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Ripe for the Picking by Annie Hawes

Ripe for the Picking

by Annie Hawes

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The best of the ex-pat memoirs because of the author's ability to observe and analyze the ways of the local people almost with an anthropologist's eye, yet constantly open to the ridiculous and with a humorous turn of phrase. She seems a person who would be extremely goof company: understanding, intelligent and able to entertain with her goof humored anecdotes.
  richard_dury | Dec 14, 2018 |
I read Extra Virgin a few years back and enjoyed it so when I spotted this on the library shelf I picked it up for holiday reading. Story of everyday life in Liguria from a British point of view. Mostly about trying to get the house reroofed, which makes it sound terribly boring, but it's jam packed with little details that bring the whole neighbourhood to life. Non fiction and fiction at the same time really (this Observer article shows that she doesn't exactly tell it like it is (not a bad thing)). I liked it and would like to read more books like it.
  nocto | Dec 8, 2010 |
Annie Hawes' stories of her life in Italy are by the far the most down-to-earth and real and interesting of any that I've ever read. If you've never encounted Hawes, please have a look at "Extra Virgin" and work your way over here. Hawes doesn't patronize the people that she writes about, she loves and understands them, and, with time, the reader does too. She is by far the best guide to the real Italy and real Italians that I have encountered. And she's darn funny! ( )
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During the course of Annie Hawes' new book, local culinary superstar, Ciccio, gradually takes over as Annie's constant companion. How irresistible is a man who first demonstrates his affection and esteem by inviting her into his vineyard to help him mix up cow manure, which she spends the afternoon slapping onto an old pizza oven to improve its insulation, before driving her at terrifying speed to a Herbie Hancock concert? But even with Ciccio's help, the everyday life of Ligurian folk never seems to lose its surreal edge for Annie. How long does she have to stay at Diano San Pietro before it all becomes normal run-of-the-mill stuff and ceases to amaze her? Will she ever manage to go native?

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Englishwoman Annie Hawes describes life in a small Ialian village in Liguria.

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