Marcus of Umbria

Marcus of Umbria

What An Italian Dog Taught An American Girl About Love

Book - 2010
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Marcus of Umbria by Justine van der Leun

Tired of laboring in city cubicles, Justine van der Leun sublets her studio apartment, leaves her magazine job, and moves to Collelungo, Italy, population: 200. There, in the ancient city center of a historic Umbrian village, she sets up house with the handsome local gardener she met on vacation only weeks earlier. This impulsive decision launches an eye-opening series of misadventures when village life and romance turn out to be radically different from what she had imagined. Love lost with the gardener is found instead with Marcus, an abandoned English pointer that she rescues. With Marcus by her side, Justine discovers the bliss and hardship of living in the countryside: herding sheep, tending to wild horses, picking olives with her adopted Italian family, and trying her best to learn the regional dialect. Not quite up to wild boar hunting, no good at gathering mushrooms, and no mamma when it comes to making pasta, she never quite fits in with the locals who, despite their differences, take her in as one of their own. The result is a rich, comic, and unconventional portrait about learning to live and love in the most unexpected ways.
Publisher: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, c2010
ISBN: 9781605299600
Branch Call Number: 945 .651 VAN
Characteristics: 218 p. ;,23 cm


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Kinds May 08, 2012

A great book for Eat Prey Love fans, or for ladies who have always wanted to move to Europe and find themselves!

Apr 13, 2012

A touching story of how love for a dog can transform a person - and FINALLY an animal story where the animal doesn't die as part of the "journey". This book is essentially the antidote to "The Yearling", "Marley & Me", and "The Art of Running in the Rain".

lglenx Feb 09, 2012

Wonderful book romp for dog lovers out there.

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