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The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como

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"Fore, bella!" From the author of critically acclaimed Golfing with God comes a charming narrative of a hole-in-one trip through Italy -- a glorious summer of golfing, eating, and learning how to slow down and enjoy life.In the summer of 2007, Roland Merullo was feeling a little burnt out by the frantic pace of his life in the United States and decided to rent an Italian v ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Touchstone (first published April 9th 2009)
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Jan 18, 2016 Nancy rated it it was ok
I admire Roland Merullo's fiction. This non-fiction account of a family summer at Lake Como was not interesting enough to keep me reading to the end. I would recommend it, though, to golf lovers and gourmands. If you're not into golf, you can skip 1/3 of the chapters. If you're not a foodie, you can skip another 1/3.
May 16, 2011 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: didnt-finish
if you're into golf, you might like this. but if you're like me and know practically nothing about golf, you will not enjoy this. it started off so promisingly, but i found myself skipping chapters that focus exclusively on golf (and they are frequent) and finally gave up about halfway through. the title is misleading and this book would probably be better categorized as a sports book instead of a travel memoir. i also am not a fan of merullo's writing style, which, in addition to the golf refer ...more
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Nov 10, 2014 Carol Best rated it liked it
Since I am not a golfer, much of the book was not interesting to me but I enjoyed his descriptions of the Lake Como regions. Food was discussed thoroughly as well.
May 11, 2009 Turi rated it liked it
Shelves: golf, travel
When this book came across my desk to be cataloged, I wasn't sure where to put it - in with the golf books, in the Italian travel section, or (and this is the eternal question) as a biography? There was a lot of description of the area around Lake Como, only some of which was golf-related, so it ended up in with Italian travel books. That said, there was enough hole-by-hole description of rounds of golf that no-one but a golfer would want to read the whole thing. It was an quick and interesting ...more
Nov 02, 2009 Patty rated it it was ok
Nice read, but this guy is obnoxiously obsessed with golf!
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ROLAND MERULLO is the acclaimed author of twelve previous books, including Revere Beach Boulevard, In Revere in Those Days, A Little Love Story, Golfing with God, Breakfast with Buddha, Lunch with Buddha and American Savior. Merullo has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Award for both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
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