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Booknotes, Sunday, July 28, 2002
Beppe Severgnini discusses Ciao, America!.

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 they could adapt to a full four seasons in a country obsessed with ice cubes, air-conditioning, recliner chairs, and, of all things, after-dinner cappuccinos. From their first encounters with cryptic rental listings to their back-to-Europe yard sale twelve months later, Beppe explores this foreign land with the self-described patience of a mildly inappropriate beachcomber, holding up a mirror to America’s signature manners and mores. Succumbing to his surroundings day by day, he and his wife find themselves developing a taste for Klondike bars and Samuel Adams beer, and even that most peculiar of American institutions -- the pancake house. The realtor who waves a perfect bye-bye, the overzealous mattress salesman who bounces from bed to bed, and the plumber named Marx who deals in illegally powerful showerheads are just a few of the better-than-fiction characters the Severgninis encounter while foraging for clues to the real America. A trip to the computer store proves just as revealing as D.C.’s Fourth of July celebration, as do boisterous waiters angling for tips and no-parking signs crammed with a dozen lines of fine print. By the end of his visit, Severgnini has come to grips with life in these United States -- and written a charming, laugh-out-loud tribute. Ciao, America! reads like Alexis de Tocqueville reincarnated with a sense of humor. Beppe Severgnini is not only wickedly witty, he is an astute and intelligent observer of the American way of life. A wonderful and uplifting book. —from the publisher's website (timspalding)… (more)
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Beppe Severgnini is a columnist for Italy's Carriere della Sera and also writes for The Economist. He is a bestselling author in Italy, his books including Inglesi, a portrati of modern Britain. Severgninilives with his wife in Crema, Italy. [from the jacket of Ciao, America! (2001)] His full name is Giuseppe Severgnini.
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