Bookstores and libraries have played a big role in my reading life. Growing up in Brussels, Belgium, they were within walking distance from my parents’ house. At the end of the street was a second-hand bookseller and two blocks away, a large department store. Around the corner was the local library in which I spent hours researching materials for school projects. The librarians had a nickname for me: the Historian after my favorite section. From my house in Oregon, there are four libraries within a six miles radius. My book Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore is in two of them. I recently dropped in the nearest one and was told, to my delight, that it is continuously checked out. When I looked up the availability on their reference computer, I came across a wonderful review. Thank you Justine for posting it on LibraryThing.com. You made my day.
Bought this book after reading some raving reviews on Amazon and I’m glad I did.
It’s a story of one of the trips that the author organized as a tour guide for her American customers to visit the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. Kelly takes the group (they’re are all middle-aged women) on a very personalised tour of the area, showing them all the sights, the amazing shops, restaurants and many other hidden gems all along the Amalfi coast and Capri. It’s almost like a trip report or a blog from the travels, but only in the terms of the content; the language used is very elegant, certainly not a blog-style one. It’s a very pleasant read that will probably inspire a lot of people to plan their next visit to Italy. I found the book to be very informative, very well researched, it reads almost like a guidebook but a more personalized one, with loads of funny anecdotes etc. The reason I got interested in the book in the first place was an upcoming holiday in Amalfi and the book proved to be very helpful and provided great inspiration for my trip. I would certainly recommend “Gelato Sisterhood” to anybody planning a visit to Southern Italy and to all interested in Italian culture, history, sights etc. I believe however that it would be too detailed for those looking just for a light and fun read as it’s full of information on the area. — review by user justine28