A Year in the World by Frances Mayes -- pleasant enough book, but not my favorite; I did think often "oooh, I'd like to go there!" Too bad I don't travel more
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"How glamorous Ed looks in his Italian tuxedo, his 'smoking' as it's called by Italians who frequently leave off the second word of an imported term: basket, instead of basketball, night instead of nightclub." -- Reading this just now in A Year in the World by Frances Mayes made me remember my conversation the other night about why some of us call knit hats "toboggans." It must be our Italian ancestry! Toboggan hat becomes plain old toboggan.
They learned the importance of patients getting up and walking as an aid to healing. Also, the importance of antibiotics - and more widespread use of them was "tested" on these ailing soldiers.
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeleine Albright -- If you are interested in Czech history especially during World War II, you may like this book. It also talks a bit about Bohemia, Czech and Slovak breaks and the rise of Communism in this section of the world. Of course Ms. Albright talks about her family's experiences during these years which makes it even better.
War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam -- this book is a collection of accounts by 9 women; I enjoyed the variety of experiences, and especially enjoyed the account of the lady who adopted two daughters from Vietnam and went back years later with one of themOutwitting the Gestapo by Lucie Aubrac -- this book tells the story of a group of French resisters during the time Germany occupied France during WII; it's told from the point of view of Lucie - and covers 9 months of her life; pretty interesting book