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Mezza Italiana: An enchanting story about love, family, la dolce vita and finding your place in the world (MP3)
Written by:
Zoë Boccabella 
Read by:
Marcella Russo 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
10 hours 45 minutes 
MP3 size:
446 MB 
Published:
November 01 2013 
Available Date:
November 28 2013 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781486200894 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Australian; Autobiography 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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"A charming and thoughtful writer with a vibrant story to tell. This is a memoir with a difference."
Frances Mayes

Zoe grew up in Brisbane in the 70s and 80s, back then it was mostly an Anglo Australian town, if you wanted to fit in you did not bottle tomatoes, have plastic on the hallway carpet and a glory box full of Italian linen tablecloths. Zoe then travels to Italy and stays in the house that has belonged to her family for centuries.

Growing up in Brisbane in the 1970s and 80s, Zoë Boccabella knew if you wanted to fit in, you did not bottle tomatoes, have plastic on the hallway carpet or a glory box of Italian linens. Though she tried to be like ‘everyone else’, refusing to learn Italian and even dyeing her dark hair blonde, Zoë couldn’t shake the unsettling sense of feeling ‘half-and-half’ - half Australian, mezza italiana - unable to fit fully into either culture, or merge the two. Years later, she travels to her family’s ancestral village of Fossa in Abruzzo and discovers a place that is the stuff of fairytales - medieval castles, mystics, dark forests, serpent charmers and witches. As Zoë stays in the house that has belonged to her family for centuries, the village casts its spell. She begins to realise the preciousness of her heritage as the stories, recipes and traditions of her extended Italian family become a treasured part of her life. Then, the earthquake hits...