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:

After you left, I recalled the name of the author I could not remember: he is Ken Wilber… if you are still interested in knowing! You can check his website @ www.kenwilber.com
I read 3 of his books; the last one is The Marriage of Sense and Soul, an interesting book about the relationship between science and religion in the modern world.
The book about Islam I was mentioning is titled: Inside Islam.
But there was one book I read few years ago during an important time of transition, that really inspired and empowered me; a book that put me in touch with myself, my instinctual nature and creativity and helped me to reconnect with it: Women who Run with the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

"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."

Just wanted to elaborate a little bit more on what we were talking today. Hope you’ll find the info useful.
Good luck with your blog!

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