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Ciao, America: An Italian Discovers the U.S.
Ciao America An Italian Discovers the US
Author: Beppe Severgnini
In the wry but affectionate tradition of Bill Bryson, Ciao, America! is a delightful look at America through the eyes of a fiercely funny guest — one of Italy’s favorite authors who spent a year in Washington, D.C. — — When Beppe Severgnini and his wife rented a creaky house in Georgetown they were determined to see if t...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780767912358
ISBN-10: 0767912357
Publication Date: 5/14/2002
Pages: 256
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3.5 stars, based on 20 ratings
Publisher: Broadway
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed Ciao, America: An Italian Discovers the U.S. on + 102 more book reviews
This is a laugh-out-loud funny book and I loved it! It's a humorous look at an Italian correspondent's year-long stay in Georgetown in DC ... and I really mean humorous. He is writing for a European audience, explaining things that to us Americans are common knowledge. Perhaps I found this so funny because I have traveled in Europe and am familiar with some of the customs he mentions ... or perhaps it would be funny to anyone, I'm not sure.

This book was written in 1995 with an additional chapter added in 2000. It's obvious that the author has a genuine love for America. It was great to get that feeling throughout the book, especially in the current international atmosphere where the US seems almost to be Public Enemy No. 1. However I would like to know how this book would have turned out if Severgnini had written it post-9/11.

Regardless, it was a quick read, full of laughs, and will be passed on to someone else to enjoy shortly. I may even give it to my mom ... she's not a big reader, but the chapters are short and the humor is excellent so she may like it!
simgirl avatar reviewed Ciao, America: An Italian Discovers the U.S. on
HA! Sooo funny, so many wonderful observations about America.
reviewed Ciao, America: An Italian Discovers the U.S. on + 6 more book reviews
I found this to be an interesting read about how others view the American culture. Quick read, kinda funny in parts.


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