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Safe in Your Head is an epic story about war and love, about the hopes and ambitions that haunt us through decades as the ghosts of our ancestors thrive in our dreams, in our memories, and in our most cherished hopes. Ever since he was a boy, Vittorio wanted to live in America. He remembers cases of food filled with chocolate and peanut butter dropping down in parachutes f ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published August 2nd 2013 by Stephen F. Austin University Press (first published April 4th 2013)
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Alex Daniel
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I find it hard to put my feelings about SAFE IN YOUR HEAD into words, but I'll do my best.

SAFE IN YOUR HEAD is a collection of short stories, but only kind of. You see, Laura Valeri's book is kind of an anthology of sorts, and the stories here deal with details of a family, a country, and the interaction between the two. Each story feels like a chapter, or a snapshot, taken of an impossibly long and large piece of work. These stories, though, do not take place in chronological order,
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Sandra Barron
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is comprised of ten short stories, most of them intertwined, linking the main character. The Italian background and stories color this book and give it the sense of intimacy that the author laces tightly with strings of lyrical prose. It can be beautiful and sad and you are endeared to the narrator, who is navigating the borderlands between her Italian childhood and her new life in New York. My favorite story in the book was "Cold War” and “A Kiss for Heaven’s Sake”, which are all abou ...more
Tina Whittle
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The stories in SAFE IN YOUR HEAD are pure conjuration, a trick of light and magic, words woven and weaving, piercing the veil between. Which is one of this book's recurrent themes -- the power of story to transcend even fact or truth, to become them after a while -- all of it tied to loss and grief, all of it leavened by the raw beauty of Valeri's words. History is permeable, chimerical, but is it ultimately knowable? As a reader, your perception shifts with each new story, each new voice, all o ...more
Melissa
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, so-good
I received a copy of this book through the goodreads first reads program.

This was a surprising read, in the best way. Each short story is layered with emotions and tragedy, innocence and loss, war and sacrifice. Beautifully written.
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