solid life advice infused with Italian culture—this is it.
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The book, which can be read as self-standing, is the fifth novel in “The Italian Saga”.
You are a scientist and a college professor. What made you start writing novels?
My life was unusual, and after making all possible mistakes, I have found happiness in unexpected ways. After a lifetime of hearing “You should write a book about this!” I did, and my story turned into a whole series.
So, are the books based on your life?
Yes, they are. Although the novels are fictionalized to protect the privacy of people around me.
Who would enjoy this novel?
Anyone searching for their own way, travelers, wanderers, and people who enjoy witty realistic fiction and foreign cultures.
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Praise for “Finding Leda”:
“Addictive, candid, hilarious!”—Renni Acre, author
“SO HARD to put down! Some really good insight and tips for life. FANTASTIC!”—S. Byrde, author
“Leda is a smart, strong character who is learning not to be afraid of being herself. Beautifully and truthfully written. ”—A. Friedli, librarian
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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 many of her adventures are an inspiration for her fiction. Mostly she is 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 and her teaching. She authored the Indie Author Guide, the LGBTQ sci-fi fantasy Linked—Will Empathy Save the United Terrestrial Democracy?, The Italian Saga, a series of four novels that follows Leda’s adventures from childhood through the end of high school, and the Sonder Series, of which you just read volume one. The books, light-hearted and funny at first sight, deal with issues like sexuality, divorce, friendship, abuse, first love, and self discovery.
Among Amman’s favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Jandy Nelson, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Antoine de Saint Exupèry.
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