by Ann Patchett: Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice-president, a lavish party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. A band of terrorists breaks in during the performance of Roxanne, opera's most revered soprano. What begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Fiction.
Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride: In a historical novel based on a real-life massacre at St. Anna di Stazzema, a small village in Tuscany, during World War II, four African-American soldiers from the 92nd Division, a band of partisans, and a young Italian boy come together to experience a miracle.
Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg: Captures the humorous and complex realities of ordinary people living in Elmwood Springs, Missouri, including Neighbor Dorothy, a radio hostess, her son Bobby, the Oatman Family Gospel Singers, and hotshot salesman Hamm Sparks.
A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi: It's a love story between two middle-aged people from different cultures. She moves to Venice to marry a man she's only known for a few months. It's well written, insightful and has some great recipes in it. She is a former food writer and chef and they now do gastronomic tours in Tuscany.
Paranoid Parenting: Why Ignoring The Experts May Be Best For Your Child by Frank Furedi: Hardly a day goes by without parents being warned of a new threat to their children's well being. Everything is dangerous: the crib, the babysitter, the school, the supermarket, and the park. Paranoid Parenting suggests that parental anxieties themselves are the worst influence on children.