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Casa Nostra: A Home in Sicily [Paperback]

Caroline Seller Manzo
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15 Aug 2008

Englishwoman Caroline Seller met Marcello Manzo at a Halloween party in London in the mid-seventies. Although she spoke little Italian and he spoke practically no English, the chemistry between them was undeniable, and it wasn’t long before Caroline was invited to visit Marcello's family in Mazara del Vallo, Sicily. A large, eccentric, and loving clan living in a magnificent, crumbling villa, Santa Maria, the Manzos welcomed Caroline warmly, and soon she and Marcello were married. Together they traveled the world and started a family, but through it all, Santa Maria was never far from their thoughts. So when the Manzo brothers united to save the family's deteriorating estate, Marcello and Caroline eagerly signed on to the project—not entirely prepared for what they were getting into!

As seen through the eyes of Caroline Seller Manzo—an outsider who is often surprised and always delighted by her Italian family and adopted hometown—Casa Nostra is the captivating story of a villa's difficult, glorious rebirth and a celebration of the unique beauty and history of western Sicily and its people.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (15 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061373966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061373961
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Seller Manzo was born in London but was brought up in Fiji and has lived in many different countries, first with her parents, then with her husband, Marcello. She read classics at Oxford University and now works as a trainer in communication studies. She and Marcello have two daughters, and divide their time between London, Sicily, and Milan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Casa Nostra: A home in Sicily 29 July 2007
I have rarely come across such a well written, amusing and fascinating tale evoking all the senses one associates with Italy and more particularly Sicily.A must for anyone travelling to Sicily. Seller Manzo deserves high praise for this her first book and I am looking forward to the next one.
It is sad that it cannot yet be found in our UK book shops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Casa Nostra - A Home in Sicily 24 Sep 2007
Caroline Seller Manzo is a much-travelled Brit who married into a large and eccentric Sicilian family. This is the fascinating tale of how she and her husband struggled - with and, occasionally, against the family - to convert their part of a dilapidated villa-cum-castle into a home and a magnificent-looking holiday option for those who want to sample Sicilian culture. It is beautifully written, replete with cultural insights and highly amusing. It will resonate with all those who've moved into a Mediterranean culture. Especially with anyone who's been foolhardy enough to take on a building project in one of these. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the love of Sicily! 14 Jun 2008
This book is significantly more than a labour of love, although that it undoubtedly is. With fine literary style, supported by deep reservoirs of classical knowledge, Seller Manzo also provides us with a fine sweep of Sicilian culture, history and traditions. Never desceding into bathos, Seller Manzo avoids cultural stereotyping and instead paints a rich and vivid portrait of all-things-Sicilian. A rigorous yet sensitive handling of this dramatic island, the book is a highly informative (as well as entertaining) read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Casa Nostra - A Home in Sicily 19 Feb 2008
By Louise
A thoroughly enjoyable, well-written insight into life in Sicily. Highly recommended to all, particularly anyone with an interest in, or about to visit Sicily. Looking forward to the next work by this excellent author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is okay 14 Feb 2013
By franny
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Perhaps I have read too many of this type of book but I found that this one didn't hold my attention. I thought it was very put downable and I didn't rush to pick it up again. On the plus side, it gave great insight into Sicilian family life but it lacked that little extra something.
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