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Sicilian Splendors


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John Keahey is a retired newspaper reporter/news editor, and "writer who travels" who is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He first visited Sicily in 1986 and, enchanted, keeps returning in between writing other travel narratives. His books range from southern Italy to Venice to western Tuscany.


Praise for Sicilian Splendors"Keahey is a congenial host in this sunny and inquisitive memoir of his three-month excursion to the least-visited parts of Sicily. This is a wondrously joyous account of travel as it should be." -Publishers Weekly"Keahey provides a solid argument for seeing Sicily not for its stereotypes but for its surprising hospitality." -Kirkus"This insightful book, with its unique portraits of historically diverse small villages, should be a must-read for everyone interested in Sicily and Mediterranean Europe." -Booklist

"John Keahey appreciates these secret places of the heart because, like the Sicilians he knows so well, he is wise, inquisitive, and articulate. Inspired by such verisimo writers as Giovanni Verga and Maria Messina, who haunt its pages, Sicilian Splendors is a work of truth. In an age of information overload and prepackaged images, mandatory security checks and paranoid xenophobia, this book will restore your faith in the joys of travel, your openness to the possibilities in every chance encounter." -Anthony Di Renzo, author of Bitter Greens and Trinacria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily"Once again, John Keahey finds the roads less traveled. A Sicilian blue highway adventure, Keahey's latest effort takes the reader into the towns and villages not often found on tourism maps, finds local characters and haunts, samples the food, describes the always stunning vistas, visits the ancient ruins and modern construction and tells the local tales. His abiding passion for all things Italian, and especially Sicilian, remain evident in this travelogue, which should be recommended reading for anyone planning a visit to this magical island." -Paul Paolicelli, author of Under the Southern Sun"Roaming through towns and villages of sun-drenched Sicily, John Keahey not only explores their historical, cultural and literary traditions, but also celebrates the abiding warmth and affection of the welcoming Sicilians. For readers, Keahey's trip may be as savory as one of his favorite dishes, spaghetti con asparago e carcofi." -Paul Salsini, award-winning author of The Cielo"John Keahey reveals the rich history, culture, religiosity, and hospitality of a land that has won his heart." - Thomas Swick, acclaimed travel writer and author of A Way to See the World and The Joys of Travel

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