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'A warm summer breeze lifts pale blue sheets and a host of marshmallow clouds float over my balcony.'

The Ghosts of Italy is Angela Paolantonio's memoir of how she first discovers and then returns to live in the remote mountain village in Southern Italy where her grandparents were born. She sets out late one November, just after having celebrated Thanksgiving alone on a ro
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 19th 2016 by Create Space (first published September 9th 2016)
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Elyse  Walters
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Update: "The Ghosts of Italy"--is now a available as a *Kindle* download!!! Its either $9.99 to own or a free Kindle unlimited! Its a wonderful story!!!

Angela Paolantonio's wrote a rare treasure. 'Angela' is a rare treasure! It's impossible to read her memoir and not be moved by this woman: bright, curious, and passionate, ......
Angela Paolantonio is a photographer, writer, curator, and consultant for arts and photography exhibits, books, and events, both in Italy and the United States.

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Nancy
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In reading this book I have the advantage of (1.) Living in Italy myself, and (2.) Having once visited Calitri on a whim, having no idea what it was like. We did have a chance meeting with Angela on that visit. When I heard she had written a book I was very intrigued and wanted to read it. I purchased a copy here in Italy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved its pace and sequencing through her whole journey from tentative beginnings to full embrace into her two family lines. The love affair ...more
Tricia
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Upon reading "Ghosts of Italy" I was inspired, captivated, and enthralled. I felt as though I was making Angela's journey along side of her. If only a little of her girl power could rub off on me! Her mastery of story telling is charming, with interjections of the Italian language coloring the vivid scenes she paints in your mind. As I neared the end I found myself rationing pages, allowing myself only a few each day, wishing to prolong the inevitable end. Now I hold onto the hope that a sequel ...more
Marlene Dunham
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is for anyone who loves travel; for anyone who loves Family History; for anyone who loves Italy, romance and so much more. I have been to those small hill towns of Southern Italy and Angela captures it perfectly. She takes you on her personal journey back to the roots of her ancestors. (Finding romance along the way). You can almost feel the warm summer breeze and hear the church bells ringing. She takes you there with her and you will be totally engrossed in the experience. I recommen ...more
Janice
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I anxiously awaited the publication of this book since reading an article in the New York Times about Angela Paolantonio’s move back to Calitri, her ancestral town in Italy. As someone who also lives with the fantasy of an Italian life, I was curious to know how this story turns out. I lived vicariously as I quickly read each chapter, and as I got further in I slowed down to “save” the remaining pages. I didn’t want to leave Paolantonio’s world of her ancestors’ ghosts and the present day life i ...more
Zlata
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED The Ghosts of Italy. Angela does a great job of sharing her own story including the adventures of discovering her family roots as well as the challenges of doing so when one’s residence is across the ocean. Speaking of family, you will notice many profound values and expressions of love that are quiet and yet fierce. Her writing and descriptions of countrysides, towns, tastes and colors made me feel like I was right there with her experiencing the beauty and intricacies of living in Bella ...more
Karen
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely memoir that takes you into the heart of Italian living. Having Italian in-laws, I am interested in all things Italian and was eager to get my hands on this book. It doesn't disappoint. Thank you, Angela, for sharing your story about life in Italy, your personal experiences, and your family history.
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Angela Paolantonio is the author of THE GHOSTS OF ITALY (2016).

In her new book, STILL LIFE WITH SAINTS (2020), she trades Mulholland Drive for via Fontana to live in the house where her Italian spirit was born, on a magical lane among the women of the village who take her under their wing and into their lives.

You can follow her on her blog at lamericana.blogspot.com

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