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Florence and Me: The story of how the city of Florence befriended an American girl from Brooklyn (...and Me Series Book 1) (English Edition) di [Bertolotti, Elaine]
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Florence and Me: The story of how the city of Florence befriended an American girl from Brooklyn

How an American girl lived in the fantastic city of Florence, Italy!

A true story of how Elaine lived a most extraordinary lifestyle, learning the Italian language, meeting interesting people while teaching English, and exploring the most beautiful city in Italy. Many incidents were laughable and often embarrassing, as she attempted to become an adopted “Fiorentina”. However, these unforgettable experiences rewarded her with a profound sense of accomplishment. Her grandparents, born in Italy, would have been proud of her!!!

She not only was able to teach English to the locals, but she was also fortunate enough to sustain an artistic career in her very own art studio. It always surprised her that, in this famous city of Florence dedicated to art, she could actually compete with fantastic artists and sell her works to both tourists and Florentines.

“Florence” never let her down, She encouraged and befriended her. The people showed a genuine interest in her and her American origins. She often considered herself an American “good will” ambassador as most of the people she encountered had a real thirst for knowledge about the USA. She had the opportunity to tell them as much as she could about her country and at the same time she learned so much about Italy and its culture.

There were moments when she struggled with learning the language and her chatter-boxing days seemed over. Her vocabulary was scarce at the beginning, and she had to keep her ears open to this new language so as to absorb the everyday idioms. She had taken 2 years of Italian at the university and although she always passed her exams with good marks, she found that the grammatically correct Italian just wasn’t enough to help her in the everyday conversation. So she concentrated, absorbed and did a lot of reading in this new language until finally she felt proficient enough to fit into her new Italian surroundings. It took some time but she did it!! Of course, she made a lot of laughable errors that she believes some people still remember, but that was just one part of learning from her mistakes!!!

The atmosphere in her beautiful Florence was such that she felt completely invincible. Her stay there was in the middle ‘70s and the city today has undoubtedly changed, but she likes to think of herself as one of the pioneers who paved the road for the hundreds of Americans who are choosing to live there even now.

“I am a proud Italian American, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York who never would forget her native country and all her beauties. I feel that it was definitely destiny that took my hand and led me to Italy. My heart is in love with my both countries. I’m a lucky girl!!” – Elaine.

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  • Lunghezza stampa: 64
  • Editore: Elaine Bertolotti; 1 edizione (8 maggio 2014)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00K871C3Y
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  • Media recensioni: 4.8 su 5 stelle 4 recensioni clienti
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This is a charming little book about the author’s personal experience of moving to Florence from America in the 1970s. It is full of lots of episodes about life in Italy, local traditions and customs, the city’s churches and monuments, the writer’s struggle to learn a new language, her love of art and her feelings about the city of Florence. The style is very spontaneous and informal, in fact it almost feels more like a long letter from a friend living abroad, rather than a novel. A very pleasant read.
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This book is the charming story of one girl’s love affair with Florence. The city, I mean! The authoress comes across as likeable and modest, and she clearly has a good sense of humour. Ok, she eats babies, but nobody’s perfect. Read the book to find out more and have a laugh….

The book is not big on lengthy descriptions of Florence, but there are loads of other books for that. It’s really the tale of how the author came to Florence to live in the seventies, it's about her determination to learn Italian while characters pop in and out of the book. As part of her adventure, she became a successful artist. And she became so fluent in the language that she ended up teaching English to the Italians – As a native of the UK myself, I regard that as a huge achievement for any American!

Of course no book about Italy would be complete without mention of Italian food, and the book includes polenta which tasted of wet cement (I made it and it tasted like wallpaper paste) and an episode about exploding tomatoes. I hope I’ve whetted your appetite to delve into this lovely wee book.

