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July 31, 2011

i can’t stop daydreaming about the few sublime months i spent living in a castle in europe with a eurail ticket and passport in hand, unlimited travel plans being made at the drop of a dime. oh, to have someone hand me a plane ticket and it doesn’t have to be in europe. in fact, if jetblue wanted to give me one of those lovely 3-month passes, i’d take it, i would.

until that happens or i get my act together and save for another european escapade, i’ll have to immerse myself in the overseas adventures of others, both in real life and through books. in fact, i’m rather pleased to be accomplishing one of the goals on my 2011 list, rejuvenating my book-loving self. back in the day, i became a voracious reader in kindergarten, but the subject material was more centered around the life lessons of the berenstein bears. the latest book on my summer reading list was a bit of a departure from a family of bears.


laura fraser’s an italian affair tells the story of a woman (laura herself) whose husband broke off their short-lived marriage out of the blue. on a quest to get away and find some answers, she embarks on a trip to italy. there she meets an intriguing french professor.

“you grew up being reminded that you should always wear nice clean underwear in case
you have to go to the doctor suddenly, but no one every said anything about wearing
sexy ones in case you run into a french aesthetics professor on an island.”

i laughed out loud at that line.

while the two hit it off, they eventually must go back to their separate “normal” lives. however, they meet again. the rest of the book takes you on laura’s journeys and the time in between her adventures, back in san francisco, showing you how her life is affected by this mysterious “m” from paris.

if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself swept along with the story and the book will be over in no time. it’s a leisurely read, one that inspires some contemplation of laura’s life and maybe your own, but doesn’t bog you down with too much thinking. i would say it’s a good summer book, but realistically it would be great at any time of the year, letting you live vicariously through fraser’s words.

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