Reading Comorra, the first book by Italian journalist Roberto Saviano, which is about the region her friend lives in, pictured below. It was so controversial and revealing that Saviano needed body guards to protect him after it was published. Here's an article from The Independent.
Recently she read The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman and Inside Islam, by Daniel Ali.
We talked about how, though she is Italian, she prefers to read books in their original English--if you read them in translation, it takes the life out of them. It's more enjoyable to read them the way they were intended.
This is from an email that I received from her:
"A healthy woman is much like a wolf: robust, chock-full, strong life force, life-giving, territorially aware, inventive, loyal, roving. Yet separation from the wildish nature causes a woman's personality to become meager, thin, ghosty, spectral. We are not meant to be puny with frail hair and inability to leap up, inability to give chase, to birth, to create a life. When women's lives are in stasis, ennui, it is always time for the wildish woman to emerge; it is time for the creating function of the psyche to flood the delta...It means to establish territory, to find one's pack, to be in one's body with certainty and pride regardless of the body's gifts and limitations, to speak and act in one's behalf, to be aware, alert, to draw on the innate feminine powers of intuition and sensing, to come into one's cycles, to find what one belongs to, to rise with dignity, to retain as much consciousness as we can."
Her friend, who is a fashion designer and Italian instructor is currently reading a biography about Coco Chanel, which was written in the 1980's. But, for on the way over to meet her friend, she'd brought a fashion magazine, because it's easier to read when you're getting interrupted. She said that in Italy, the same magazine tells you, before each article, how long it will take you to read it, so you can time your reading to your commute! Her husband has a blog, too. Check out: cookwithjames.com