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Monday, September 28, 2009

Biography Review - When In Rome

Author: Penelope Green
Review date: Sep 2009

I loved this book. Penelope Green documents her decision to leave her PR executive job in Sydney and move to Rome to play out her long-held dream to live in Italy. (I'm always impressed when anyone takes a step outside of their comfort zone, aren't you?) She leaves behind her life in Sydney to find herself in a foreign country; unable to speak the language, without a job lined up and without a place to live. As her publisher writes:

In frank and hilarious detail, Penny writes about her immersion into life in the Eternal City: from her first giddy Vespa ride to wrestling with the Italian language and culture (not to mention a few lecherous locals), to seeing in her birthday at midnight with a kiss from her lover under the floodlit Colosseum.

I read it a year or so after returning from a trip with Hubby and our two big boys to Italy in 2005. Rome was our last stop on our itinerary. Penelope writes beautifully about the sites and people of Rome, which took me back to our time there. She's pretty candid about her relationships and really takes you with her on her journey. I thought it a pretty good read!

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