Congratulations to Dianne Hales and LA BELLA LINGUA, her memoir documenting her love of Italian and all things Italy. Seven years after its release, LA BELLA LINGUA this week sits at #8 on a New York Times bestseller list.
“Italians say that someone who acquires a new language ‘possesses’ it. In my case, Italian possesses me.”
Auguri, Dianne, and grazie! Your words perfectly capture what so many of us feel on this journey to conquer Italian.
“There is no English word that quite captures the sensation of innamoramento, crazy head-over-heels love, deeper than infatuation, way beyond bewitched, bothered, and bewildered. But that’s what I am–an innamorata, enchanted by Italian, fascinated by its story and its stories, tantalized by its adventures, addicted to its sound, and ever eager to spend more time in its company.”
Pop over to this week’s New York Times Bestsellers list, and keep up with Dianne at her award-winning Becoming Italian Word by Word. More at Prayers and Piazzas about Dianne’s books or about the time I met her in Italy and we wandered Mona Lisa’s Florence together.