A captivating delight for Francophiles, and everyone else, Carhart’s personal account of recapturing a long lost, childhood passion for piano, is seeped, in the scents, sights, and essence, of a Paris, few experience first-hand. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is a jewel of a book, which abundantly, and joyously, transports the reader to a musical, hidden world, unrealized by most mere mortals, on any continent.
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
Told in prose so poetic, you can practically taste the luscious, regional recipes, Mayes includes in this biography, without ever entering a kitchen. A renowned poet, travel writer, and chef, Mayes tells the story of her life in Tuscany as an expat, and new home owner. If you enjoyed the movie of the same name, that’s great, but don’t pass up the book because you think you already know the story. Under the Tuscan Sun weaves a completely different tale in print, then it did on the screen.
How Fast Can You Run by Harriet Levin Millan
Many people have heard of Africa’s lost boys, but none tell their story quite so well as Harriet Levin Millan, who shares her firsthand account, in this elegantly written book. As inspirational as it is lustrous, the book follows the journey of lost boy, Michael Majok Kuch, as he sets off to find his mother, after his village is burned down in Southern Sudan.
“When I met Mike, a South Sudanese ‘Lost Boy’ who told me his story, I was given this tremendous gift. I wanted to document his story in a way that would inspire people. I felt a tremendous desire to do this, before it was erased, the way my family’s history, fleeing anti-Semitism in Russia, and Eastern Europe has been. I never knew my grandparent’s real names, the names of the towns they came from, or the conditions of their migration to the U.S. There is power in understanding. I felt it was important to document Mike’s story so that people could begin to understand the situation in South Sudan, and open their hearts to refugees. The displacement that happened to Mike and his family, could happen to any one of us. The perpetrators may change, but the history of humanity is a refugee narrative,” shares Millan.