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Dianne Hales

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Ever since I was a girl, I had only one career goal: to write for a living. And so I have--more than a thousand articles for national publications, 15 trade books, 24 editions of the leading college health textbook.

Along the way I fell--madly, gladly, giddily--in love with Italian. Years of passionate study led to LA BELLA LINGUA: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language, which in turn led to many delightful consequences. Most unexpected: being knighted by the President of Italy!

My research in Florence led me to intriguing clues about the real woman in Leonardo da Vinci's iconic portrait, Mona (Madame) Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo. My new book, MONA LISA: A LIFE DISCOVERED, tells the story of Florence's most famous
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Mona at Book Passage
Over the last year I've traveled thousands of miles to give talks and presentations on MONA LISA: A Life Discovered. Just about everywhere I went, I discovered that "she" was already there. Here's a sampling:


MONA LISA at libraryAt a library in Chicago


Mona in gelato shop


In a gelato shop


Mona at Phoenix Art Museum


At the Phoenix Art Museum


Mona Leather Shop


At a leather goods store


Mona on Florence street


On a Florence street


Mona Lisa on via Margutta


On via Margutta in Rome


Mona Lisa in Siracusa


In Siracusa, Sicily


Mona no face


Lost in space


Monnalisa boat


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"I have a poster of Mona Lisa in our living room. We often draw on top of her glass with whiteboard markers. Mustaches, necklaces, and tattoos often appear on her. But I knew little of the Italian woman. After reading this story of how she may have..." Read more of this review »
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Dianne Hales Frances wrote: "I thought Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend and her The Story of a New Name were brilliant. I bought the as-yet untranslated third volume of the trilogy in Italian. Storia di chi fugue e di chi ..."

Frances wrote: "I thought Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend and her The Story of a New Name were brilliant. I bought the as-yet untranslated third volume of the trilogy in Italian. Storia di chi fugue e di chi ..."

I agree and I look forward to the other two volumes. You've inspired me: I want to go back and read My Brilliant Friend in Italian!


Frances Mayes I thought Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend and her The Story of a New Name were brilliant. I bought the as-yet untranslated third volume of the trilogy in Italian. Storia di chi fugue e di chi resta. It's difficult for me!


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