And now I’m off to read Elaine’s book “Turin and Me”. If it’s half as much fun as this book, I’ll be well pleased.
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I liked the story very much; a true story of a girl who ventures in a strange land for her.
She was able to deal with this change with positivity and enthusiasm typical of young girls.
As an author, she is very realistic and at the same time she is able to make her life story very interesting thanks to the detailed descriptions of places and people.
Elaine has managed to adapt very well to Italy and difficulties of learning the new language and the new culture.
A foreign language should not be a barrier even though at first it way be very difficult; with a lot of patience and good will you can learn it.
I already recommended this book to other people because I consider it a good book for italians as well. It's written in an easy language.
I think it's also useful for those who want to learn the language better.
I just started reading the second book of hers, Turin and me and I hope that it will be as good as Florence and me.
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Ho letto con piacere il fluente libro di Eliana e mi auguro che altri giovani italiani possano ripetere la stessa esperienza con altrettanto entusiasmo!!!
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Amazon.com: 4.8 su 5 stelle 28 recensioni
5.0 su 5 stelle This lovely memoir is engaging & charming 29 gennaio 2015
Di PA - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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This lovely memoir is charming, engaging and very humorous at times. Having had a home in France myself for several years, I could clearly identify with the author's trial and error cultural faux pas'. I too walked around with a dictionary (French/English) in the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed her tale of babysitting and words lost in translation. (One day the woman asked me (in Italian) if I had fed the baby yet. I answered, without blinking an eye, "Si, ho mangiato la bambina un ora fa" (which translated is, "I ate the baby an hour ago") I'm still laughing, Elaine. Been there, seen that, done that. You were spot on. Loved it!
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5.0 su 5 stelle A lovely weekend book 17 novembre 2014
Di Lydia Brede - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Florence and Me is a charming book about how a Brooklyn girl moves to Florence, Italy, during the ‘70s, and starts a new life. The memoir is organized into concise chapters, each one a vignette about the many adventures the writer has as she finds her footing. In the beginning, her Italian is sub-par and she mangles the pronunciation of Italian words, leading to humorous misunderstandings. Over time, she finds a roommate, enrolls in art school, gets over her fear of making phone calls in Italian, and even starts a translation business.

What I like most about the book was the courage and initiative Bertolotti showed during her years there. For example, during an Italian postal worker strike, the writer went around asking tourists to bring her letters abroad and post them to her family in America. Bravo!

It's difficult enough for an only child to be away from family, not to mention live in a foreign land. However, the writer tackles every challenge head-on. The many quirky reminiscences, such as her experiment with tomato-canning, are written with humor and wit, and her spirit of adventure is quite infectious.

It’s a quick read, suitable for those who are interested in Florence, or what life in Italy during the ‘70s was like. Highly recommended.
5.0 su 5 stelle Enjoyable read ! 13 luglio 2014
Di maureen - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I very much enjoyed “Florence and me”, which details the life of an Italian American girl moving to Florence Italy. I found the book filled with many interesting facts about the city, travel and Italy. Florence is a city I visited in my youth and again recently, a city I love dearly. Reading the stories in the book brought me back to many of the places I had visited. It was interesting to remember a time where travel and communication was more of a challenge, before cell phones and the Internet. I enjoyed the stories that showed how you adapt to a new environment, along the way loving the journey. I thought the girls to be very brave and adventuress.
5.0 su 5 stelle Heartwarming Memoir 4 giugno 2014
Di Elizabeth M Forgione - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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A humorous and loving account of living abroad in the pre tech era before every thing was everywhere and it was possible to lose yourself in another culture.
Brought me back to my own experience living in Spain in 1969.
A must read for anyone who had a study or living abroad adventure prior to the internet. A time when letters were the only form of communication and there was not another American expat on every corner. Loved it!!
5.0 su 5 stelle Quirky, funny, and lovable travelogue-style memoir! 11 gennaio 2016
Di Robin & Jim - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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This is the story that every gir dreams she will do... Up and move to a new country, just like that! But rarely do we ever do things like this, so reading Florence and Me was a lovely,and quite funny, way to live vicariously through the author. I love that, upon getting to Italy and realizing she must learn the language, she "remained undaunted when people would look at me blankly as their minds raced, searching out a word in italiano which could possibly be the one I was so haltingly pronouncing." And that she was sure that if she stopped writing her many letters to home the Italian postal service would go bankrupt! (Two letters I found particularly hilarious included "My teacher told me that my name in Italian is Eliana." and "Please send me my birth certificate! FAST! Will explain in my next letter." 😆) We get to experience her first attempts shopping, her signing a lease to her very own art studio (as you can see on the cover, this author is an artist as well!), her seeing how much music is everywhere in Italy, and many funny little cross-cultural oddities, like women having to legally keep their maiden names after marriage: She writes of this, "The only trouble was when addressing a woman with her title Signora (Mrs.) it was quite confusing as I never knew if I have to call her Signora and her maiden last name, or Signora with her marriage name. If the first choice is used, it sounds like we’re calling her mother. I never did find out the answer to this problem as perhaps no one ever thought it would come up."

I would recommend this book of Florence memoirs to anyone wishing to go there, or who remembers their own visit, or, really, anyone wanting a taste of il Italiano!
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