The Jet Set Summer Reading List

Travel around the world with these good reads!


Meet Me in Barcelona by Mary Carter

Explore the sexy city of Barcelona on a surprise work trip with Grace Sawyer and her boyfriend Jake. But after the supposedly free trip to the city turns into a nightmare, Grace needs to find her missing boyfriend in this thriller filled with mystery, the complexities of childhood bonds,  and the corrosive weight of guilt and blame. On Amazon: Meet Me in Barcelona


At Least Your in Tuscany by Jennifer Criswell

You gotta love Jennifer Criswell. She made her dreams a reality when she dropped everything and moved to Montepulciano, Italy from New York City. She tells a hilarious tale of how she envisioned life (lazy mornings sipping espresso while penning a best-selling novel and jovial group dinners) and real life (no work, constant struggles with Italian bureaucracy to claim citizenship through her ancestors, and becoming the talk of the town after her torrid affair with a local married fruit vendor). On Amazon: At Least You’re in Tuscany: A Somewhat Disastrous Quest for the Sweet Life


Beyond the Pasta by Mark Leslie

Several years ago, on a break between theatrical gigs in Alabama, Mark Leslie traveled to Italy and fell in love with the people, food and culture. Armed with just enough courage, minimal Italian language skills, and a certain proficiency in the kitchen, he enrolled in a full-immersion cooking and language program.

He would travel south of Tuscany to Viterbo, Italy and live with an Italian family. His teachers were beyond his wildest dreams-he learned to cook from the grandmother, or Nonna, of the family, who prepared every meal in a bustling, busy household, as women in her family have done for generations. Her daughter, Alessandra, taught him the language with patience and precision. Besides culinary secrets and prepositions, they opened their lives to him, and made him a real part of their extensive family.

Read like a journal, follow Mark on his Italian adventures as he cooks authentic dishes with Nonna, explores the countryside and immerses himself in the Italian culture. On Amazon: Beyond the Pasta; Recipes, Language and Life with an Italian Family


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